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UN report – I knew it already BUT still critical

OFFICIAL REPORT: UN Office of the Special Representative of the Secretary-General on Sexual Violence in Conflict makes it voice clear!

I didn’t need the UN to tell me it was true, but their words are all the more unequivocal for anyone that does.

The UN report is absolutely blunt and straight forward and not at all open to interpretation in its findings. It is all the more damning given how difficult it must be for the UN (on so many levels given recent events and historic evidence of bias) to be so absolutely clear in its findings against Hamas.

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It is a very short report and I urge people to read it (however hard it is) but it says simply:

“Based on the information it gathered, the mission team found clear and convincing information that sexual violence, including rape, sexualized torture, cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment has been committed against hostages and has reasonable grounds to believe that such violence may be ongoing against those still held in captivity. In line with a survivor/victim-centered approach, findings are conveyed in generic terms and details are not revealed.”

… (details about the events) …

“Overall, the mission team is of the view that the true prevalence of sexual violence during the 7 October attacks and their aftermath, may take months or years to emerge and may never be fully known.”

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There are many aspects of the 7th October that were especially hard, but purely from my own personal perspective as a married father with daughters, it is perhaps the use on such a huge and blatant scale of sexual abuse and rape as a weapon of war that was that was the most awful, and I say this even though I have a son in the frontlines.

With all of the tragedy of war and the terrible impact on civilian populations, the heart of the matter is whether Israel as a society and nation has the right and duty to defend and protect itself against what is organized inhumane brutal terrorism of a medieval nature. It simply can’t be acceptable or tolerated.

For me, it is not about religion and nationality, it is about basic morality and a zero tolerance against Hamas, who so clearly admit they want to do this again and again. It will unfortunately not surprise anyone reading this report to realize how fully prepared they have been to hide behind and use hostages and their own civilians to shield themselves in the most cowardly way as a tool of war.

I truly grieve over all innocent casualties of this war but terror of this nature must not be tolerated or accepted, and Hamas still continue to hold onto captives who must be freed.

Unfortunately, I urge people share the real story of this horrible war.

About the Author
I live in Yad Binyamin having made Aliyah 17 years ago from London. I have an amazing wife and kids including a son in Special Forces and two daughters, one soon to start uni and one in high school. A partner of a global consulting firm and a Parkinson's patient and advocate.