NYT, Citing 'Grainy Video,' Pushes Israeli Govt's Claim of 'Hamas Mass Rapes' on October 7Chris Menahan
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Israel has had over two and half months to produce evidence that Hamas fighters (who filmed their invasion with GoPros) committed "mass rapes" on October 7 yet all they have to show for it is one "grainy video" of a possibly half-disrobed woman who was burnt to a crisp after most likely being killed by an Israeli Apache helicopter.
The Israeli government previously did not claim the woman was raped on their website "Hamas-Massacre.net" but only that she was killed on the side of the street by "terrorists."
From The New York Times:
'Screams Without Words': How Hamas Weaponized Sexual Violence on Oct. 7The bulk of the article is pure hearsay from anonymous Israelis who refused to go on the record, in addition to unverified claims from discredited groups like ZAKA (which was founded by a serial rapist dubbed the "Haredi Jeffrey Epstein").
The one piece of physical evidence they produced was "grainy video" -- which they did not share -- of "the woman in the black dress" mentioned above.
They included a quote from Orit Sulitzeanu, executive director of the Association of Rape Crisis Centers in Israel, telling people "don't look for" evidence of their claims.
From the Times:
The trauma from sexual assault can be so heavy that sometimes survivors do not speak about it for years, several rape counselors said.The corpses do not tell the story as they were all buried in a hurry without any medical exams in accordance with "Jewish tradition."
Any alleged "potential evidence now lies buried in the ground," the Times reported:
According to Jewish tradition, funerals are held promptly. The result was that many bodies with signs of sexual abuse were put to rest without medical examinations, meaning that potential evidence now lies buried in the ground. International forensic experts said that it would be possible to recover some evidence from the corpses, but that it would be difficult.Now, we get to the one piece of evidence they present:
The woman in the black dressThe Times piece included this one single picture as proof:
Based off that picture, I was able to find a second picture of the same woman from the Israeli government's website Hamas-Massacre.net.
The image can be found under the section "Terrorists raiding the streets" -- even though they have a section of their website for "Mass Rapes" -- and does not even claim that she was raped.
Instead, the photo is captioned, "Woman killed and left on the street."
Searching Twitter, I was able to find a copy of the video they mentioned purportedly showing her half-disrobed and horrifically burned upper body.
The footage is horrific so I'm not going to embed it here but you can view it on Twitter (WARNING: EXTREMELY NSFL) [UPDATE: Here's the video in slightly higher resolution (WARNING: EXTREMELY NSFL). It's still not clear to me if her privates are exposed. Whether they are or not, it's possible she wasn't wearing underwear to the rave in the first place and that alone is still not proof of rape.]
The key takeaways from the video are:
1. It is not even clear from the video if her privates are exposed as the video quality is quite poor.As I noted above, Hamas filmed their invasion with GoPro cameras in high-definition, leaving plenty of footage showing them killing civilians in addition to IDF soldiers.
If they were running around committing mass rape, there should be footage of it. Instead, all we get is one grainy video over two and a half months after the fact and hearsay from discredited activist groups like ZAKA and United Hatzalah full of proven liars.
It's also notable what the Times did not include: the original claims of mass rape were focused entirely on the cases of Shani Louk and female IDF soldier Naama Levy who was seen being dragged off into a Hamas truck with dirty pants. Neither was mentioned in the piece because there is no evidence they were raped at all.
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