13
December 2023
Past Event
Clarity on Hamas’s Terror Campaign and Sexual Violence

Event will also air live on this page.

 

Inquiries: mdewitt@hudson.org

Clarity on Hamas’s Terror Campaign and Sexual Violence

Past Event
Hudson Institute
December 13, 2023
Participants hold up posters of hostages as thousands of people attend the March for Israel on the National Mall on November 14, 2023, in Washington, DC. (Photo by Noam Galai/Getty Images)
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Participants hold up posters of hostages as thousands of people attend the March for Israel on the National Mall on November 14, 2023, in Washington, DC. (Photo by Noam Galai/Getty Images)
13
December 2023
Past Event

Event will also air live on this page.

 

Inquiries: mdewitt@hudson.org

Speakers:
Senator Marsha Blackburn
Sen. Marsha Blackburn

United States Senator, Tennessee

Joni Ernst
Sen. Joni Ernst

United States Senator, Iowa

Beth Van Duyne
Rep. Beth Van Duyne

United Stated Representative, Twenty-Fourth District of Texas

United Stated Representative, Twenty-Fourth District of Texas
Rep. Julia Letlow

United Stated Representative, Fifth District of Louisiana

heinrichs
Rebeccah L. Heinrichs

Senior Fellow and Director, Keystone Defense Initiative

Moderator:
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Morgan Ortagus

Founder, Polaris National Security and Former State Department Spokesperson

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Hamas terrorists’ October 7 invasion of southern Israel included the wide-scale rape of Israeli women as a weapon of war, which Secretary of State Antony Blinken said was “beyond anything that I've seen.” However, it has largely been met with silence from the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN Women) to numerous other global women’s rights groups. Meanwhile, Israeli officials believe about 18 women remain in Hamas custody. And United States officials have publicly said that Hamas is not releasing the remaining women because it does not want them to speak publicly about the sexual violence they have endured.

Please join Senators Joni Ernst and Marsha Blackburn and Representatives Beth Van Duyne and Julia Letlow for an event at Hudson with Senior Fellow Rebeccah L. Heinrichs, moderated by former State Department Spokeswoman Morgan Ortagus. The women will address Hamas’s use of sexual violence, the silence of global women’s rights groups, and the need for unequivocal moral and intellectual clarity in condemning rape as a weapon of war.

Additional panelists will be announced as they are confirmed.

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