A couple of items on the treatment of people in Israel by the attacking Muslims from Gaza on Saturday, October 7th and thereafter.
On Thursday, The New York Times recounted in awful detail the sexual atrocities the men of Gaza committed during Hamas’s October 7 raid into Israel.
I know Jeffrey Gettleman, who had the piece’s lead byline. He is a serious reporter who served with distinction for many years in Africa. He doesn’t exaggerate.
Which is good, because the Times’s descriptions of these crimes nearly beggar belief. They go beyond rape, or gang rape, or even the execution of prisoners. As described by witnesses who survived, and confirmed by video and forensic evidence, Hamas’s attackers turned murder and torture into can-you-top-this sport:
The first victim she said she saw was a young woman with copper-color hair, blood running down her back, pants pushed down to her knees. One man pulled her by the hair and made her bend over. Another penetrated her, Sapir said, and every time she flinched, he plunged a knife into her back.
Please read the rest at Alex’ Substack linked above
Then there is the testimony of the hostage who has decided to speak. One might think that there is still a lot she is holding back for the sake of the remaining hostages. One can imagine from this interview how we might feel exactly the same as she did. The bombing would not be happening had it not been for the attack. And one can see how a hostage might be delighted to know her people were fighting back. Even bombs mean hope in that circumstance. Like the inmates of the Death Camps in Germany must have felt when they heard allied gunfire.
— Yaari Cohen (@YaariCohen) December 29, 2023
Still looking for the full interview. This may be it:
Surviving Captivity| Mia's Harrowing Testimony of Terror and Survival: "I cooked for three terrorists. It was either this – or to be raped."
Involuntarily, Mia Schem became one of the well-known abductees. In an interview with "Olpan Shishi," she recounts the loneliness,… pic.twitter.com/O4uOlKmDC5
— Adam Albilya – אדם אלביליה (@AdamAlbilya) December 29, 2023
Thank you all for your kind attention to these issues.