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Bombing Gaza Isn't Fighting Sexual Violence / Heidi Matthews & Tanya Serisier

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We pay attention more to sexual violence that happens in a very kind of spectacular way, like October the 7th. But one of the things that we don't pay a lot of attention to is that in situations of ongoing occupation, siege, like we see in Gaza, sexual violence is actually endemic. It's part of people's day to day lives, particularly women. If you talk to Palestinians, they talk about sexual violence at checkpoints. They talk about sexual violence in Israeli detention. And this happened before October the 7th.

Joining us today in Hell are Heidi Matthews and Tanya Serisier, who co-wrote the CounterPunch article, "Bombing Gaza Isn’t Fighting Sexual Violence." A Moment of Truth with Jeff Dorchen follows the interview.

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Heidi Matthews

Heidi Matthews is an Assistant Professor at Osgoode Hall Law School at York University in Toronto. She researches and teaches in the areas of international law, criminal law, and law and sexuality. She is currently leading an interdisciplinary research project studying colonial genocide.



Tanya Serisier

Tanya Serisier is a Reader in Feminist Theory at the School of Social Sciences, Birkbeck College, University of London. She writes and publishes on the cultural politics of sexuality and sexual violence. She is the author of Speaking Out: Feminism, Rape and Narrative Politics.