Women’s groups and sexual assault centers both within the United Nations and on university campuses have been noticeably silent on or in denial of well documented cases of Hamas terrorists raping Israeli girls and women during their brutal onslaught across southern Israel on Oct. 7.
The most recent outrage occurred on Friday, when the director of the sexual assault center at the University of Alberta in Edmonton, Canada triggered an outcry for signing onto an open letter denying that Palestinian terrorists led by Hamas raped women during their Oct. 7 massacre in Israel.
Samantha Pearson signed the letter, titled “Stand with Palestine: Call on Political Leaders to End Their Complicity in Genocide,” which attacked center-left New Democratic Party (NDP) leader Jagmeet Singh for repeating “the unverified accusation that Palestinians were guilty of sexual violence,” among other criticisms.
Edmonton – the University of Alberta Sexual Assault Centre signs onto an open letter that denies that Israeli women were subjected to rape and sexual violence on October 7th. Sarah Jama is the first signatory. The message is clear – believe all women, except Jewish women. 1/2 pic.twitter.com/7pSZTYzpvh
— Documenting Antisemitism (@AntisemitismCA) November 17, 2023
The letter was penned by Susan Kim, a city councilor in Victoria, and Sarah Jama, a member of Ontario’s provincial parliament. Jama who was kicked out of the NDP over remarks just three days after the Oct. 7 massacre ignoring the Hamas atrocities while calling Israel an “apartheid” state.
Copious and publicly verified documentation — including videos, eyewitness accounts, press reports, and investigations by Israeli authorities and women’s rights groups — have found numerous cases of rape and other sexual atrocities against women carried out by the Hamas-led terrorists during their rampage. During the assault, the terrorists murdered more than 1,200 people and took over 240 others as hostages.
Hamas terrorists also admitted to acts of rape during taped interrogations by Israeli security forces following their capture.
On Saturday, the University of Alberta indicated in a statement posted to X/Twitter that that it had fired Pearson.
“The recent improper and unauthorized use of the name of the [university]’s Sexual Assault Center in endorsing an open letter has raised understandable concerns from members of our community and the public,” the statement read. “Effective immediately, the director of the center is no longer employed by the university.”
“I want to be clear that the former employee’s personal views and opinions do not in any way represent those of the University of Alberta,” wrote university president Bill Flanagan. “The University of Alberta stands firmly and unequivocally against discrimination and hatred on the basis of religion, race, ethnicity, national origin, and other protected categories. We recognize the historical and ongoing harms of antisemitism and commit to doing all we can as a university to advance a world free of prejudice and discrimination.”
Meanwhile, the most important women’s organizations within the UN have seemingly ignored the sexual violence against women and girls in Israel.
UN Women, whose mandate is to champion the rights of women regardless of race or ethnicity, has been noticeably silent. On its website, the only reference to Israel since the Oct. 7 massacre addresses the “devastating impact of the crisis in Gaza on women and girls.” The organization also discusses a two-day trip to Egypt by its executive director, Sima Bahous, where she called for “immediate and unhindered humanitarian access” to Gaza, the Palestinian enclave ruled by Hamas.
“We’ve sent letters and shared graphic documentation,” Sarah Weiss Maudi, a senior diplomat and legal adviser in Israel’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs, told Fox News Digital. “Their silence is so deafening that it’s sickening.”
A UN Women spokesperson told Fox that the organization “unequivocally condemns all forms of violence against women and girls, as well as any use of sexual violence as a weapon of war, which is a grave violation of human rights. It is never acceptable. International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights Law must be respected and upheld at all times.”
The organization added that an independent commission of inquiry had already started “collecting and preserving evidence of war crimes committed by all sides since 7 October 2023, when Hamas launched a complex attack on Israel and Israeli forces responded with airstrikes in Gaza.”
The UN’s Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW), meanwhile, has ambiguously mentioned “the gendered dimensions of conflict” without detailing the brutality suffered by women in Israel at the hands of Hamas.
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Protester Sets Self on Fire Outside Israeli Consulate in Atlanta
i24 News – A protester was in critical condition on Friday after setting themself on fire outside the Israeli consulate in Atlanta, Georgia, U.S. authorities said. A security guard who tried to intervene was also wounded.
A Palestinian flag found at the scene was part of the protest, Atlanta Police Chief Darin Schierbaum said at a news conference. He added that investigators did not believe there was any connection to terrorism and none of the consular staff was ever in danger.
JUST IN: A pro-Palestine protester is in critical condition after they set themselves on fire in “political protest” outside of the Israeli Consulate office in Atlanta.
The protester was reportedly draped in a Palestine flag.
The protester has severe burns and unfortunately, a… pic.twitter.com/B8nUQAj2nU
— Collin Rugg (@CollinRugg) December 1, 2023
“We do not see any threat here,” he said. “We believe it was an act of extreme political protest that occurred.” Everyone inside the consulate building was said to be safe.
Anat Sultan-Dadon, Consul General of Israel to the southeastern U.S., said: “We are saddened to learn of the self-immolation at the entrance to the office building. It is tragic to see the hate and incitement toward Israel expressed in such a horrific way.”
“The sanctity of life is our highest value. Our prayers are with the security officer who was injured while trying to prevent this tragic act. We are grateful to the city of Atlanta’s law enforcement and first responders for all they do to ensure safety.”
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Released Israeli Hostages Call for Captives to Be Freed
Israeli hostages released in the past week by Hamas in Gaza called on Saturday for the immediate release of fellow captives left behind, a day after a temporary truce that had allowed scores to come home broke down.
Tens of thousands gathered at a rally in Tel Aviv outside Israel‘s defense headquarters, where they cheered Yelena Trupanov, 50, standing on a stage just two days after being freed.
“I came to thank you because without you I wouldn’t be here. Now we must bring back my (son) Sasha, and everyone. Now.”
Similar pleas from other released hostages were shown on video.
A seven-day truce, during which Hamas had released more than 100 hostages, collapsed on Friday after Hamas breached the ceasefire.
Israel said on Saturday it had recalled a Mossad intelligence agency team from Qatar, host of indirect negotiations with Hamas, accusing the Palestinian faction of reneging on a deal that would have freed all children and women held hostage.
More than 240 people – Israelis and foreign nationals – were abducted to Gaza on Oct 7. by Hamas terrorists who burst through the border with Israel and killed 1,200 people.
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IDF Foils Stabbing Attack Near Nablus in West Bank, Eliminates Terrorist
i24 News – The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) reported thwarting a stabbing attack on Saturday afternoon against reserve Battalion 7037 at the X junction near Nablus in the West Bank.
According to the IDF spokesperson, the event unfolded when the forces at the roadblock became suspicious of an individual approaching the barricade.
During the questioning process, the suspect suddenly drew a knife and advanced towards the IDF personnel.
ניסיון פיגוע דקירה אירע לפני זמן קצר לעבר כוח צה”ל במילואים מגדוד 7037 שפעל בחסם בצומת האיקס סמוך לעיר שכם שבמרחב חטיבת שומרון.
הכוח חשד במחבל שהגיע לחסם והחל לתחקר אותו, המחבל שלף סכין והחל להתקדם לעבר הכוח.
הלוחמים חתרו למגע והגיבו בירי לעבר המחבל שחוסל. אין נפגעים לכוחותינו. pic.twitter.com/mEaJs58hpE
— דובר צה״ל דניאל הגרי – Daniel Hagari (@IDFSpokesperson) December 2, 2023
The soldiers, faced with the threat, engaged in contact procedures and ultimately responded by opening fire on the assailant. The spokesperson confirmed that the attacker was neutralized due to the IDF’s action.
It was also noted that there were no casualties among the IDF forces involved in the incident. According to the spokesperson, the situation at the X junction has stabilized, and IDF continues to maintain vigilance in the area to prevent further attacks.
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