Accounts and pages on social media published news stating that Cochav Elkayam-Levy, the chair of the Israeli investigation committee into alleged rape cases, presented an old photo of Kurdish female recruits as Israeli girls who were sexually assaulted by Hamas fighters during the Nova Music Festival, the day of the start of the Operation Al-Aqsa Flood on October 7.
Additionally, some accounts published a video of Israeli doctor Cochav Elkayam-Levy describing the girl in the photo as a rape victim.
A Kurdish Fighter Victim of Rape, Not an Israeli Woman
By investigating the circulating claim, Misbar found that American investigative journalist Max Blumenthal was the first to reveal that the Israeli occupation fabricated this story.
It turned out that the site called “Hamas Massacre,” which was created by Israeli authorities to publish images from the Supernova concert during the Hamas attack on the Gaza envelope, had published the same photo on November 13, but Blumenthal concluded that it was old and had been published in May 2022 as showing the bodies of Kurdish female fighters, and not related to the Operation Al-Aqsa Flood.
“Hamas Massacre” Website Promoting the Photo
The Israeli website "Hamas Massacre" published the photo and claimed that it showed an Israeli victim after she was raped on October 7. The scene in the photo matches the description of Israeli doctor Cochav Elkayam-Levy during her participation in an online session organized by the Harvard Medical School on November 12, titled “ The Unspeakable Terror,” about gender-based violence on October 7.
While Levy talked about the gender-based crimes discovered by the Israeli authorities, she described a scene that she claimed was documented in a photo showing the body of a young woman, stripped from the waist down with her underwear torn and hung on one of her legs. She added that the scene she described was taken at the Nova music festival site.
However, after journalist Max Blumenthal revealed the truth about the claim, the Israeli website deleted the photo. It is noteworthy that the website created by Israel, called “Hamas Massacre,” describes itself as aiming to “document the massacres committed on October 7 at the Israeli Supernova festival.”
Israeli Captive Maya Regev Was Not Raped
Misbar has recently refuted a claim that a friend of the released Israeli captive, Maya Regev, said that Regev had been raped by more than one man during her detention by Hamas, as Israeli medical reports stated, according to this claim.
However, Misbar showed that Maya Regev’s medical reports did not mention that she had been raped. The Israeli Health Ministry announced that Maya Regev, who was released from captivity in Gaza on Sunday, November 26, arrived at the Soroka Medical Center in Beer Sheva to undergo immediate medical follow-up, and that her condition became stable.