Jewish House reps. condemn UN procrastination on sexual violence report

More than two dozen Jewish members of Congress issued a statement condemning Hamas’ gender-based violence after the U.N. report found “clear and convincing evidence” that it had occurred, according to a press release from Rep. Debbie’s office Wasserman-Shultz.

Wasserman-Shultz and North Carolina Rep. Kathy Manning (D) led the bipartisan effort.

“The welcome conclusions of the long-awaited UN Special Representative’s report on sexual violence in conflict, which found ‘clear and convincing’ evidence of Hamas’s sexual violence, should finally put an end to the deafening silence and outright denial , in too many circles. of Hamas’s use of rape as a weapon of war and its crimes against humanity,” the statement said. “It is shameful that so many international organizations ostensibly committed to women’s rights have refused for months to even acknowledge these crimes.”

Members of Congress said they were shocked that it took the United Nations nearly five months to believe evidence that included photo and video evidence immediately after the attack.

A PROTEST is held yesterday outside the office of the UN Special Coordinator, Resident Coordinator and Humanitarian Coordinator, in the Armon Hanatziv neighborhood of Jerusalem (credit: Marc Israel Sellem/Jerusalem Post)

This unwillingness to acknowledge the truth was deeply disappointing, the statement said.

‘We will continue to speak out for Israeli women who have been victims of Hamas’

“We reject any attempt to justify, rationalize or ‘contextualise’ the crimes committed by Hamas against Israeli women and girls,” the statement said. “We will continue to speak out for Israeli women victimized by Hamas and all remaining hostages, including American citizens, who continue to face the threat of sexual violence.”

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