Two months after the heinous attacks on Israel by Hamas on October 7, a chilling narrative of sexual violence and crimes is emerging. With over 1,500 testimonies detailing instances of sexual abuse and murder, the horrifying scale of the atrocities committed is becoming evident. This narrative is woven together by survivors, first responders, and even the Hamas group itself, which has shockingly documented some of these abuses in videos published on social media.
First-Hand Accounts of Atrocities
The grim reality of the situation was first uncovered by Haim Otmazgin, a first responder with Zaka, who discovered hundreds of lifeless and mutilated bodies, some of whom had been sexually assaulted before being killed by Hamas fighters. Otmazgin's collection of nearly 3,000 photographs provides a stark, haunting testament to the rapes and femicides perpetrated during the attacks. Among these testimonies, a survivor from the Supernova festival recounted a particularly horrific incident where a terrorist cut off a woman's breast and played with it before another terrorist sexually assaulted and shot the victim in the head.
Global Response and Recognition
These atrocities have sparked global outrage. In France, Minister Bérangere Couillard has called for the recognition of mass rapes, while President Joe Biden has urged an unequivocal condemnation of the sexual violence perpetrated by Hamas terrorists. Despite Israel's criticism of the United Nations for being pro-Palestinian biased, the UN has voiced grave concern over the devastating impact of Hamas's actions on civilians, particularly women and young girls.
Fight for Justice Continues
While the evidence of sexual violence mounts, the fight for justice continues. Many victims of the October 7th sexual assaults were murdered, unable to give their testimonies, while others remain captive, their voices silenced by the Islamist movement. Hamas reportedly refuses to release the last women held in Gaza, thereby preventing them from recounting their experiences during their captivity. The world watches, waits, and demands justice for these horrific crimes.