Los Angeles, CA – In a somber gathering, approximately 150 people came together at the Museum of Tolerance in Los Angeles for a private screening titled "Bearing Witness to the October 7th Massacre." This screening showcased graphic footage of Hamas’ devastating attacks against Israel during the recent Israel-Hamas war. The event was aimed at garnering support for Israel during these trying times.
Gruesome Scenes Unveiled
The footage, compiled by the Israel Defense Forces, was primarily captured by Hamas militants through body cameras and cellphones. It unveiled horrifying scenes of violence inflicted upon Israeli men, women, and children. According to official Israeli reports, these attacks resulted in the tragic deaths of over 1,400 Israelis, with more than 240 taken hostage.
As the audience watched the video, which has also been screened for world leaders, ambassadors, diplomats, and journalists covering the Israel-Hamas war in various countries, the atmosphere was somber. Some viewers couldn’t hold back their emotions, weeping, gasping, and crying out during the most disturbing sequences.
Support for Israel in Hollywood
Historically, support for Israel has been strong in Hollywood. With the ongoing Middle East conflict creating divisions in the entertainment industry and worldwide, this screening was a concerted effort to reinforce this backing. Although no celebrities were reported to be in attendance, Israeli actress Gal Gadot, known for her involvement in organizing the event, had garnered attention.
A Protest at the Doorstep
Notably, the screening also drew around 50 protesters to the museum, situated at the intersection of Roxbury Drive and Pico Boulevard. The tense backdrop of the Israel-Hamas war spilled into the streets of Los Angeles as shouting matches erupted between pro-Israeli and pro-Palestinian groups, necessitating the presence of Los Angeles Police Department officers to maintain order.
Some of the demonstrators waved both U.S. and Israeli flags, while one woman used a bullhorn to chant, "Bring them home," in reference to the Israeli hostages. Others held signs that carried messages such as "Anti-Zionism ≠ Anti-Semitism" and "The
Hollywood’s Stand: L.A.’s Private Screening of October 7th Attacks
Is Hamas in Israel?
Hamas’ influence is predominantly concentrated in the Gaza Strip and certain areas of the West Bank. The organization maintains a military wing, known as the Izz al-Din al-Qassam Brigades, which has been responsible for numerous anti-Israel attacks conducted in both Israel and the Palestinian territories since the 1990s.
- Geographic Focus: Hamas operates primarily in the Gaza Strip and specific regions within the West Bank.
- Military Wing: The Izz al-Din al-Qassam Brigades, a military arm of Hamas, has been involved in anti-Israel attacks.
- Timeline: These activities date back to the 1990s, marking a long-standing conflict.
Why is Hamas attacking Israel now?
Hamas claims its recent attacks stem from long-standing grievances against Israeli policies. These include:
- Al-Aqsa Mosque Unrest: Recent violence at the Al-Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem contributed to Hamas’ motivation.
- Palestinian Treatment: Hamas cites broader concerns about the treatment of Palestinians.
- Israeli Settlements: The continued expansion of Israeli settlements in disputed territories is another key issue.
Hamas considers these factors as drivers for its attacks on Israel.
How big is Hamas army?
The military wing of Hamas, known as the Izz ad-Din al-Qassam Brigades, has an estimated size of approximately 15,000 to 40,000 members. They are affiliated with Hamas and have certain allies and opponents:
- Part of: Hamas
- Allies: Iran IRGC Quds Force, Hezbollah, North Korea
- Opponents: Israel, Salafists in the Gaza Strip
Who funds Hamas?
Hamas receives substantial funding from Iran, and it also maintains a global portfolio of investments that generates significant revenue. Its assets, estimated to be worth hundreds of millions of dollars, include companies operating in various countries, such as Sudan, Algeria, Turkey, the United Arab Emirates, and others.
How many Israelis killed by Hamas?
In the October 7 incursion that sparked the war, Hamas was responsible for the deaths of about 1,400 people in Israel, primarily civilians.
Do Palestinians support Hamas?
In a survey asking which party, Fatah or Hamas, "is most deserving of representing the Palestinian people," Palestinian sentiment reveals disillusionment with both options. The results show that 43 percent of respondents preferred neither, while 31 percent expressed support for Hamas, and 21 percent favored Fatah.