The Gaza Crisis We’re Not Talking About

Source: The Nation
by Ira Memaj

“One morning, the top of my feed showed, without warning, images of detained Palestinian men and boys (some as young as 12 years old) stripped to their underwear, blindfolded, handcuffed, and marshaled by the Israeli military. While scrolling through the news coverage and the outrage on social media, I noticed that much of the discourse failed to see these images for what they were: clear-cut evidence of sexual violence. Despite being documented in more than two dozen international conflicts, conflict-related sexual violence (or CRSV) against men and boys remains relatively under-discussed. These cases are difficult to identify and are rarely acknowledged as war crimes — which in turn, reproduces harmful gendered norms that view women as the only plausible victims of CRSV.” (05/13/24)