Images from the aftermath of the Supernova Music Festival Attack and Israel rave near Gaza in October 2023 and an image of a German-Israeli woman named Shani Louk who was in attendance.

Supernova Music Festival Attack / Israel Rave Attack

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Overview

The Supernova Music Festival Attack refers to an October 2023 attack on an Israeli rave and music festival near the border of Gaza, which was swarmed by Palestinian and Hamas militants that killed roughly 260 Israeli civilians in attendance. The festival was also referred to as the "Tribe of Nova." On the day of the initial Israel-Hamas October 2023 Conflict, the music festival received viral news coverage with outlets centering on female concert-goers who were kidnapped and killed, including a German-Israeli woman named Shani Louk, among many others. The so-called "Peace Festival" drew the attention of significant internet discourse in which people juxtaposed the Israeli citizens and Hamas militants, many calling them terrorists and discussing the socio-political contrasts portrayed by the massacre and tragedy.

Background

On October 7th, 2023, Hamas (the "Islamic Resistance Movement") launched an incursion into Israel from Gaza. This attack included numerous rocket barrages and assaults by ground forces, boats and motorized paragliders crossing into Israeli territory. According to reports on October 8th, around 700 Israelis were killed and over 2,200 were wounded, with roughly 400 Palestinians also killed.[1]

That same day, a music festival called Supernova, reportedly intended to celebrate peace outside of Reโ€™im, took place close to the border of Gaza (map shown below, left).[2] According to BBC,[2] more than 260 bodies were recovered from the festival site following the attack. An eyewitness account retelling the events said, "Fifty terrorists arrived in vans, dressed in military uniforms" and "fired bursts" into the crowd. A screencap from a video taken at the scene, showing a female concert-goer fleeing, was used by BBC[2] (shown below, right).


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Videos of the event were uploaded to social media, such as a video posted by TikToker[3] @yuuuot3 on October 7th, 2023, which showed Hamas paragliders flying over the festival, gaining roughly 616,600 plays and 22,000 likes in two days (shown below). The video was reposted to X[4] later on the same day, receiving over 1 million views in two days.

@yuuuot3 ืฉื‘ืช ืฉืœื•ื #tribeofnova #ืขื•ื˜ืฃืขื–ื” #ืคื™ืฆื•ืฆื™ื #ื™ืจื•ื˜ื™ื โ™ฌ original sound โ€“ Rttttdf

Drone footage of the attack (originally posted to Telegram) was uploaded by the YouTube[12] account of Guardian News on October 8th, 2023, receiving over 1.3 million views in one day (shown below).



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Shani Louk's Abduction

During the attack on October 7th, 2023, news outlets like The Telegraph[5] reported on a story that 23-year-old Shani Louk, a German-Israeli festival-goer, was tortured, killed and then paraded by Hamas militants. A video of Louk at the festival, posted to her Instagram[6] on the day of, was reposted and shared on X.[7] Viral posts about her death were also shared on X,[8] such as one from @OliLondonTV that received roughly 38,100 likes in two days (shown below).


Oli London @OliLondonTV This is the innocent woman ruthlessly killed and tortured by Hamas militants today. Her body was paraded in the back of a pickup truck in her underwear while men spat on her. Her name was Shani Louk and she was a German citizen attending a music festival to promote peace near the Gaza border. 6:54 PM Oct 7, 2023 8M Views :

Online Reaction

As the story of the Supernova Music Festival attack spread on social media, discourse ensued about the tragedy. For instance, on October 8th, 2023, X[9] user @Cernovich portrayed sympathy with the victims of the attack in a post that received roughly 31,500 likes in one day (shown below, left). In contrast, on October 8th, X[10] user @TamaraINassar stated, "Personally, I would simply not attend a rave mere miles away from one of the world's largest open-air prisonsโ€ฆ" gaining roughly 3,400 likes in one day (shown below, right).


Cernovich @Cernovich Subscribe Everyone knows that in war, men are allowed to kill men. No one in US would care if Hamas had attacked or ambushed the IDF. Sucks but that's how it goes. War is war. Hamas invaded a rave and r---- and tortured and then displayed tourist women as trophies. Palestine is f-----. 4:18 PM Oct 8, 2023 2.6M Views Tamara N. @TamaraINassar Personally, I would simply not attend a rave mere miles away from one of the world's largest open-air prisons, where two million indigenous people are being held in a ghettoized area by an apartheid power idk Collin Rugg @CollinRugg Oct 7 NEW: Video shows Hamas terrorists paragliding into Israel during a festival. The terrorist reportedly entered the festival and began shooting those in attendance. 0:16 In response to the attacks by Hamas, Israel PM Benjamin Netanyahu is vowing to "fight them to the bitter end."... Show more ... 5:15 PM - Oct 8, 2023 184.7K Views Tik Tok ruots

Humorous and memetic reactions also appeared online, such as a post shared by X[11] user @uncledoomer on October 8th, 2023, who referenced David Guetta's 'Shout Out To His Family' DJ set that occurred after the Death of George Floyd, receiving roughly 2,700 likes in one day (shown below).


doomer @uncledoomer imagining david guetta performing the โ€œi have a dream" remix at the gaza strip rave as hamas paragliders circle overhead 11:02 PM . Oct 8, 2023 72.4K Views D ... Pioneer Dy

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Various Reactions


@zei_squirrel Israelis were having a rave near where the apartheid regime has created the world's largest open-air prison, torturing and killing its population with 1 million children. They were partying, getting high, dancing to techno without a care in the world near a concentration camp 5:27 AM - Oct 8, 2023 4M Views Follow . SDL Follow @SocDoneLeft Every leftist who fails to condemn violence against civilians by Hamas is a gift to the right. Decolonization does not require indiscriminate killings of random civilians in traffic or at a rave, actually! 1:16 AM - Oct 9, 2023 315.8K Views duncan b- @dunksdeux imagine you're drinking a $18 sparkling water called Butterfly Mist, rolling on the worst molly ever stamped, and listening to EDM from the bush administration when Hamas guys start dropping out of the sky. thats the kind of s--- that in the old testament meant god is mad at you Jack Poso HOLY SHLIT 0:11 @JackPosobiec ยท Oct 7 Hamas paradropped right into an ongoing rave in Israel They had no idea what was coming Follow 9:38 PM Oct 7, 2023 2.4M Views TikTok @youngs Armand Domalewski @ArmandDoma Follow Look, if the Ukrainains hang glided into a rave in Crimea and r---- and murdered a bunch of civilians whose only crime was suspect taste in EDM I would...also condemn that Daniel Denvir @DanielDenvir. Oct 7 So... it turns out that many people's support for Ukraine isn't based on a belief in the universal right to resist occupation and annexation. 4:42 PM . Oct 8, 2023 from California, USA โ€ข 207K Views LindyMan @PaulSkallas Subscribe I like techno music. But not enough to travel to the border of the Gaza strip to attend a rave You gotta really love techno to do that 9:07 AM Oct 8, 2023 554.1K Views Max F @ImSmilingRn Follow hamas just killed this beautiful rave babe (5'7, perky naturals, white girl dreads, from Belgium for some reason)... feel bad yet? 5:24 PM Oct 8, 2023 205K Views

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