published : 2023-11-19
United Nations Ignored Atrocities Committed by Hamas Against Israeli Women, Critics Say
Israeli Official Urges UN Response to Documentation of Rapes and Murders
Women’s rights groups and officials in Israel are accusing the United Nations of turning a blind eye to the horrific atrocities committed by Hamas terrorists against Israeli women.
For six weeks, these groups have been working diligently to document cases of rape and gender-based violence during the brutal terror attack on October 7.
They have shared graphic and intimate evidence with the UN and women’s empowerment organizations, but the response has been silence.
The Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs' senior diplomat and legal adviser, Sarah Weiss Maudi, expressed her dismay at the UN's failure to acknowledge the atrocities.
She described their silence as 'so deafening that it’s sickening'.
Despite filmed evidence of the crimes by Hamas and other Palestinian terrorists, UN bodies like U.N. Women have refused to recognize the suffering of Israeli women and girls.
The mass terror attack resulted in over 1,200 deaths and the kidnapping of 240 individuals, including women and young children.
Although no sexual assault victims have come forward directly due to the trauma, the Israeli police have collected over 60,000 videos, providing substantial evidence of the gruesome crimes.
Weiss Maudi criticized the UN for accepting data provided by the Hamas Ministry of Health without verification while disregarding the graphic evidence provided by Israel.
The UN Women’s website only mentions the impact of the crisis in Gaza on women and girls, with no reference to the atrocities committed against Israeli women.
Anne Bayefsky, director of Touro Institute on Human Rights and the Holocaust, called out U.N. Women for disregarding Jewish women and girls in their pursuit of human rights.
Francesca Albanese, the UN's special rapporteur for the Palestinian territories, has not only ignored these crimes but questioned their occurrence altogether.
Dr. Cochav Elkayam-Levy, chair of Israel’s Civil Commission on October 7th Crimes by Hamas Against Women, expressed her disappointment at the international women’s organizations' lack of support.
She recounted her testimony before the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women, where she described the horrifying video footage of women brutalized by Hamas terrorists.
Elkayam-Levy termed the refusal of international organizations to recognize the crimes against Israeli women as a 'collective international denial'.
She further criticized these organizations for influencing women’s rights organizations worldwide and denying the events of October 7th.
The article provides an account of a director at the Sexual Assault Centre in Canada disputing the rapes and assaults committed by Hamas, which resulted in her termination from the university.
In response, a spokesperson for U.N. Women condemned all forms of violence against women, emphasizing the importance of upholding human rights laws.
The organization acknowledged the existence of an independent commission of inquiry collecting evidence of war crimes committed by all parties involved.
The article concludes by highlighting the critical need to raise awareness and combat the silence surrounding these atrocities against Israeli women.