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Sun Dec 3, 2023, 04:07 PM Dec 3

UN Women finally condemns Hamas attacks, sexual violence on October 7 [View all]

The United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women, or UN Women, has condemned the Hamas October 7 massacre in a Friday statement, nearly two months after the terrorist organization’s brutal rampage of rape, murder, and kidnappings.

“We unequivocally condemn the brutal attacks by Hamas on Israel on October 7,” UN Women wrote. “We are alarmed by the numerous accounts of gender-based atrocities and sexual violence during those attacks.”. The women’s rights organization made a similar statement in late November condemning the Hamas attacks, but quickly deleted the post. Earlier, on November 8, UN Women made an X post highlighting Isra al-Modallal, the first female spokesperson for Hamas.


The initial reaction from UN Women to Hamas’s attack came on October 7 from Bahous, who took to X to write, “The escalation of hostilities in #Israel & the Occupied Palestinian Territory #OPT is gravely concerning. It is imperative that all civilians, including women & girls, are protected.”. Bahaus proceeded to call for “immediate de-escalation,” but did not name, or assign any blame, to Hamas.Not until nearly two weeks later did UN Women first make an X post wherein the organization called for a release of the hostages taken by Hamas.

Infographics videos highlighting the sentiment of neglect and betrayal felt by many Israeli women, such as one posted to the Instagram account “tiroche_art_auctions,” have gone viral in recent weeks on social media. Trends, such as the X hashtag, #metoo_unless_ur_a_jew, have likewise been spread to underscore the perceived apathy on behalf of leading women’s organizations to the sexual assaults endured by Israeli women.


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