Official screenings of 47 minutes of footage showing graphic atrocities committed during Hamas’ Oct. 7 attack on Israel are being held in Los Angeles and New York this week. The footage is being shared by the Israel Defense Forces, the national military of Israel.
Invitees include select members of the press and the film industry. The screening has been labeled, “Bearing Witness to the October 7th Massacre.”
The footage is known to be violent, including video of murder, beheadings and rapes of Jewish people, according to media reports. Much of it was filmed by Hamas terrorists during their attack on Israel. The American Jewish Committee and the Anti-Defamation League are helping to organize the screenings.
The footage was first shown to a small group of international journalists outside Israel on Oct. 27. At that time, the country had no intention of releasing the footage publicly out of respect for the victims and their families.
For Israeli leaders, the primary motivation to share the footage is to respond to international criticism of its military’s actions in the Gaza Strip since Oct. 7. The 140.9 square mile region is currently experiencing a massive humanitarian crisis that has drawn condemnation from world leaders and citizens alike.