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IDF soldier says she was raped by security prisoner in jail

Illustrative: A police officer keeps watch from an observation tower at the Gilboa Prison in northern Israel on September 6, 2021. (JALAA MAREY / AFP)
Illustrative: A police officer keeps watch from an observation tower at the Gilboa Prison in northern Israel on September 6, 2021. (JALAA MAREY / AFP)

An IDF soldier says that she was raped by a Palestinian security prisoner while serving in the Gilboa Prison.

The anonymous soldier says that the army has attempted to silence her. “Since the rape my life has been hell. They are trying to silence me,” she says in comments picked up by the Ynet news site from a crowdfunding campaign set up by her lawyer. “Help me expose the truth.”

Reports of female IDF soldiers being sexually harassed and assaulted in Israeli prisons surfaced several years ago, but then were largely dropped until last year when a probe was reopened following new evidence. Earlier this week Ynet reported that a Palestinian prisoner convicted of terrorism was being investigated by police over sexual assault while behind bars.

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