In a country all-too-familiar with sex crime revelations, a new one involving a Palestinian prisoner and soldiers placed in the prison service, is enraging the country and impacting top politicians
Long before the international #MeToo movement in 2017, high-ranking politicians and military figures in Israel were brought down by sexual misconduct and assault cases – most prominently when the country’s president, Moshe Katsav, was convicted on two counts of rape in 2010 and sent to prison.
But a new scandal now shocks the country. The reason: the accused perpetrator of sexual assault is no general or powerful politician, but rather a Palestinian terrorist serving a life sentence in an Israeli prison – and his victims are young female Israeli soldiers who were stationed there as wardens.
Evidence is mounting that young women working at Gilboa Prison, northern Israel, during their compulsory military service (between the ages of 18 and 21) were knowingly “pimped” to Mahmoud Atallah. He was convicted of the 2003 murder of a woman in Ramallah whom he believed to be collaborating with Israel, and is widely viewed as the leader of Palestinian prisoners belonging to the Fatah movement.
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