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‘Shocking’: Outrage in Israel over alleged gang rape of teenager | Israel News

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The alleged gang rape of a 16-year-old girl by some 30 men in the Red Sea resort of Eilat has sparked outrage in Israel, with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu calling the incident “shocking”.

Reports that the alleged perpetrators, said to be in their 20s, queued outside the minor’s hotel room awaiting their turn to take advantage of her inebriated state prompted protests in several Israeli cities on Thursday.

The girl had reported the alleged crime to police in Eilat last week but the case had previously gone largely unnoticed.

“Two suspects have been arrested in connection with an incident that took place in Eilat involving a 16-year-old female teenager,” police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld told AFP news agency.

Protests in the big cities of Tel Aviv and Jerusalem on Thursday evening prompted Israel’s leaders to speak out against crimes against women.

‘Shocking’

“It’s shocking – there’s no other word for it,” said Netanyahu, calling for all the suspects to be put on trial.

“It’s not only a crime against a young girl, it’s a crime against humanity itself that deserves condemnation from all of us.”

Israel’s President Reuven Rivlin wrote an open letter to the country’s youth.

“Sexual assault, rape, sexual exploitation, sexual violence – these are some of the stains that cannot be deleted,” he said.

“These are cases of unforgivable loss of boundaries, and they destroy us as a society. As humans.”

The two suspects in custody were both residents of Hadera, a northern Israeli coastal city, and both with criminal records from previous felonies, according to media.

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On Friday, dozens of Hadera residents, including Mayor Tzvika Gendelman, gathered to protest against the alleged rape and extend their support to the victim.

“Despite there being suspects from our city, we Hadera residents condemn it,” Gendelman said in a Facebook video after the demonstration.

“We’ll do whatever it takes to uproot this affliction,” he said.

Ilana Weizman of women’s rights group HaStickeriot said one in five Israeli women was raped during her lifetime with 260 cases reported every day.

“We must educate our boys on the issue of consent … from a very young age,” she said.

The plaintiff’s lawyer Shani Moran on Friday said her client was “not doing well”.

“There is no doubt the people involved knew she was a minor,” she told public broadcaster Kan, noting the event was most likely filmed by the alleged perpetrators.

Last year, a 19-year-old British woman claimed she had been gang-raped by 12 Israeli males, aged 15 to 18, at a hotel in Cyprus.

She was later found guilty of lying about being gang-raped and given a four-month suspended sentence.

The case was condemned by women’s rights groups and the woman’s lawyer said she was appealing against her conviction.



Source – www.aljazeera.com

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Muntu Blocked in Kamwenge

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Alliance for National Transformation presidential candidate Gen. Mugisha Muntu has been blocked from campaigning in Kamwenge according to a statement he released earlier today.Below is the full statement:

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Today in Kamwenge, as we have done since the start of the campaign season, we headed out to speak with the people. We had earlier in the week agreed on the venue with security agencies. No one had anticipated that it would rain as much as it did, making it impossible for us or the people to access.

After identifying an alternative place only 100m away from the original venue, negotiating with the owner and communicating the same to the public, we headed to the second venue only to be stopped by police.

Our policy has always been to do all we can to be reasonable, even in the face of unreasonable action on the part of the state. We engaged the police leadership in a civilized, respectable manner well knowing that they intended to not only frustrate us, but cause us to act in ways that would give them an excuse to cause chaos. This was on top of their intimidating the radio we had booked and duly paid to appear on.

While we are confident that we are on the right side of both the law and reason, we have chosen not to endanger the lives of our supporters or the general public by escalating the situation. We will do everything humanly possible to avoid a single life being lost or blood being shed on account of our campaign.

And yet this truth remains: the regime’s days are numbered.

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Is Johnson Byabashaija courting Enid Kukunda for protection?

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The very amiable Commissioner General of Prisons Canon Johnson Byabashaija was recently sighted with President Y K Tibuhaburwa Museveni’s second wife Enid Kukunda as the two had a very secretive meeting in one of the city hangouts.

According to our informers, the two seem to be in a deep conversation that they wouldn’t allow a housefly pass around. However, sources further reveal that Byabashaija could have courted the second lady for protection given that he has amassed a lot of wealth and could be a subject of investigations.

Our sources reveal that Byabashaija who carries himself as Mr.I know it all hasn’t met Madam Enid alone but a host of others with connections to the centre of power in the country.

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Bobi Wine released on Bail

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Presidential candidate and kyadondo East legislator Hon. Robert Kyagulanyi Sentamu has been realeased on bail by the Iganga magistrates court where he appeared to defend himself against accusations of flouting COVID-19 campaign SOPs. A defiant Kyagulanyi took the opportunity to blast the incumbent Yoweri Museveni, whom he accuses of using state power to quell dissident.

This follows a tense week that has seen thousands injured and several dead following Hon. Kyagulanyi’s arrest earlier this week. Demonstrations and riots erupted in many parts of the country and heavy police and army deployment was seen all over the country.

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