Unimaginable Acts: Hamas in Israel

A survivor of the Oct. 7 terrorist attack at the Nova Music festival in Israel has come forward with a harrowing account of witnessing Hamas terrorists gang rape and engage in sexual violence against women. Yoni Saadon, a 39-year-old father of four, recalled the gruesome scenes he witnessed, including a “beautiful woman with the face of an angel” being raped by eight to 10 Hamas gunmen.

Saadon, who works as a shift manager at a foundry, said the woman begged for death after the brutal attack, but was instead shot in the head by one of the terrorists. “I will never forget her face,” Saadon said. “Every night I wake to it and apologize to her, saying, ‘I’m sorry.’”

He also witnessed another woman being beheaded with a shovel while trying to defend herself against two Hamas gunmen. Saadon is among the latest witnesses who have accused the terrorist group of orchestrating mass rapes during the Oct. 7 attack. While Hamas has denied these allegations, several testimonies and investigations have provided evidence to support the claims.

Israeli authorities, who initially struggled to gather physical evidence due to the lack of rape kits used on survivors and victims’ bodies within the first 48 hours, have started to piece together the horrifying details of what happened. Forensic teams examining the bodies of the victims have reported multiple signs of rape, torture, and other atrocities.

“We saw many women with bloody underwear, broken bones, and broken pelvises,” said a volunteer worker at the Shura military morgue. “Some had been shot in the face, as if to mutilate them. It was clear they were trying to spread as much horror as they could,” she added.

The United Nations, which had remained silent for nearly two months, has launched an inquiry into the sexual violence committed by Hamas during the Oct. 7 massacre. “There are numerous accounts of sexual violence during the abhorrent acts of terror by Hamas that must be vigorously investigated and prosecuted,” said UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres in a statement. “Gender-based violence must be condemned. Anytime. Anywhere,” he emphasized.

Israeli police are also working on building cases against the Hamas terrorists involved in the sexual assaults, with the goal of trying them for rape. Haim Outmezgine, a senior member of ZAKA rescue services, a volunteer group that has collected the bulk of the dead for burial, said it was evident from the victims’ remains that Hamas was intent on spreading fear and inflicting maximum harm. “It seemed their mission was to rape as many as possible,” Outmezgine told the Times.

As investigations continue and more witnesses come forward, it is clear that the terror inflicted upon innocent civilians on Oct. 7 went far beyond the initial death toll of over 1,200. The survivors, along with their families and loved ones, will continue to live with the emotional scars of that harrowing night for the rest of their lives.