Israeli women who were held hostage by Hamas in Gaza assured today in a committee of the Israeli Parliament (Knesset) that those who remain captive in the Strip suffer sexual abuse by that terrorist group, against which complaints continue for using sexual violence as a weapon of war since last October 7, when it attacked Israeli territory and triggered the current conflict.
Some women who were kidnapped by Hamas in the October 7 attack and released in November appeared today in a parliamentary commission on victims of sexual and gender violence, before which they stated that some of the hostages in the Strip They are treated like “dolls” by their guardians.
“The terrorists bring inappropriate clothes, clothes for dolls, and they turn the girls into their dolls. Dolls on a rope with which you can do whatever you want, whenever you want,” said former hostage Aviva Siegel, adding that she saw it “with her own eyes” while she was held captive in Gaza in the hands of Palestinian militias.
At the same time, she said she was concerned about the fact that women hostages still in Gaza are being raped, and stressed that There are captive children who “also suffer abuse” and are “puppets on a string”Siegel added.
In total, according to Israeli data, 19 women remain captive on the fringe.
Last month, another Israeli hostage freed along with her daughter, Chen Goldstein-Almoghe said in an interview with Channel 12 news outlet that she met other captives in Gaza “who went through difficult things.”
“They were raped, hurt, some were injured”he added, ensuring that there were also men who suffered torture and abuse.
For his part, in another appearance at the beginning of January before the parliamentary committee, Aviva Siegel She said she saw another Israeli hostage being tortured after her captors accused her of being an Israeli army officer. “They tortured her next to me, and I witnessed it,” she said.
According to eyewitnesses, emergency and health personnel or the Israeli authorities themselves, there are many cases of victims who suffered sexual abuse during the October 7 attack in which Palestinian militants killed some 1,200 people in Israel and took at least 240 hostages to Gaza.
Of the hostages, 110 were released, the majority – largely women and children – during the truce at the end of November that also involved the release of 240 Palestinian prisoners – women and minors – from Israeli prisons.
Currently, Israel estimates that 130 people taken hostage on October 7 remain captive in the Strip. Of these, he estimates that 28 are dead and the rest are still alive.
This comes as the families of the hostages increase pressure on Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and the Government to take effective steps for the release of the captives, even if it involves an agreement with Hamas, as the prime minister has urged in recent weeks to achieve the release of hostages with military pressure, a route that their families do not see as possible nor do they consider efficient.
Meanwhile, negotiations mediated by Egypt and Qatar for some type of pact to be reached between Israel and Hamas and, according to information published yesterday by Israeli digital Walla, the Israeli Government would have transferred a proposal for a two-month truce to Gaza in exchange for the release of all captives and the release of a considerable number of Palestinian prisoners.
(With information from EFE)