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Happy Thanksgiving ...Release The Hostages

Good morning…

I hope everyone has a happy Thanksgiving.

I continue to be lucky and grateful to have Ellen, Rachel and Max at home and healthy. I don’t really need much more.

As a jew that often visits Israel, I am grateful that some hostages will be released tomorrow.

As a husband and father of my daughter Rachel, I have been frustrated, sickened and angry the last week as more stories emerge of mass rapes by Hamas.

Michal Herzog, the First Lady of Israel, wrote an opinion piece for Newsweek that really struck a chord. The gist:

At the Nova music festival, where more than 350 young people were slaughtered and dozens kidnapped, witnesses hiding in the bushes saw terrorists gang-rape, then murder and mutilate women. A Hamas video from a kibbutz shows terrorists torturing a pregnant woman and removing her fetus. Our forensic scientists have found bodies of women and girls raped with such violence that their pelvic bones were broken. Those of us unlucky enough to have seen video evidence broadcast by the terrorists themselves witnessed the body of a naked woman paraded through Gaza, and another, still alive, in bloodied pants held captive at gunpoint being pulled into a jeep by her hair. This evidence, along with the explicit recorded confessions of captured terrorists, makes abundantly clear that mass rape was a premeditated part of Hamas's plan.

And this crime is ongoing: The 240 hostages held in Gaza include many women and girls, and only when they are released will we know what they have endured.

In the 1990s, international agencies and legal experts finally began to see violence against women as a particular category of war crime. Organizations like UN Women exist to protect women from such crimes, while Israeli experts and activists have been involved in these international efforts. Thus, our second shock: The inconceivable and unforgiveable silence of these organizations when faced with the rape and murder of Israeli women.

It is not that condemnations of gender-based violence by Hamas have been weak or insufficient – there have been none at all. Statement after statement by organizations like UN Women, the Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) have failed to condemn these crimes. They failed us, and all women, at this critical moment.

As a woman and a mother, my heart goes out to women and children in Gaza suffering the consequences of the war started by Hamas. I believe they deserve aid and support. But this does not mean the erasure of the atrocities committed by Palestinian terrorists on October 7. The silence of international human rights organizations, and the unwillingness to believe Israeli women in the face of overwhelming evidence has been devastating.

I am not sure people understand the mindset of many women in Gaza. Tomorrow, Israeli’s will be releasing many female prisoners that stabbed Israeli soldiers in Jerusalem in exchange for babies and children held hostage by Hamas in Gaza. There are stories emerging that some Isareli hostages are being held by Gaza civilians.

Meet Maryam Mohammad -Farhat…and watch the video below as well.

Maryam is pure evil.

I am thankful that we are far from this battle physically and that people like Assita Kanko are on the right side of humanity with speeches like this:

Please share and have a great Thanksgiving.

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