CNN host Dana Bash clashed with progressive Rep. Pramila Jayapal, D-Wash., over the lack of widespread condemnation of Hamas’ use of sexual violence against Israeli women during their Oct. 7 attacks.
” I want to ask you about sexual violence, and it’s kind of remarkable that this issue hasn’t gotten enough attention, globally. Widespread use of rape, brutal rape, sexual violence against Israeli women by Hamas. I’ve seen a lot of progressive women, generally speaking, they’re quick to defend women’s rights and to speak out against using rape as a weapon of war, but downright silent on what we saw on October 7. And what might be happening inside Gaza right now to these hostages. Why is that?” Bash asked.
The “Squad” Democrat suggested that wasn’t true and claimed she had already condemned Hamas’ treatment of women before quickly turning the conversation back to Israel.
” But I think we have to remember Israel is a democracy. That is why they’re a strong ally of ours. And if they do not comply with international humanitarian law, they are bringing themselves to a place that makes it much more difficult strategically for them to be able to build allies, to keep public opinion with them, and frankly, morally, we can not say that one war crime deserves another. That is not what international humanitarian law says,” Jayapal said.
” With respect, I was just asking about the women, and you turned it back to Israel. I’m asking you abbout Hamas,” Bash said.
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The lawmaker said she had already answered the question and added, “we have to be balanced about bringing in the outrages agianst Palestinians. Fifteen thousand Palestinians have been killed in Israeli air strikes, three-quarters of whom are women and children.”
” And it’s horrible,” Bash said. “But you don’t see Israeli soldiers raping Palestinian women.”
“I don’t want this to be the hierarchies of oppressions,” Jayapal said.
The official UN Women X account was widely criticized this week after explicitly condemning the Hamas massacre in Israel for the first time as well as the terrorist group’s treatment of women, nearly two months after the attack happened.
U.N. Secretary-General António Guterres announced on Wednesday that the UN would be investigating the Hamas attacks and their use of sexual violence against Israeli women.
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