That morning, I had attended a screening for the media in Seattle of the October 7th massacre footage that was taken by Hamas. The terrorists live streamed and recorded the atrocities they committed against human beings, and it didn't matter if they were Jewish, it didn't matter who they were, it was that they were in Israel, because some of them weren't even Israeli.
There are a few moments from that 47 minutes of footage that was taken from closed circuit TV cameras, from the Hamas body cameras that they were wearing, from the clips they put on the internet.
If you've been following the situation in Israel on social media, you've probably seen about a third of the footage already.
Some of the worst stuff you haven't seen yet.
Towards the beginning of the footage, there's a dad and his boys. Kids, probably 13, 10 years old.
They're all in their underwear, probably because they don't have air conditioning, and it's hot, and that's what they were sleeping in, and they got woken up by this attack because it happened first thing in the morning.
As the father is trying to hide his boys, he hears the terrorists come into the house and he quickly grabs his boys and rushes them outside. I think what he rushes them out into is a Sukkah because it was the last day of the holiday of Sukkot in Israel, where Jews dwell in portable huts for 8 days.
He rushed the boys into the structure and they disappeared from view. You just see the doorway to the structure and you see a Hamas terrorist throw in a grenade after them.
You see the explosion and then you see the father's body fall to the ground in the doorway.
I assume he used himself as a human shield because, a few seconds later, you see the boys come out. And they're bloody but they're alive. The father is clearly dead and the children are freaking out. These two kids just watched their father murdered by terrorists.
One of them is crying over and over, “Why am I alive? Why am I alive?”
He looks at his brother and he realizes his brother's missing an eye. You see the blackness over the eye and he asks “Can you see out of that eye?"
"No, I can't see out of that eye.”
A terrorist walks into the room and heads for the refrigerator, looks for something to drink, grabs a Coke, and just starts chugging out of the bottle with these kids breaking down in front of him.