Around 150 lawmakers from both sides of the political aisle attended a screening on Tuesday of footage from the heinous Hamas terror attacks perpetrated in Israel last month, according to the Washington Post.
Democratic Rep. Steny Hoyer of Maryland said in a statement that the footage “will forever haunt” him. “Every Member present was either in tears or sat stunned,” he noted. “The sheer carnage of the scenes I saw called to mind the darkest moments of the Holocaust, the pogroms, and thousands of years of antisemitic violence.”
“In one clip, two little boys watch a Hamas fighter kill their father right before their eyes. In another, a terrorist stands over the bodies of dead Jews as he brags to his parents over the phone about how he killed ten Jews with his bare hands. We saw images of mutilated infants, defiled corpses, and families burned alive in their homes,” Hoyer recalled.
Democratic Rep. Jamie Raskin of Maryland described it as “utterly chilling,” according to the Post. “Hamas is a terrorist death cult, and it would clearly kill every person in Israel if it could. Nor does it show any interest in the rights of the Palestinian people.”
“It was the most horrific thing I have ever seen,” Rep. August Pfluger (R-Tx.) said in a tweet.
Israel went to war in the wake of the horrific Hamas attacks last month.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has claimed that the Jewish state is attempting to allow civilians to escape danger but that Hamas is blocking people from fleeing to safety.
“While Israel is doing everything to keep civilians out of harm’s way, Hamas is doing everything to keep them in harm’s way. Israel provides civilians in Gaza humanitarian corridors and safe zones, Hamas prevents them from leaving at gunpoint,” Netanyahu asserted.
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