Hamas weaponized sexual violence
Israeli officials say that everywhere Hamas terrorists struck on Oct. 7 — a rave, military bases along the Gaza border and kibbutz after kibbutz — they brutalized women.
A two-month investigation by The Times established that the attacks against women were not isolated events, but part of a broader pattern of gender-based violence. For months, Israeli activists have been outraged that the U.N. secretary general, António Guterres, and the agency U.N. Women did not acknowledge the many accusations until weeks after the attacks.
Times reporters identified at least seven locations where Israeli women and girls appear to have been sexually assaulted or mutilated. Many of the accounts reported by my colleagues are difficult to bear, and the visual evidence is disturbing to see.
One photograph showed a woman’s corpse with dozens of nails driven into her thighs and groin. A video provided by the Israeli military showed two dead Israeli soldiers who appeared to have been shot directly in their vaginas. A witness told my colleagues that one Hamas terrorist raped one woman while another cut off her breast.