An article in the Jerusalem Post on Tuesday described how Palestinian men’s experience of sexual harassment by Israeli forces has become a reality.
The article was based on interviews with Palestinian men who, for example, were assaulted by soldiers in the occupied West Bank.
Some were forced to take refuge at checkpoints to avoid capture by Israeli troops, while others said that they were raped and molested.
The authors wrote that the experience of Palestinians in the West Bank was “the most brutal, the most dehumanizing, the hardest to accept, the one that makes us feel the most unsafe.”
The article, entitled “Hossein Maysal, ‘You can’t make me feel like I’m being raped’: A Palestinian man’s story of sexual assault by the Israeli army,” also said that Palestinians in Israeli military custody face a “terrible” experience of “disgust, anger, humiliation and the fear of being subjected to sexual assault.”
The paper added that the Israeli occupation forces’ “system of impunity is a constant source of terror for Palestinians, who have long been treated with contempt and abuse, including sexual harassment.”