Israeli actress Gal Gadot is breaking her silence and demanding international intervention to secure the release of women held hostage by Hamas. The acclaimed actress took to Instagram on Sunday, condemning the global community for its apparent silence on reports of sexual violence perpetrated by Hamas during the October 7 terrorist attack on Israel.
In a heartfelt message, Gadot expressed her dismay, stating, “The world has failed the women of October 7th.” She called attention to the ongoing peril faced by female hostages, now approaching three months in captivity, emphasizing the need to stand against rape and violence towards women.
Gadot seemed to target Western nations, including the U.S. and the U.K., for questioning the credibility of Israeli media reports on Hamas’s sexual violence. Notable figures like Julianna Margulies have echoed her concerns about the silence from women’s advocacy groups regarding these alarming reports.
Criticism has also been directed at the United Nations, as Israel and others condemn its failure to address the acts of sexual violence and the safety of female hostages under Hamas control. UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres acknowledged the reports on Nov. 30, but faced backlash for the delayed response.
Gadot highlighted the urgency of the situation, referring to the gruesome video of Shani Louk circulating just hours after the October 7th attack. She urged women and their allies to take action, calling on groups, including the UN, to do everything in their power to secure the release of the female hostages and prevent further sexual violence.
The actress has been a vocal advocate on social media, using her platform to push for the hostages’ release and share their stories. Alongside other celebrities, Gadot signed an open letter on October 12, expressing public support for Israel and demanding the return of the hostages.