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A hostage video is out of one of the Americans being held by Hamas in Gaza

STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

For the first time in six months, Hamas has released a video of one of the Americans held hostage in Gaza. He is Hersh Goldberg-Polin, and his parents want him home. NPR's Michele Kelemen has more from Tel Aviv.

MICHELE KELEMEN, BYLINE: Twenty-four-year-old Israeli American Hersh Goldberg-Polin looks straight into the camera, seemingly under duress, denouncing Israel's government for the war in Gaza. He's missing part of one arm. It was blown off in the Hamas-led attack on a dance party on October 7 before he was captured. His father, Jonathan Polin, says it was overwhelming to watch.

(SOUNDBITE OF ARCHIVED RECORDING)

JONATHAN POLIN: We're relieved to see him alive, but we are also concerned about his health and well-being, as well as that of all of the other hostages and all of those suffering in this region. And we're here today with a plea.

KELEMEN: A plea to all those negotiating a hostage deal - the U.S., Egypt and Qatar, as well as Hamas and Israel.

(SOUNDBITE OF ARCHIVED RECORDING)

POLIN: Be brave. Lean in. Seize this moment and get a deal done to reunite all of us with our loved ones and to end the suffering in this region.

KELEMEN: His mother, Rachel Goldberg, added this.

(SOUNDBITE OF ARCHIVED RECORDING)

RACHEL GOLDBERG: And, Hersh, if you can hear this, we heard your voice today for the first time in 201 days. And if you can hear us, I am telling you - we are telling you - we love you. Stay strong. Survive.

(SOUNDBITE OF PROTEST)

UNIDENTIFIED PROTESTERS: (Shouting in non-English language).

KELEMEN: In Jerusalem, protesters demanding a hostage deal scuffled with police near Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's residence. The Hostage Families Forum issued a statement saying, quote, "Hersh's cry is the collective cry of all the hostages and a warning that time is running out." President Biden's national security adviser, Jake Sullivan, says the FBI is examining the hostage video.

(SOUNDBITE OF ARCHIVED RECORDING)

JAKE SULLIVAN: This is an innocent young man being held hostage by a terrorist organization, and he should be released immediately without condition and without delay.

KELEMEN: Sullivan calls this a priority for President Biden, who on Wednesday met with an American child who had been held captive by Hamas. Abigail Edan was released in a previous hostage deal. The U.S. blames Hamas for stalling negotiations on the new one. Meanwhile, Israel's defense minister is vowing to pursue Hamas everywhere in Gaza until all 133 hostages are released.

Michele Kelemen, NPR News, Tel Aviv.

(SOUNDBITE OF MUSIC) Transcript provided by NPR, Copyright NPR.

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Michele Kelemen has been with NPR for two decades, starting as NPR's Moscow bureau chief and now covering the State Department and Washington's diplomatic corps. Her reports can be heard on all NPR News programs, including Morning Edition and All Things Considered.