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Amit Elkayam took this photo for The New York Times. It shows posters of kidnapped Israelis on a main street in Tel Aviv on Sunday, October 13, 2023. Hamas is holding approximately 200 Israeli hostages and foreign nationals abducted during its October 7th surprise attack. Primarily civilians, they range from infants to people in their 80s. A group called the Hostages and Missing Families Forum is doing intense outreach and lobbying and is behind the poster campaign.
In the video, we discuss how well the posters inform the comparisons analysts have made between this attack and 9/11. We examine the poster’s striking format and how it has circulated worldwide. Finally, we look at the posters as a reflection of how opposing factions inside Israel have come together – at least for now.
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