“Many civilians died, but women were not killed in the same way as others. They were exposed naked and raped“, denounce dozens of French intellectuals and personalities in a shocking column published in the left-wing newspaper Liberation.
The initiative of the association “Paroles de femmes” They demand “the recognition of a mass femicide in Israel on October 7.” That day, in addition to the death of 1,200 citizens and the taking of 240 people hostage, There was numerous evidence of violations.
“The women have been displayed naked. Women have been raped until their pelvises were broken. Their bodies have also been raped. Their genitals have been damaged. They urinated on his remains. Some were beheaded, others dismembered and burned. Others were taken hostage. All this was filmed and photographed to create terror, because women and children are symbols of our humanity. The videos of the terrorists’ interrogations confirm it,” they added on the platform.
The text regrets that foreign feminist movements have not reacted more firmly in the face of the death, kidnapping and rape of these women.
Among the signatories are the actress Charlotte Gainsbourgthe mayor of Paris Anne Hidalgothe comedian Tomer Sisley, the actor Samuel Le Bihanthe actress Elsa Zylberstein, the director Bernard Campan, the actress Marilou Berry, the screenwriter Pascal Elbe, the actor Michel Boujenahthe journalists Valerie Trierweiler and Laurence Ferrari, the writer Françoise Labordethe writer Marc Levy, the former Israeli ambassador Arié Avigdor and the journalist Georges-Marc Benhamou.
The petition on the change.org website, which has received more than 14,000 signatures, claims to be “apolitical” but “purely feminist and humanist,” in solidarity with the victims.
The full text:
For the recognition of mass femicide in Israel on October 7
Many civilians died, but women were not killed in the same way as others. They paraded them naked and raped them. A group of public figures, including Charlotte Gainsbourg, Isabelle Carré and Marek Halter, point out that these crimes were directed against women because of their sex.
Their names were Sarah, Karine, Céline… On the initiative of the Paroles de femmes association, we launched an appeal to feminists and those who support our cause to recognize femicide in the massacres of women perpetrated on October 7 in Israel.
It is important that this term, often used by the press to describe the murders of women at the hands of their spouses or ex-spouses, be recognized by all international NGOs (Amnesty International, UN Women, etc.) for what amounts to a mass femicide.
It is this mass femicide that we must confront, without linking it to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. We know it’s difficult. But we must do it so that women stop being the first victims of wars and armed conflicts, and so that their faces are never forgotten.
Exposed, raped, decapitated
Many civilians have died, but women have not been killed in the same way as others. The violence inflicted on these women corresponds in every way to the definition of femicide, that is, the murder of women or girls because of their sex. The women were displayed naked. The women were raped until their pelvises were broken. Their bodies were also raped. Their genitals were damaged. They urinated on his remains. Some were beheaded, others dismembered and burned. Others were taken hostage. All of this was filmed and photographed to instill terror, because women and children are symbols of our humanity. The videos of the terrorists’ interrogations confirm this: “We wanted to rape them to defile them.” The hostage women were even classified: the pretty ones were taken away and the others were killed. They also raped and killed disabled women, like Noya, who is autistic, and Ruth, who has multiple disabilities.
Once again: this is not about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
This call is not political. This call is purely feminist and humanist. We must all be supportive. We have created an online petition so that this solidarity can continue.
First signatories: Olivia Cattan, president of Paroles de femmes, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Anne Hidalgo, Tomer Sisley, Isabelle Carré, Catherine Marchal, Samuel Le Bihan, Elsa Zylberstein, Bernard Campan, Arié Elmaleh, Marilou Berry, Pascal Elbe, Michel Boujenah, Stéphane Guillon, William Mesguish, Jean-Luc Moreau, Lior Ashkénazi, Michel Cymès, Valérie Trierweiler, Laurence Ferrari, Françoise Laborde, Brigitte Benkemoun, Marc Levy, Marek Halter, Arié Avigdor (former Ambassador of Israel), Georges-Marc Benhamou, Nathalie Tomasini, Michèle Schor , Anne Baer (General Director of iKare innovation), Yvan Attal, Lamia El Aaraje…