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Forced to Work as a ‘Sex Slave’ in Prison, Says Israeli Guard;  Probe ordered


Israeli Prime Minister Yair Lapid said the matter would be investigated. (Representative)

Jerusalem:

Israel’s prime minister on Sunday promised an investigation into allegations by a former guard at a maximum-security prison that she was repeatedly raped by a Palestinian inmate after being forced to work as a “sex slave” by her prisoners. superiors.

Reports of female guards being mistreated by inmates at Gilboa prison have been circulating in the Israeli media for several years.

But the prison’s management came under renewed scrutiny in September last year, when six Palestinian prisoners escaped from Gilboa by tunneling out of their cells through the drainage system, an escape which made headlines around the world.

The past year has seen a series of revelations regarding what some Israeli media are calling Gilboa’s “pimping affair”, a reference to widespread reports that male guards ordered female guards to put themselves in situations where they were vulnerable to assault by inmates.

But last week, a woman who identified herself as a former Gilboa guard, and who remained anonymous, posted testimony online saying she had been repeatedly raped by a Palestinian prisoner.

She says she was “handed over” to him by her superiors and became his “private sex slave”.

“I didn’t want to be raped, raped over and over again,” she said.

The woman’s lawyer, Keren Barak, later confirmed the anonymous testimony on Israel’s Channel 12 over the weekend, saying her client needed mental health support after the ordeal.

Reacting to developments, Israeli Prime Minister Yair Lapid told his cabinet on Sunday: “It cannot be (tolerated) for a soldier to be raped by a terrorist while on duty.

“He must – and will be investigated. We will make sure the soldier gets help,” Lapid said.

In a separate statement on Sunday, Homeland Security Minister Omer Barlev said the “case that occurred a few years ago in Gilboa prison” had “shaken Israeli public opinion.”

“I’ve read the testimonials that are published and I’m just shocked,” Barlev said.

Lapid said some aspects of the case were under gag order, but he was having discussions with Israel Prisons Service (IPS) Commissioner Katy Perry “to ensure that such an incident never happen again.”

Gilboa prison in northern Israel is where Israel is holding a number of Palestinians convicted of involvement in attacks on Israelis.

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