Young woman's brothers, uncle arrested for raping her

An 18-year-old girl told police her two brothers and her uncle had been raping her since she was 14. The father was arrested on suspicion of threatening his daughter not to complain.

Israeli police officer arrests a man. (photo credit: ISRAEL POLICE)
Israeli police officer arrests a man.
(photo credit: ISRAEL POLICE)

Israeli police from the Yiftach precinct arrested four Tel Aviv residents for questioning on suspicion of involvement in sexual offenses against one of their family members for four years. Of those arrested, three were brought in on suspicion of raping the complainant and one on suspicion of trying to stop her from complaining to the authorities.

The four will be brought for an extension of detention at the Tel Aviv Magistrate's Court on Tuesday.

The young woman, now 18, told police investigators that her two brothers and her uncle had raped her and sexually assaulted her since she was 14.

Her father was also arrested on suspicion of knowing about the acts, but when his daughter told him of the horrible deeds, he threatened her and told her not to dare speak with the police.

The investigation was opened about a month ago.

Monday night, as the investigation progressed, police officers and detectives arrived at the suspects' homes and arrested them for interrogation, after which they were imprisoned.

This comes as Israel has seen a worrying rise in reports of sexual assault since the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic.

Just one month ago, two minors and an adult were suspected of sexually assaulting a 17-year-old girl after a birthday party in Givat Zeev.

The three were arrested last week, and on Monday their detention was extended by four days. Only the name of the adult, 18-year-old Noam Yitzhak Menachem from the Geva Binyamin-Adam settlement, was allowed to be published. 

The Navy's military tribunal convicted last week Maj. Priel Kalimi, a 33-year-old resident of Migdal Haemek, of rape and sodomy of a civilian company worker at the base where he served.

He provided a DNA sample that matched the findings at the scene, claiming that the incidents took place with her consent.