UN Mission Confirms Hamas Sexual Violence After 5 Months

For the first time in nearly five months, a United Nations mission is recognizing Israel’s claims of Hamas brutality toward Israeli women and men on October 7th. Meanwhile, the Iranian-backed Hezbollah unleashed more rockets on northern Israel from southern Lebanon. Israel’s Foreign Ministry welcomed the U.N. report issued by the Special Representative of the Secretary-General on Sexual Violence in Conflict, acknowledging that Hamas and other terrorist organizations committed sexual crimes in the attack last October. Posting on X, the mission stated, “The UN also recognizes that the crimes were committed simultaneously in different locations and point to a pattern of rape, torture and sexual abuse. The report also acknowledges the existence of ongoing sexual crimes against the Israeli women and men being held hostage by Hamas and calls for the immediate release of the hostages.” Israeli U.N. Ambassador Gilad Erdan called on the Secretary-General and Security Council to join the mission in condemning Hamas.

He had earlier challenged the international body, saying, “In the future, you won’t be able to claim that you didn’t know, just as the world claimed after the Holocaust that you were not exposed to the suffering and horrors. Those who remain indifferent are complicit in the crimes themselves.” Erdan held up a tablet and played testimonies of women brutalized by Hamas, charging the U.N. with apathy and indifference. A spokesperson for one freed hostage on the tablet was telling of her ordeal, saying, “And she went into the shower and while she was there one of the terrorists went inside, took his clothes off, with a gun towards her head told her to do everything he wanted.” The IDF also declassified a call it intercepted from a Hamas terrorist, who is also a UNWRA-employee, and U.N. elementary school teacher. IDF Spokesperson Daniel Hagari explained, “The terrorist is heard speaking on the phone roughly seven hours after Hamas began invading Israel, murdering, mutilating, massacring, kidnapping, raping and burning entire families alive. On the call, you can hear him bragging about Sabaya. Sabaya is a female captive that he got on his hands.”

In the video of the alleged recorded conversation between the teacher, Yusef Zidan Suleiman Al Hawajara, and an unknown speaker, Al Hawajara asks, “Where are you?” The speaker replies, “Where the female captives (Sabaya) are; everything’s a mess. You and Abu Hassan aren’t doing anything. Stay like that.” Al Hawajara responds, ”Shut up, we have female captives (Sabaya). I caught one.” After playing the video, Hagari declared, “I’m a father of two girls. When I hear this conversation, I tremble. It’s horrific.” In the U.S., the State Department defended its meeting with war cabinet minister Benny Gantz who was invited to Washington without the authorization of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Spokesman Matthew Miller stated, “He (Gantz) has a critical voice in the delivery of humanitarian assistance. He’s an important figure in the sitting government of Israel. And so that’s why we engage with him.” Miller added, “Our goal is clear to establish a comprehensive aid strategy that includes air, land, and sea routes to maximize the flow of humanitarian aid into Gaza and ensure that aid is distributed to everyone in Gaza who needs it.”

Source: CBNNews

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