Israeli law enforcement states that there was a systematic pattern of extreme sexual violence and rape perpetrated by individuals affiliated with Hamas.

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Busy Bee November 20, 2023
Updated 2023/11/20 at 11:49 PM

Israeli authorities report that instances of extreme sexual violence and rape carried out by Hamas militants were systematic. The revelation first surfaced on social media, with videos shared by the terrorists themselves. These clips depicted Palestinian men, some armed, celebrating in the streets of Gaza around partially clothed and injured young Israeli women.

One video showed 22-year-old German-Israeli citizen Shani Louk lying unconscious on the bed of a pickup truck, surrounded by men abusing her while chanting “Allahu Akhbar.” Another video featured 19-year-old Israeli soldier Na’ama Levy being pulled from a jeep with her hands bound and visible bloodstains, as Palestinian men taunted her. Shani Louk is among the 1,200 people reported as murdered that day, and Na’ama Levy is believed to be one of approximately 240 hostages, including infants and children, held by the terrorist group in Gaza.

While victims of gender-based crimes during the attack have yet to come forward due to death, abduction, or trauma, Israeli police and the newly established Civil Commission on October 7th Crimes by Hamas Against Women assert that sexual violence during the assault was widespread and endorsed by the group’s religious leaders as permissible during war.

Investigating this intimate aspect of the extensive terror attack, which led to chaos in Israel and a full-scale war in Gaza, has proven challenging. Criminal investigators aim to bring detailed charges against the hundreds of Hamas terrorists in Israeli custody for their involvement in the assault, and women’s groups emphasize the importance of documenting and remembering such violent sexual crimes in times of war.

“This stands as the most significant criminal case in Israel’s history,” stated David Katz, leader of the Israeli police’s Lahav 443 criminal investigation’s cyber unit, responsible for probing the criminal aspects of the widespread atrocity.

“We are confronted with thousands of murders and various other crimes,” he explained. Katz detailed the challenging crime scene, spanning over 20 locations, including army bases, civilian communities, and a large music festival near Israel’s border with Gaza. For the initial 48 hours after the attack, these sites constituted an active combat zone, hindering the police’s efforts to gather forensic and other crucial evidence.

In the chaotic aftermath of the unexpected assault, the nation prioritized the rapid collection and identification of hundreds of severely mutilated and burned bodies. Given the urgency of Jewish burials, meant to occur promptly, the focus was primarily on this task. Although medical teams tirelessly documented some of the most severe injuries they had ever encountered, the standard procedures for addressing sexual-based crimes were largely overlooked during those initial days and weeks.

“We are currently in the initial stages of this investigation,” stated Katz. He explained that his team is actively gathering statements from thousands of survivors. Additionally, they plan to analyze over 60,000 videos captured by terrorists, victims, first responders, CCTV cameras, and dashcams.

“At present, there are no known living victims, and many survivors are unable to share their experiences,” Katz remarked, emphasizing that specific details are subject to a court-authorized gag order and cannot be disclosed to the public. However, he estimated that there are “multiple” instances of sexual violence.

During the recent briefing, the police presented one eyewitness account describing a gang rape allegedly occurring at the Nova Music Festival. The festival saw over 300 people brutally murdered and thousands injured by numerous heavily armed Hamas terrorists.

The witness identified only as “S” recounted on camera that, while hiding from the terrorists, she observed a group passing a woman with long brown hair. According to S, the terrorists were raping her, passing her among themselves. The woman was alive, standing on her feet, and bleeding from her back. S further described one terrorist slicing off the woman’s breast and playing with it, while another shot her in the head without lifting his pants.

Additionally, S witnessed another terrorist carrying a naked, dead woman over his shoulder and another cutting off someone’s head and parading with it. Graphic photographs and video footage from the festival were shared, depicting charred and bloody women with ripped underwear and legs spread apart.

Videotaped interrogations of captured terrorists revealed confessions of orders to murder, rape, and kidnap Israeli civilians. Some suspects claimed religious permission to kill children and decapitate to instill fear among Israelis. First responders, both from the Israeli military and civilian services, described disturbing brutalities and atrocities by an estimated 3,000 Hamas and other Palestinian terrorists who entered Israel on October 7.

The accounts include findings of dead women stripped naked, tied together on beds, and evidence of rape in the morgue, with broken pelvises observed among victims ranging from grandmothers to small children. Dr. Cochav Elkayam-Levy, chair of Israel’s Civil Commission on October 7th Crimes by Hamas Against Women, reported their efforts to compile a database of gender-based atrocities, aiming to ensure the victims are not forgotten, and their stories are adequately told. Elkayam-Levy emphasized the need for recognition and action, given the apparent violations of international law and brutal crimes against women and children broadcast on social media during the attack.

“This event is not a singular occurrence in history where crimes against women can be dismissed. What transpired in Israel involved systematic rape and gender-based atrocities executed under explicit orders and complete command.

“It constituted rape leading to death, rape as a form of massacre, and crimes designed to kill and inflict torture on women—utilizing their bodies as instruments to compel the forced displacement of communities in Israel. It was a form of rape meant to be witnessed and heard by others, with women’s and girls’ bodies used as spectacles of victory, serving as trophies of war.”

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