Israeli soldiers raped and murdered a teenage Bedouin girl in the Negev desert. Image: Wiki image
After 54 years, details one of Israel’s earliest secrets – the fate of a young bedouin girl at the hands of soldiers – have finally been released.
After previously being relegated to whispered rumours between soldiers, Israeli newspaper Ha’aretz has revealed the full extent of what happened in the Negev desert with the help of previously classified army documents.
In August 1949, an army unit stationed at Nirim in the Negev shot an Arab man and captured a bedouin girl with him who is thought to have been in her mid-teens.
In the hours after her capture she was forced to shower naked in front of the soldiers before three of them raped her.
After the Sabbath meal, the platoon commander, a man called Moshe who had served in the British army during the second world war proposed a vote on what should be done with her.
One of the options discussed was to make her work in the outpost’s kitchen. However, 20 or so of the soldiers present made their vote clear by repeatedly chanting: “We want to f***”.
Moshe then organised a rota for groups of the soldiers to gang rape the girl over the next three days. Moshe and one of his sergeants went first leaving the girl unconscious. When she complained about her treatment the next morning Moshe ordered one of his sergeants to kill her.
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