×

Controversy Surrounds Noa Argamani’s Rescue Amid Insensitive Comments from Israeli News Anchor

Israeli TV Network Fires Anchor for Controversial Comments on Rescued Hostage Appearance

Controversy Surrounds Noa Argamani’s Rescue Amid Insensitive Comments from Israeli News Anchor

Noa Argamani’s rescue from Gaza has been met with both joy and controversy. The 24-year-old was kidnapped by Hamas militants during the October 7 terrorist attack while attending the Nova music festival. After months in captivity, she was finally rescued alongside three other hostages on June 8, 2024. Images and videos of her reuniting with her family were widely shared online and in the media.

However, the celebration of Argamani’s safe return has been overshadowed by comments made by an Israeli news anchor, Lama Tatour. Tatour, an Arab-Israeli actor who hosted the Arabic cultural show “Perspective” on Keshet 12, was fired over her insensitive remarks about Argamani’s appearance after her release. In an Instagram story on Saturday, she posted a comment about how Noa Argamani looked better than herself due to her groomed eyebrows.

Tatour’s remarks sparked outrage, with many criticizing her insensitivity towards a woman who had endured months of captivity. Israeli news network Kan reported that Khaled Natur, the show’s producer, announced her dismissal on Saturday, stating that the network strongly condemned her words and that her work on the show had been terminated immediately. Keshet, the network that aired Tatour’s show, did not respond to requests for comment on the matter.

You May Have Missed