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UN criticized for silence on Hamas rape, mutilation and murder of Israeli women, critics say


JERUSALEM – Women’s rights groups and officials in Israel have worked tirelessly over the past six weeks to document cases of rape and gender-based atrocities carried out by Hamas terrorists during their terror attack massive and brutal in Israel on October 7. the United Nations ignores them.

They say they also shared much of this evidence, some horribly graphic and all extremely intimate, with the United Nations and groups that protect and empower women.

The answer: Silence.

“We sent letters and shared graphic documentation,” Sarah Weiss Maudi, a senior diplomat and legal adviser at the Israeli Foreign Ministry, told Fox News Digital. “Their silence is so deafening it’s sickening,” she said.

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Flags of the UN and Israel (Getty Images)

Weiss Maudi, who last year became the first Israeli representative to serve as senior advisor to the president of the 77th session of the United Nations General Assembly in New York, said that UN bodies, in Particularly UN Women, whose specific mandate is to defend the rights of women regardless of race or ethnicity, simply refused to acknowledge that atrocities had been committed against Israeli women – and girls – despite widespread part filmed by Hamas and other Palestinian terrorists from Gaza themselves.

More than 1,200 people were killed in this mass terrorist attack, which took place in more than 20 Israeli communities, at military bases and at a mass music festival. Another 240 people, including women and young children, were kidnapped and taken back to Gaza. Although no victims of sex crimes have yet come forward directly – mainly because they were murdered, kidnapped or are still reeling from the trauma – Israeli police said last week that they had collected some 60,000 videos, including images of terrorists, victims. , first responders and CCTV, showing these horrific crimes. Some disturbing eyewitness accounts of gang rapes and other sexual acts have also been documented, police said.

Members of the Israel Defense Forces work to clean the homes and arrange the bodies of civilians killed in a Hamas terrorist attack in Kfar Aza, Israel. (Alexi J. Rosenfeld/Getty Images)

“What I don’t understand is that we provided very graphic and descriptive evidence of rape, including gang rape and semen residue on young girls. That was not enough for the UN.” , said Weiss Maudi. “Yet the data provided by the Hamas Ministry of Health is accepted and cited without any verification,” she added.

On the UN Women website, the only reference to Israel since the October 7 massacre concerns “the devastating impact of the crisis in Gaza on women and girls”, where the Hamas Ministry of Health estimates that more than 11,200 people were killed, including 4,506 children and 3,027 women.

UN Women also details a two-day trip to Egypt by its executive director, Sima Bahous, during which she called for “immediate and unhindered humanitarian access” to Gaza.

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Sima Sami Bahous, executive director of UN Women, speaks to journalists in New York, November 19, 2021. (Wang Jiangang/Xinhua via Getty Images)

“Some of them deny it because they think the Israelis are making up lies,” Weiss Maudi said. “Others can only see these events in the context of ‘occupation’ and say, ‘That’s unfortunate, but what did you expect?'”

Referring to the October 7 attack at a UN Security Council meeting on October 24, Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said: “It is important to also recognize that the Hamas attacks did not produced in isolation. » Following his remarks, there were calls for his resignation. He complained to the media that his comments had been “distorted”.

“I think many people think that Israeli women got this because they are seen as privileged women who lead a good life in southern Israel, while the Israeli army is razing Gaza,” he said. Weiss Maudi said, adding that many senior international officials refuse to give up their time. to Israeli women victims because they believe that “the Jewish lobby” supports them and also “why would they tell the story of a few rapes when they want to have an overview of what is currently happening in Gaza?”

A person looks at a wall displaying photos of people still held hostage in Gaza, October 26, 2023, in Tel Aviv, Israel. (Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)

Anne Bayefsky, director of the Touro Institute on Human Rights and the Holocaust, which has closely followed UN Women, said it was more than that, however.

“The fact is that UN Women is a fake human rights organization, for which Jewish women and girls do not matter,” she said, adding that the organization “is so twisted that it accuses Israel of violence by Palestinian men against Palestinian women. , asserting that “structural gender discrimination…in Palestine” means the war “increases the risks of gender-based violence and food insecurity for women.”

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Bayevsky added that UN officials, including its special rapporteur for the Palestinian territories, Francesca Albanese, not only ignored that rapes and gender-based crimes took place against Jewish and Israeli women on October 7, but even actively questioned whether such acts had taken place. place.

“UN Women has denounced the deadly smears, including demonic characterizations of Israelis, whom it accuses of being responsible for the devastating impact of the war on Palestinian women and girls, including pregnant Palestinians,” a- she declared. “Yet on the issue of a pregnant Israeli woman whose body was cut open and her fetus stabbed to death, or the pregnant woman who allegedly gave birth in Hamas captivity, they remain silent.”

A photo of Shani Nicole Louk, who was attacked, kidnapped and ultimately murdered by Hamas terrorists after the October 7 attacks. (Reuters/Ammar Awad/File photo)

Dr. Cochav Elkayam-Levy, chair of Israel’s newly established Civilian Commission on Hamas Crimes Against Women on October 7, said the reaction from international women’s organizations was “deeply surprising and resembles a betrayal.”

“Instead of taking care of ourselves and focusing on helping our victims and survivors, we are focused on fighting these reactions and trying to prove that there were many cases of rape or of women killed, their bodies mutilated, in the most horrific way possible,” she said. said, adding: “Gender-based violence is much more than just sexual violence.

Elkayam-Levy, also a legal expert at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, told Fox News Digital: “We have been fighting for weeks to get any recognition. Not only are they not responding and condemning what happened, but they are now asking us to do so. provide more evidence for the claims. »

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres speaks during a Reuters event in New York, November 8, 2023. (Reuters/Brendan McDermid)

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She recounted how the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW), a branch of UN Women charged with “eliminating discrimination against women and girls in all the estates,” asked him to prove to the committee that such atrocities had taken place.

“Never in my life would I have imagined standing before this distinguished committee to speak about gender-based war crimes and crimes against humanity committed against Israeli women and girls,” Elkayam-Levy told representatives of CEDAW on October 30. according to testimony shared with Fox News Digital.

The United Nations building in New York, September 19, 2023. (Julia Bonavita for Fox News Digital)

As she described to them video footage and other images of women brutalized by Hamas terrorists, Elkayam-Levy said: “I pray that none of you, distinguished members of the committee, will ever to see the images I saw.”

“Hamas may today deny these war crimes, but during the attack and immediately afterward, Hamas and its terrorists released horrific images of its brutal crimes, including horrific acts of torture, rape, “abuse and murder of innocent women and girls as trophies of war. and killings in the most inhumane ways possible,” she said.

Volunteers recover the bodies of victims who were brutally tortured and killed by Hamas terrorists in Israel. (Tomer Peretz)

“But it is not just Hamas that denies these horrific crimes: we, Israeli women, all feel subjected to a collective international denial,” Elkayam-Levy added. “The evidence is undeniable. Yet we find ourselves facing a dual battle: one against these atrocities and another against global silence.”

Furthermore, Elkayam-Levy said that the refusal of international organizations to acknowledge that such acts were committed against Israeli women “has a terrible influence on other women’s rights organizations around the world, which do not do not understand what happened and even deny that it happened. ”

Women’s groups have largely ignored crimes against Israeli women committed by Hamas. (José Luis Magana/AFP via Getty Images)

She gave the example of a sexual assault center at the University of Alberta, Canada, whose director signed an open letter contesting the fact that women were raped and sexually assaulted by Hamas terrorists. on October 7. statement released Saturday by the University of Alberta, said the director of the Sexual Assault Center was no longer employed by the university, effective immediately.

In response to a request from Fox News Digital, a spokesperson for UN Women said the organization “unequivocally condemns all forms of violence against women and girls, as well as any use of sexual violence as a weapon of war, which constitutes a serious violation of the law.” “

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The spokesperson said Bahous raised the issue during the Security Council’s open debate on women, peace and security on October 25, saying: “Any act of violence against women and girls, including sexual violence, is unequivocally condemned, regardless of nationality. , identity, race or religion of the victims.”

The organization said an independent commission of inquiry had already begun “collecting and preserving evidence of war crimes committed by all sides since October 7, 2023, when Hamas launched a complex attack against Israel and Israeli forces responded with airstrikes in Gaza.”



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