Controversial Comments Lead to Dismissal of Israeli News Anchor over Insensitive Remarks about Kidnapped Woman’s Appearance

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

Noa Argamani, who was kidnapped during the October 7 Hamas terrorist attack while attending the Nova music festival, was rescued alongside three other hostages after 245 days in captivity. The rescue has been overshadowed by controversy surrounding 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 comments she made on Instagram about Argamani’s appearance after her release. In a now-viral video, Tanour posted an Instagram story on Saturday discussing how Noa Argamani looked after her release and commented that her eyebrows looked better than hers.

Tatour’s comments sparked outrage among many who criticized her insensitive remarks about 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 Tanour’s words and that her work on the show had been terminated immediately. Keshet, the network that aired Tanour’s show, did not immediately respond to requests for comment. Tanour’s Instagram account is now private and she could not be reached for comment on the situation.

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