Israeli women were raped, gang raped – whether alive or dead. Others were tortured until every organ was removed. The horrifying accounts of Hamas ‘rape genocide’ that left survivors so traumatized some have taken their own lives.
Daily Mail (h/t Nita) Horrified witness testimony about Hamas‘s October 7th massacre was given by those who saw the terror attack first hand – or were among the first at the scene in the days that followed. Survivors and witnesses to October 7 have said Israeli women were raped – whether they were alive or dead – and tortured in unimaginably cruel ways.
With Israel calling on the international community to recognize the massacre as a crime against humanity, one investigator said Hamas stormed across Israel’s border with Gaza with a ‘clear order’ – to use ‘rape as genocide’.
One horrific video testimony came from a woman who was at the music festival, and was shown privately to journalists by Israeli police, according to the BBC.
In it, the woman – named only as Witness S – describes seeing Hamas fighters rape a woman and mutilate her, before the last of her attackers shot her in the head. The gunmen then continued to rape her after she was executed, the witness said. During the assault, Witness S told police that the attackers cut off parts of the victim’s body, such as her breast, and ‘threw it on the street.’
The woman in the video described watching the terrorists as she pretended to be dead. ‘I couldn’t understand what I saw,’ she said. Her testimony was released last month, and was presented by Israel’s police chief.
Ron Freger fled the music festival when Hamas attacked and said he heard a woman screaming for help. ‘I was lying in a pit (and) I heard (a girl) yelling: ‘They’re raping me, they’re raping me!’ he told the Associated Press. Several minutes later, he heard gunshots close by and she fell silent, he said.
‘The feeling in that moment is one of complete powerlessness. I’m lying in this hole and I have no ability to do anything. I have no weapon, I have nothing, I’m surrounded by other people who are hiding with me and we’re completely powerless,’ said the 23-year-old from the northern Israeli town of Netanya.
The BBC also spoke to a man who said he heard the ‘noises and screams of people being murdered, raped, decapitated’. In a statement, he said: ‘Some women were raped before they were dead, some raped while injured, and some were already dead when the terrorists raped their lifeless bodies.
Israel’s Women’s Empowerment Minister May Golan told the BBC that very few victims of rape or sexual assault had survived the attacks. Those that did are undergoing psychiatric treatment.
Israeli police say they are combing through 60,000 videos seized from the body cameras of Hamas gunmen. Footage from social media and security cameras will also be looked at in a bid to bring the perpetrators to justice. It has been hard to find rape survivors, however, as many were killed by their attackers.
But police say they now have ‘multiple’ eye-witness accounts of sexual assault. Multiple photographs taken by those who arrived in the aftermath show the bodies of women, naked from the waist down, the BBC reports. Some have ripped underwear, legs splayed, with signs of trauma to their genitals and legs.
One girl had been shot in the head and was lying on the floor, her legs open and pants pulled down, with what looked like semen on her lower back, said the medic who spoke on condition of anonymity because his unit was classified. Other bodies had bleeding around the groin with limbs at distorted angles, he said.
One of the people tasked with collecting bodies from the attack sites while working with the Zaka religious volunteer organisations told the BBC that they saw signs of torture and mutilation which, he said, included a pregnant woman whose womb had been ripped open before she was killed.
Another, Nachman Dyksztejna, provided written testimony detailing how he saw the bodies of two women in kibbutz Be’eri with their hands and legs tied to the bed. ‘One was sexually terrorised with a knife stuck in her vagina and all her internal organs removed,’ his statement says, according to the BBC.