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US Congress plans to screen footage of Hamas atrocities during Oct. 7 massacre

Bodycam footage from Hamas terrorists on Oct. 7, released by the IDF (Photo: Screenshot)

The U.S. House Foreign Affairs Committee has greenlighted requests from many lawmakers to screen raw footage of the Hamas massacre of Israeli civilians on Oct. 7.

The IDF Spokesperson’s Unit collected the footage to document the Hamas atrocities as part of an effort to reveal the horrific and brutal attack against the Jewish state.

Dozens of Democrat and Republican lawmakers are expected to attend the unique screening event on Tuesday, which was arranged in cooperation with the U.S. government and the Israeli Embassy in Washington.

Tennessee’s Democratic Rep. Steve Cohen is among the lawmakers who will attend a post-screening briefing of the Oct. 7 assault with senior officials from the Biden administration. The briefing is expected to contextualize the conflict and discuss Israeli policy and the Biden administration’s position and priorities regarding the ongoing war with Hamas.

"The briefing is no less important," Cohen stated. "There's much we still don't know about Israel's goals and how cautious they are being in trying to avoid civilian casualties," he added.

While the ongoing Israel-Hamas war in Gaza has triggered an avalanche of antisemitic incidents in the United States and worldwide, it has also strengthened Jewish identification and solidarity with the State of Israel from around the world.

An event called "March for Israel" on Tuesday will see tens of thousands of pro-Israel Jewish American supporters from the political spectrum in attendance.

The event was organized in cooperation between the Jewish Federations of North America (JFNA) and the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations, two large mainstream groups. However, the event has since succeeded in bringing onboard the leftwing organization Americans for Peace Now and the rightwing Zionist Organization of America (ZOA), two groups that represent opposite ends of the political spectrum.

Israel’s decision to release the now infamous 43-minute video of bodycam footage from the Hamas massacre may be linked to the growing Holocaust denial-like phenomenon, where many individuals around the world deny the Hamas atrocities took place or were as severe as reported.

Israel's Government Press Office (GPO) has processed a record 2,500 international journalists since the Oct. 7 massacre, representing two times the number of international journalists who covered the Operation Protective Edge war between Israel and Hamas in 2014.

In late October, GPO Director Nitzan Chen said international media outlets have received detailed and transparent information about Hamas' crimes against humanity committed against Israeli men, women and children.

"From the moment they are processed until they leave, the GPO provides journalists with all of the horrors, the testimony, the pictures and the voices, all in order to prove the absolute justice of Israel in this war on the world's media platforms," Chen said.

Israeli government spokesman, Eylon Levy, has stressed the importance of confronting and refuting Hamas-controlled propaganda seeking to whitewash the Hamas massacre.  

“As we work to defeat the terror organization, we are witnessing a Holocaust denial-like phenomenon evolving in real-time as people are casting doubt on the magnitude of the atrocities Hamas committed against our people and, in fact, recorded in order to glorify this violence,” Levy warned.

One of the most absurd anti-Israel conspiracy theories circulating claims that IDF soldiers killed their own Israeli civilians on Oct. 7, a failed attempt to rehabilitate Hamas' image abroad.

The All Israel News Staff is a team of journalists in Israel.

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