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‘Where the hell are you?’ Netanyahu pans rights groups for silence on Hamas rape

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu delivers remarks on December 5, 2023. (Screen capture: PMO)
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu delivers remarks on December 5, 2023. (Screen capture: PMO)

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu castigates human rights groups, women’s groups and the UN for failing to speak out about the rapes and other atrocities committed by Hamas against Israeli women.

Speaking at a press conference in Tel Aviv alongside Defense Minister Yoav Gallant and Minister Benny Gantz, the prime minister notes that he met earlier with released hostages and with relatives of those still held hostage, a meeting described as hostile and stormy by those present.

“I heard heartbreaking stories of abuse,” he says. “I heard, as you have heard, about sexual abuse and unprecedented cases of cruel rape.”

But, he says, he hasn’t heard women’s groups and human rights groups “scream” about this.

“Were you silent because it was Jewish women?” he asks.

Switching to English, Netanyahu says: “I say to the women’s rights organizations, to the human rights organizations, you’ve heard of the rape of Israeli women, horrible atrocities, sexual mutilation? Where the hell are you?” he asks.

“I expect all civilized leaders, governments, nations to speak up against this atrocity,” he adds, before switching back to Hebrew.

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