by Susan Katz Keating
Desecration. Mutilation. Extreme torture. The Hamas terrorists who attacked Israelis on October 7 recorded their own depravity, and exulted in it, according to videos the Israel Defense Forces shared with Soldier of Fortune.
“They were all very proud of what they were doing,” IDF spokesman LTC. Peter Lerner said in a Monday briefing conducted from Israel over Zoom. “We know they were proud because they all had body cams on them.”
Soldier of Fortune has chosen only to view the images, and not to share them in public. To do so would be disrespectful toward the victims and their families.
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In a gruesome video that spans nearly two minutes of horror, the terrorists defile the living and the dead; soldiers and civilians; men and women.
In one segment, a terrorist screams at a man who lies on the ground while bleeding profusely. Rather than help the man, or simply leave him to bleed to death in peace, the terrorist grabs a shovel, holds it aloft for momentum, swings down hard, and hacks at the man’s head as if chopping a fallen tree. Egged on by his companions, the terrorist repeatedly screams, “Allahu Akbar,” usually translated as, “God is most great.”
In another video segment, a young woman is violently dragged while mostly undressed and clearly weak. Others in the room cry out in wretched screams of pain and horror. The segment become a blur of terrified faces, truncated body parts, and blood.
The IDF has examined the images closely.
“So they’re filming extensively everything they’re doing so there are lots of faces exposed,” Lerner said. “Which means we have lots more, a lot more targets to take out.
“These terrorists will pay and pay dearly, and the organization will also pay.”
The Hamas organization did not respond to repeated emails from Soldier of Fortune.
The terrorists launched the major attack early on October 7 at around 6:30 local time.
“Israelis across the country—on Shabbat and the holiday of Simchat Torah—woke up to sirens sounding and Hamas firing rockets at them from Gaza this morning,” the Israel Defense Forces said in a statement. “We will defend ourselves.”
Hamas must be banished from Earth, Lerner said.
“We intend to do the banishing.”
Susan Katz Keating is the publisher and editor in chief of Soldier of Fortune.