2 teenagers charged with raping unconscious friend in West Bank settlement
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2 teenagers charged with raping unconscious friend in West Bank settlement

19-year-olds accused of having non-consensual sex with young woman after she fell ill

Illustrative image of a criminal in handcuffs. (YakobchukOlena/iStock, by Getty Images)
Illustrative image of a criminal in handcuffs. (YakobchukOlena/iStock, by Getty Images)

Two teenagers from the West Bank settlement of Beitar Illit were indicted Sunday for raping a young woman with whom they were acquainted, while she was unconscious.

According to the indictment filed in Jerusalem District Court, Uriel Belisha and Avihu Deri, 19, met up with the woman one evening last August.

At some point in the evening, the woman began to feel nauseous and dizzy due to a preexisting condition, court documents said. Shortly afterward, she lost consciousness.

The two men tried to wake her, calling her name and slapping her face gently, but she remained unconscious, the indictment stated. She then threw up, and Deri turned her head to the side so that she would not choke.

The two teenagers then raped the woman, one after the other, the indictment said.

The charge sheet said the victim was aware of what was happening, but was unable to move or respond due to her illness.

The two men were laughing with each other as they raped her, the indictment said.

When the woman woke up, the men said they were concerned about her and accompanied her home.

The woman filed a complaint with police.

Several days later, Deri sent her a message asking her to withdraw the charges, suggesting the three of them could discuss the incident and sort it out among themselves.

“I’m sorry for what happened,” he wrote. “Cancel the complaint and let’s all sit and discuss it and reach a deal.”

All further details of the case, including whether the suspects had been remanded in custody, were placed under gag order.

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