Israel Police Spokesperson Merav Lapidot said that at this moment in the ongoing investigation, it appears that the gang rape of a mentally disabled young woman was most likely not racially or nationalistically motivated. Lapidot also attacked the media coverage of the affair and the public figures who commented on it.







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After Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu attacked the media and members of the political system for not addressing the gang rape of a mentally disabled young woman, and after he retracted his statement, Israel Police Spokesperson Merav Lapidot said today (Sunday) that the gang rape was “most likely not a nationalistically-motivated terror attack.”

“From the beginning, the investigation team understood that this story is more complicated than what it appears,” said Lapidot in a radio interview this morning. “This does not diminish the seriousness of the attack or the trauma that the woman had to endure. However, there are holes in the versions of the story and therefore, we need to allow the investigation team members to do their job.”

Lapidot even attacked the media coverage of the affair and the public officials who commented on it: “This is a classic example of why the Police needs to be allowed to do its work instead of jumping straight to headlines. The investigation isn’t conducted in the media outlets.” She also added: “A woman with disabilities, who is mentally handicapped, came to us and we are questioning her with the help of experts. We are doing this in an orderly fashion.”

Two Palestinians were arrested last week under the suspicion that they participated in the gang rape. A third Palestinian is suspected of being involved in the act as well. The two suspects who are in custody denied the allegations during their interrogations. They also denied that they were hanging out with the woman at the time of the rape. However, the investigation team discovered a picture of one of the suspects with the complainant.