Mea culpa from Israel, investigation into Emile’s death and sexual violence

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From Washington to the UN via Paris, the indignation of many leaders is strong after the death, Monday in Gaza, in an Israeli army strike of seven humanitarian workers from the American NGO World Central Kitchen. The Israeli army admitted this Wednesday to having made “a serious error”. Israeli head of state Isaac Herzog expressed “his deep sadness and sincere apologies” on Tuesday evening. Earlier in the day, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu recognized an “unintentional” strike and a “tragic” event.

Involuntary homicide, murder or accident: the mystery remains unsolved in Haut-Vernet. Three days after the discovery by a hiker of the skull of little Emile, missing since July 8 in this village in the Alpes-de-Haute-Provence, prosecutor Jean-Luc Blachon explained on Tuesday that “all hypotheses remain open”. The first analyzes carried out by the Criminal Research Institute of the National Gendarmerie (IRCGN) on the skull, however, made it possible to establish that it had not been buried and had been exposed to the elements. But it is not possible at this time to determine the causes of Emile Soleil’s death. The investigation therefore continues, notably with the discovery on Monday of the child’s personal effects: his pants, his shoes and his t-shirt.

Victims of sexual and domestic violence are talking about it more and more but this has very few consequences. Between 2012 and 2021, this violence represented around one million cases, or 4% of all criminal cases completed over the period, according to a study published Wednesday by the Institute of Public Policy (IPP). Harassment incidents in particular are increasingly reported, even if they only represent 4% of cases (a third concerns sexual violence, 62% of which are sexual assaults, especially against minors).

But as with most criminal offenses, the rate of dismissal of complaints by the prosecution is considerable between 2012 and 2021: 86% for sexual violence, 72% for domestic violence. This classification decision concerns in particular more than one in two rape cases received by the public prosecutor’s office.

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