Republican Representative from South Carolina, Nancy Mace, called on her colleagues in the House of Representatives not to condemn the sexual violence suffered by Israeli women at the hands of Hamas.
“Where are the women’s groups that claim to be fighting for women around the world that have been completely silent on this issue? Then look at my colleagues in the House of Representatives. Where are they?” Mays said on Fox News Sunday.
Videos and photos posted on social media, as well as Israeli police accounts, detailed that Israeli women faced violent rapes after Hamas launched attacks on the country on October 7.
Mace responded to a series of clips showing former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, New York Democratic Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, and philanthropist Sheryl Sandberg publicly condemning the rape and sexual assault of Israeli women by Hamas as the war rages on.
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Mace said she agreed with Clinton, Gillibrand and Sandberg’s condemnation of the crimes, but questioned why her colleagues in the House of Representatives did not also condemn the violence. She specifically criticized Democratic Washington Rep. Pramila Jayapal and her “excuses last week.”
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“Representative Jayapal, her excuses last week, I mean we now know that Hamas, in their battle plan, was going to come in and systematically rape, mutilate and kill these Israeli women,” she said.
“I am a rape survivor,” said Mayes, who revealed in 2019 that she was a victim of rape as a teenager. “But the difference here is that I survived, but many of these Israeli women did not.”
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Jayapal came under fire last Sunday after an appearance on CNN where she was pressed about Hamas’ sexual violence against women, repeatedly redirecting the conversation to Israel while saying she “absolutely” condemned Hamas’ rape of Israeli women. The Democratic representative in Washington issued a statement shortly after the interview in which she made clear that she condemns the rape of Israeli women.
“Let me be absolutely clear again that I unequivocally condemn Hamas’ use of rape and sexual violence as an act of war. It is horrific, and across the world, we must stand with our sisters, our families, and survivors of rape and sexual assault everywhere. She said in a press statement on Monday, to condemn this violence and hold its perpetrators accountable.
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Mace continued in her interview on Fox News that it was “shameful” that some of her colleagues in the House of Representatives did not publicly condemn violent crimes.
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“I can’t think of anything more shameful than to see these women’s groups, to see women on the left, women in the House of Representatives — my colleagues on the left — who refuse to say what this is, and it’s shameful. It’s disgusting, it’s shameful.” “. “It is brutal, and we must condemn it in every corner of our country,” Mace said.