Why we should not believe the claims of an Israeli woman who claimed to be raped
An Israeli woman has claimed she was raped by a foreign man while on a bus in the West Bank.
Rania Abou-Khdeir, 23, made the allegations in an open letter to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Deputy Foreign Minister Tzipi Hotovely, and posted a picture of herself with bruises on Facebook.
Abou-Khdeir has said she was on her way home from work on Sunday morning when she was attacked by a group of three men who she did not know.
The attack happened while she was traveling in the area of the village of Beit Ummar, about 30 miles (50 kilometers) south of Ramallah, near the West Banks settlement of Ma’ale Adumim.
“The attackers threw me to the ground and raped me while I was in the car,” Abou Khdeir said.
“I felt that the assailants were not interested in giving me a rape kit, they only wanted to get away with what they had done to me.
I do not understand why they would want to do that to me, especially after they have done so to others.
I have been raped in the past.
I cannot understand why I was raped in this way.”
She wrote that the three men she was travelling with, who she identified only as Arabs, “tried to rape me and I tried to protect myself.”
She added that the men did not resist and that they were laughing at her, before throwing her to the floor.
“They tried to make me scream, but I could not,” she wrote.
“As they continued to rape and assault me, they threw me on the ground.
I could smell blood.
The other two men, who were laughing, followed after me, but they could not catch me.
They threw me into the bus.”
Abou Khdures father told the Israeli news website Ynet that he received a phone call from his wife the next day.
He said he called her and she told him that she was “a survivor” of the attack.
“When I asked her if she could go home to her family, she said, ‘Yes, I’m sorry, I can’t leave my friends,’ but I told her I could protect myself,” he said.
Abu Khduirs mother, also named Rania, also shared her story on Facebook, saying she was riding with her husband when she heard the cries of her daughter and was told to leave by the attackers.
“I saw the man sitting in the back seat of the bus.
He started hitting my daughter and my husband and then he started hitting me,” she said.”
As I was getting up from the seat, he hit me in the head and neck, and then hit me again in the face, and my head started bleeding,” she added.
Aboulaad, a spokeswoman for the Foreign Ministry, told The Associated Press that she could not comment on the allegations because the matter is under investigation.
She also did not have an immediate response to questions about the identity of the alleged assailants.
Aboushi, who is originally from Jordan, said she has worked as a journalist in the Middle East for more than 10 years and is now based in Israel.
She said she did research on the case before publishing the open letter.
“What I found, if I can put it like that, is the victim’s story is very real,” she told the AP.
“We have to remember that we have no idea what is happening in the world and what is going on in our country.”
The Israeli government does not officially comment on cases of alleged rape.
Aboshen Golan, who heads the Israeli-Palestinian Human Rights Association, told the Associated Press in a telephone interview that Abou Khedre was a victim of rape by two different parties.
“She is the first victim that I know of who has come forward with the information that she is the one who was raped,” he told the wire service.
“She has no other evidence other than her own story.
She is very brave and has done everything possible to make sure she is believed.”
The woman, who did not want to be named for fear of reprisals, said that she did what she was told.
“When I heard that they had raped me, I did what I was told and I went to the police,” she explained.
Abowesh said that he was not aware of the attacks in the Israeli media until Abou Soude, a journalist for Channel 10 TV, posted a story about the attack on Facebook last week.
“We need to make it clear that we do not believe that the woman made these allegations,” he wrote.
Abouf-Kherbawi said that the case has raised questions about Israel’s handling of sexual violence cases, and she said she believes the attack was a hate crime.
“Israelis should be aware that if there are two or more women in a crowded place where there