Title: Hamas Allegedly Holds Female Hostages, Faces Accusations of Sexual Violence
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Naama Levy, a 19-year-old woman, was forcibly abducted by Hamas members in Gaza on October 7. Disturbing reports now reveal that Levy is one of 17 female hostages aged between 18 and 26 who are still being held captive. Concerns for their safety continue to grow as evidence of sexual assault emerges.
According to two Israeli doctors and a military official, some released hostages have come forward to disclose their experiences of sexual assault during their captivity. These claims have been supported by medical professionals who have observed signs of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) among the freed women. Additionally, the hostages have undergone pregnancy tests and screenings for sexually transmitted infections.
In response to the alarming revelations, the families of the hostages recently met with Israel’s war cabinet. During the meeting, they shared anonymous quotes from the released hostages, shedding light on the sexual violence endured by the captive women. The families’ efforts have garnered international attention, with President Joe Biden publicly condemning Hamas for their reported use of sexual violence against Israeli women and girls. Biden labeled the acts as “appalling and unforgivable.”
In a display of concern and solidarity, a number of U.S. senators have written a letter to the United Nations Secretary General, urging an independent investigation into Hamas’ alleged use of sexual assault. They believe that such an investigation is crucial to holding the perpetrators accountable.
Witnesses who collected and identified the bodies of the victims from the October 7 attacks have reported signs of sexual assault. Photographs and videos supporting these claims have been obtained, further emphasizing the severity of the allegations.
Despite the mounting evidence, Hamas denies any involvement in sexual violence, going so far as to accuse Israel of attempting to divert attention from their own actions in Gaza. Experts highlight that anti-Semitic bias could be contributing to the disbelief surrounding these testimonies.
The complex nature of proving sexual assault has been underscored, as physical evidence can quickly disappear and verbal testimony may take months or even years to emerge. Victims often experience delayed memory recall and may have fragmented recollections of an assault, making it easier for defense attorneys to cast doubt on their credibility.
One released hostage, Chen Goldstein-Almog, has stated that three women who were held with her also shared stories of sexual abuse by their captors. This testimonial, along with the video capturing the forceful abduction of Naama Levy, serves as evidence of the potential mistreatment faced by the remaining hostages held by Hamas.
As the investigations into these serious allegations continue, the international community is closely watching, hopeful that justice will prevail for the victims of sexual violence and their families.