Israel presented unpublished images of the attack Hamas to urge the international community to “be aware” of the massacre that changed the history of the country and set an atrocious precedent. The timing was not coincidental. After a month and a half, the Israeli government finds itself at a diplomatic crossroads, as the total siege of the Gaza Strip progresses and international pressure grows over bombings against vital infrastructure.
The latest and bloodiest chapter of the conflict with Hamas forced the Israeli government to take other types of action on the matter. For the first time, Tel Aviv showed a compilation of shocking images, difficult to digest, of the brutal murder of 1,100 Israeli civilians that fateful October 7. The film was disseminated with the support of the victims’ families and through events promoted by embassies in the main cities of the world.
After New York and Santiago, the video touched Argentine soil for the only time. “The filming is very strong, raw, it is not easy to see“said the Israeli ambassador to Argentina, Eyal Sela, host of the hermetic meeting last Wednesday at the diplomatic headquarters in the center of Buenos Aires. The Israeli representative explained that the purpose of the initiative is “to show the dimension of the massacre”, without any type of editing.
“Words are unnecessary”
The Israeli embassy in Argentina was in charge of showing the filming of 43 minutes obtained from social networks, surveillance cameras, cell phones and bodycams of the attackers, victims and rescuers. “Which You will see it is a chilling portrait of the events of that fateful morning of October 7,” anticipated Colonel Amit Guy, Israel’s military attaché in Buenos Aires.
The images reflect the fate of 138 victimswhich represents just “a glimpse” of that day, in the hands of the attackerssome of them excited by the consumption of Captagon, a psychoactive drug. They show Innocent people murdered as if they were targets in a video game, thrown on the roads, beaten, burned, mutilated. To children who are orphaned.
The Israeli ambassador explained the reasons for the dissemination of the images. “This was done so that the international community would be aware of this, because later we heard that this did not happen, that (Hamas members) did not enter the houses, that there was an exchange of bullets with the Israelis,” Sela explained. “Words are unnecessary”he added preliminarily, and denounced the “incitement to hate” behind the actions of Hamas.
“I killed 10 Jews with my bare hands”: Israel presented videos of Hamas crimes
In one of the most moving shots, a Hamas member is seen chasing a man who, in his underwear, was running to hide with his children in the back of his house. Upon finding them, the The attacker took the children out of the room and threw a grenade. The outcome for the father was fatal..
The children were unharmed (at least physically) and were taken to the kitchen. While the murderer took a bottle from the refrigerator, the boys talked among themselves. ““Dad’s dead, it’s no joke.”said the oldest, worried because his brother was injured in one of his eyes. In a state of shock, the minor asked for his mother. “How come I’m alive?” he asked himself, without realizing the power of his words.
Suddenly the image cuts off. As reconstructed PROFILE, the children were able to escape. Although it is not known under what conditions, they saw their father’s body and were finally reunited with their mother. The last protagonist of this story later appeared on the scene, torn by the situation and restrained by Israeli agents.
In another high-impact image, one of the attackers is ecstatic after having murdered “an Israeli Jew.” In the debauchery, hits him in the neck with a garden tool, in a failed attempt to decapitate him. In the previous shot, a dog burst onto the scene, and was also shot.
One person left the auditorium.
A feeling of confusion accompanied the images. Those present in the auditorium settled in their chairs, trying to read the English subtitles. “Allah is great”, the attackers repeated, every time they committed an atrocity. They were convinced of their mission. “How’s the morale?” asked one who looked like a commander. “High,” others responded. Another of the audios that resonated was the one in which a young man boasts on the phone to his mother about “having killed ten Jews.”
“Be careful, don’t shoot,” said one to another who was loading wounded people into a 4×4 who were later part of the hostage count and taken to the interior of the Strip, where they were received by a cheering crowd.
The attackers in 4x4s attacked vehicles on the routes near the Gaza Strip. They shot at those who wanted to escape, or those who went to the kibbutzim to help after the attack became known.
The labored breathing merged with the desperate screams of the attendees of the Supernova music festival who fled at the sound of machine guns. “Someone who gives a sign of life”, asked one of the rescuers who went to the scene after the massacre at the electronic music festival. Adding to the plea was the death count in one of the bars, of the charred bodies inside the cars.
Behind the scenes of the Israeli Embassy event
“Everyone who does not condemn this rewards Hamas”said Ambassador Sela.
The event was attended by representatives from across the political spectrum, the Jewish community and the media, including PROFILE, who had to leave their cell phones at the entrance to avoid leaks. In exchange, they were given a booklet with the image of one of the hostages. Throughout the video, some horrified attendees left the auditorium, heavily guarded by personnel from the Buenos Aires and Federal Police.
It occurred two weeks after the Argentine Foreign Ministry condemned the Israeli bombing of the Jabalia refugee camp, in northern Gaza, which caused dozens of deaths and injuries and a wave of protests worldwide. The same one that until now had limited itself to condemning the terrorist attacks by Hamas and validating Israel’s right to defend itself.
“I have good contacts with the Argentine Foreign Ministry and (the request for answers) I channel it directly to them,” Sela clarified when asked about the ambivalent position of the national government.
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From dehumanization to horror
Unlike previous occasions, Israel decided to show images of the Hamas attack on October 7. It is a symbolic action to take dimensions of what the massacre was, one more example of the ability to depersonalize a group, something that has no ideological, historical, party or religious flags.
It also seems to seek to counter international pressure on Israel’s devastating military response in Gaza to free the more than 230 hostages and destroy Hamas, the group that has de facto governed the Palestinian enclave since 2006 and which has in its founding charter the “destruction of Israel.” A hybrid military campaign that has already left 11,000 Palestinian civilians killed, of which more than 4,500 are childrenaccording to the local Ministry of Health, and which divided world public opinion due to the humanitarian crisis.
What remains of the projected images of the Hamas attack is horror. And behind this, the dehumanization of people reduced to objects or animals in the best of cases, military objectives, as if it were a video game. Images that emulate the darkest times in modern history and that Hamas wanted the world to see.
The Israelis brutally murdered by Hamas were later joined by Palestinian civilians who were unable to escape from Gaza, who had nowhere to go, or who decided not to leave (such as the doctors at Al Shifa Hospital). Those who died in agony in fires that followed the bombings or crushed by debris, in the midst of the total siege of the Israeli army, the lack of communications, fuel and medical supplies. ““Horror does not justify horror.”said the chancellor of the European Union, Josep Borrellon his recent visit to the Middle East, in reference to the siege of Gaza, on the date that coincided with the dissemination of the video.
The macabre scenario that followed October 7 was marked by the total loss of the value of human life, savagely murdered, reduced to ashes and condemned to oblivion. And to a new war of a conflict that has been escalating for months and that is far from a solution. Even if Israel fulfills its mission (destroy Hamas), without providing a vision of the future that includes coexistence with a Palestinian State, but with the idea of installing a military base in the Gaza Strip. Despite the fact that world leaders, including the American Joe Biden, advise against it.