“While I was hiding, I saw the terrorists raping her.” She added, “She was forcibly bent forward, they were sexually assaulting her and then passing her from one man to another, each of them raping her.”
Palestinians Raped Dozens of Israeli Women on October 7th
It’s been 47 days since Israeli women were raped, murdered and kidnapped by Palestinian Islamist terrorists and many international women’s rights groups are still silent. It doesn’t matter what language you speak. Speaking up and advocating for women who face violence should be universal.
Dozens of Survivor Testimonies
A survivor from the Supernova music festival, where approximately 360 individuals lost their lives, shared a disturbing account of observing a Palestinian attacker sexually assaulting an Israeli girl. The survivor described, “While I was hiding, I saw the terrorists raping her.” She added, “She was forcibly bent forward, they were sexually assaulting her and then passing her from one man to another, each of them raping her.”
GRAPHIC WARNING October 7th Raw Video Footage
International Women’s Groups are Still Silent
On October 7, an unspeakable tragedy unfolded in Israel as Hamas militants orchestrated a massacre, claiming the lives of 1,200 people. Beyond the staggering death toll, this incident exposed a horrifying aspect of systemic sexual assaults against women and girls.
The Supernova music festival became a site of unimaginable terror, where about 360 attendees lost their lives. Survivors recount harrowing tales of brutality, with one witness vividly describing the rape of an Israeli girl by Hamas terrorists. The brutality of these acts not only reflects the physical violence but also a deep-rooted disregard for human dignity and life.
Silence and Denial: The Global Response to the Atrocities
In the wake of this massacre, the response from various feminist and women’s rights organizations worldwide has been a mix of silence and denial. Several organizations, including the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN-Women) and the UN Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW), have drawn criticism for their equivocal stances.
They have been accused of equating Hamas’s brutalities with Israel’s self-defense measures, neglecting to condemn explicitly the sexual violence by Hamas. This silence and denial by influential bodies raise questions about the commitment of these organizations to their fundamental principles of supporting victims of sexual abuse.
The Struggle for Recognition and Justice
Amidst this backdrop of widespread silence, Israeli women’s rights advocates have stepped forward, demanding recognition and justice for the victims. In a groundbreaking move, these advocates met with UN-Women, seeking official acknowledgment of the crimes committed by Hamas against women and children.
This meeting marked a pivotal moment in the fight for justice, highlighting the necessity of acknowledging and addressing the gender-based violence that occurred during the massacre. Additionally, Israeli First Lady Michal Herzog’s vocal outrage and betrayal over the international community’s failure to condemn Hamas’s actions emphasize the ongoing struggle to bring these heinous crimes into the global spotlight.
The Broader Implications for Gender-Based Violence and Human Rights
The response—or lack thereof—to the October 7 events has significant implications for the global fight against gender-based violence and the enforcement of human rights. The silence of major international bodies not only undermines the plight of the victims but also sets a concerning precedent for the treatment of sexual violence in conflict zones.
This situation underscores the need for a more robust, impartial response from global organizations, advocating for solidarity with all victims of sexual violence, irrespective of the political context. The path towards justice and recognition for the victims of the October 7 massacre remains fraught with challenges, but it is a necessary journey to ensure that such atrocities do not fade into silence.