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Ahead of special session, protesters gather outside UN demanding it condemn Hamas rapes

Demonstrators gather during a '#metoo unless you are a Jew' protest outside of United Nations headquarters in New York City on December 4, 2023. (Charly TRIBALLEAU / AFP)
Demonstrators gather during a '#metoo unless you are a Jew' protest outside of United Nations headquarters in New York City on December 4, 2023. (Charly TRIBALLEAU / AFP)

Ahead of a special UN session led by the Israeli mission on the allegations of sexual violence committed against Israelis by Hamas terrorists, dozens of pro-Israel protesters march outside the United Nations headquarters.

Chanting “Shame on UN,” demonstrators hold banners reading “Rape is rape,” while speakers attack the UN for inaction over the mistreatment of Israeli women.

A line of 20 women smeared with synthetic blood, some wearing just their underwear, form a line at the front of the demonstration to draw attention to violence against women by Hamas.

“I call it the ‘United Nothing’… why do we have to be here to tell the UN to protect people?” says demonstrator Hillary Larson, 64, a pediatric nurse from New York. “First they should condemn [Hamas] 100%… then demand that Hamas release hostages, innocent people taken from their homes.”

“We’re here supporting Israeli women who were brutally raped. They deserve the support of other women. Any other attack on women would be treated as a crime,” former lawmaker Carolyn Maloney, who spoke at today’s march, tells AFP.

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