EYEWITNESS: What I saw at a screening of Hamas sexual atrocities

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EYEWITNESS: What I saw at a screening of Hamas sexual atrocities

Jewish News' international editor was one of 50 journalists to watch IDF footage testifying to the horrific acts carried out on 7 October

A body bag in the grounds of the Nova music festival after the 7 October massacre. Picture: Ilia Yefimovich/Getty via JTA
A body bag in the grounds of the Nova music festival after the 7 October massacre. Picture: Ilia Yefimovich/Getty via JTA

WARNING: this report contains graphic descriptions of distressing images and footage and reports of witness accounts of sexual violence

Israeli authorities have held a screening for foreign journalists highlighting the sexual violence committed by Hamas terrorists on 7 October.

Amid tight security, 50 journalists were present at the National Academy for Israel Police to observe the eyewitness accounts.

Jewish News saw and heard:

1. Two dead women lying on the grass at musical festival – both with no trousers on. One has her underwear taken half off. The other woman does not appear to have any underwear on at all.

2. An eyewitness describing that she saw a woman being raped by several Hamas terrorists, who pulled her hair as they raped her and took turns. One of them cut her breasts off; the others played with them like a toy. The last terrorist to rape her shot her in the head and continued to rape her until he finished. The eyewitness described how some terrorists were carrying severed heads in their hands as trophies. She also saw a Hamas terrorist carrying a naked girl over his shoulder.

3. Police say they are still gathering evidence, such as DNA, from rape victims in addition to speaking to eyewitnesses to build the strongest case possible.

The journalists were also told that 18 people who were at the Nova music festival are currently in psychiatric hospitals.

Police are not releasing graphic video and photo documentation out of respect for the victims. Their investigation is ongoing. Releasing evidence to the public in cases such as this is not customary.

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