(JNS.org) Two Palestinian men who were recently arrested for allegedly raping a young Jewish woman with a mental disability were released Wednesday after the discovery of inconsistencies in the alleged victim’s statements.
The victim initially filed a complaint saying she had been raped by three Palestinians at a Jaffa motel. The woman said her alleged assailants had made racist remarks and humiliated her, and that one had filmed the rape on his phone with the stated intention of distributing the footage.
But Tel Aviv police said in a statement on Wednesday that no such video was found, and that “after 15 days of questioning investigators came to the conclusion that they did not find evidence to support the claims of the complaints,” according to Israeli media reports. Therefore, the two arrested Palestinian men—ages 17 and 42—were released.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has been criticized for calling the incident “a shocking crime that calls out for wall-to-wall condemnation” before a full investigation was completed.