Israel releases bodycam footage of harrowing Hamas attacks in bid to counter conspiracy theories

Israel has released bodycam footage of a Hamas militant gunning down Israeli civilians as the country seeks to push back against “conspiracy theories” spread online.

The militant group killed more than 1,400 Israelis, including the indiscriminate murder, kidnap and torture of civilians – provoking Israel’s air strikes in Gaza, which have claimed more than 4,000 lives.

Only one minute of the footage, which i has not used, has so far been released publicly, with footage from a recovered bodycam and a car dashcam showing Hamas firing on a civilian car with AK-47s.

The Israel Defence Force (IDF) said that the remainder of the footage will only be released once the families of those killed view it and give their permission.

The full 45-minute compilation, not seen or verified by i, is reported to include recordings of civilians being shot, stabbed, beheaded, tortured and burned. The clips are understood to be comprised largely of material recorded on Hamas bodycams and smartphones, as well as dashcam and smartphone footage of civilians and victims.

Mr Levy said: “Since the October 7 massacre, the IDF has been collecting footage from bodycams taken by the Hamas death squads as they rampaged through southern Israel, butchering everyone in sight.

“Unfortunately, and I can’t believe I’m saying this, we as a country are having to do this [because] as we work to defeat the terror organisation that brutalised our people, we are witnessing a Holocaust denial-like phenomenon evolving in real-time as people are casting doubt on the magnitude of the atrocities that Hamas committed against our people and in fact recorded in order to glorify that violence.”

Melissa Weiss, executive editor of Jewish Insider, said that the viewing was “punctuated by gasps and sobs from grown adults”, and that she has “never had an experience like that”.

A still from the footage released by the IDF

Carrie Keller-Lynn of the Times of Israel, who attended the briefing, told GB News: “It had photos that were taken from [Hamas] as well as victims’ cell phones, and basically depicted over and over again, murders, unedited, committed in real-time, on the screen – attempted decapitations, smouldering bodies that the flames had to be put out by first responders with water bottles.

“It’s almost banal, and that’s what’s so horrifying about them. It’s people going about their days and being stalked by someone who looks like they’re wearing an IDF uniform and then it turns out that’s a Hamas terrorist, who kills them within five seconds.”

Israel also released what it claimed were instruction manuals given to Hamas fighters, detailing plans to attack a kibbutz, capture Israeli hostages.

“Kill anyone that may pose a threat or cause a distraction or disturbance,” the instructions said, and “gather some of the hostages in the area and use them as cannon fodder”.

Last week, the IDF released footage they said came from a Hamas bodycam, appearing to show militants firing into houses and at a parked ambulance, and cutting through mesh windows to break into homes.

Israel has relied heavily on video and audio clips in a battle to sway public opinion. This has sometimes been controversial, with the nation’s official account on X (formerly Twitter) removing a video last week that purported to show a failed militant rocket strike causing a deadly blast at Al-Ahli Arab hospital after it emerged it was of another incident.

Though international analysts agree that militant groups in Gaza were in fact the likely cause of the hospital blast, the credibility of an IDF-released audio clip purporting to show Hamas operatives discussing the incident was also called into question.