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Crown Heights Jews blindsided by Iran’s attack on Israel

Saturday’s Iranian missile attack on Israel left Jewish New Yorkers shocked and outraged, and many fear for their loved ones trapped in the siege. Jewish state.

“Of course I am concerned about my family and their well-being,” Chaim Goldstein told the Post as he left Chabad-Lubavitch World Headquarters in Crown Heights.

The Post broke news of the invasion to dozens of worshipers who were unaware of what had happened due to Sabbath restrictions.

Many worshipers who left Chabad-Lubavitch World Headquarters in Crown Heights did not yet know about Iran’s attack on Israel. Paul Martinka

When one man heard the news, he sprinted down the busy Eastern Parkway to check on his family in Israel.

As a precaution, police were stationed outside the synagogue.

“We just pray that Hashem will take care of the Jews and allow the hostages to return home,” Rabbi David Sholom Pap, 79, told the Post, calling the Iranian attack a “suicide mission.” expressed.

“This is obviously something that could involve the whole world. If they were stupid enough to do something like that, they would commit suicide. If you don’t, you’ll just become a straw man. Maybe it’s just for show.”

Despite knowing nothing about the escalation, some were not surprised to learn that Iran had deployed hundreds of suicide drones, ballistic missiles and rockets into the Jewish state in a late-night attack. Ta.

The strike by some 200 drones marked Iran’s first direct attack on Israel and came after the Jewish state killed a top Iranian general in an April 1 attack on Lebanon.

A man ran across the Eastern Parkway to check on his family in Israel. Paul Martinka

“I’m not surprised, but things are getting serious,” Samson, 26, said, noting that his entire family lives in Israel.

“We call them every day to check on them. We pray every day for our brothers and sisters in the Holy Land.”

Samson, who declined to give his last name, blamed Iranians in Tehran who were photographed celebrating the destruction.

“It’s terrible,” he said. “Celebrating genocide is horrifying.”

Samson, 26, of Brooklyn, said he was not surprised that Iran had escalated tensions with Israel. Paul Martinka

“We don’t dance when missiles are falling everywhere. War is horrible. War is cruel. We want war to stop. People who dance everywhere for missiles to drop are cruel. is.”

Moshe Frank, 38, agreed, claiming that Iranians are “brainwashed to hate Israel.”

“I don’t know what they’re celebrating,” the Brooklyn resident said. “I hope the situation does not escalate further.”

Goldstein, 18, moved to Crown Heights from Israel in September for school. This was exactly one month before Hamas launched the surprise attack that started the Middle East war on October 7th.


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With his mother’s family still living in Israel, Goldstein called for peace and an end to the conflict over the Jewish state.

“I think they also believe that missiles and war should stop,” he said of his family. “We must live together in peace, just as Arabs and Jews lived in peace,” he said.

Despite the destruction, Rabbi Shimi Weinbaum, 49, stressed that God will save the people of Israel, just as he did when Iraq launched a missile campaign against Israel in 1991. did.

“The same God that protected us then is still here. He’s not going anywhere and will protect us,” Weinbaum said.

In a midnight attack, Iran deployed hundreds of suicide drones, ballistic missiles and rockets into the Jewish state. × @Toxicity_______

The rabbi’s 18-year-old daughter happened to be traveling from Israel to Crown Heights to celebrate Passover with her father.

The move marks Iran’s first direct attack on Israel and comes after the Jewish state killed a top Iranian general in an April 1 attack on Lebanon.

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Weinbaum doesn’t seem afraid of her possible return, saying: “I feel like she’s more protected in Israel than she is here.”

Mayor Eric Adams said New York City “unequivocally supports the state of Israel” as it faces new attacks from Iran.

“As the mayor of the world’s largest Jewish population outside of Israel, I do not understand the significance of this attack for Jewish New Yorkers, many of whom now have family in Israel. Especially With less than 10 days left until Passover begins,” Hizzoner said in a statement.

“While there is no immediate or immediate threat to New York City at this time, out of an abundance of caution to ensure our community has the resources it needs, we would like to ask the New York City Police Department to assist the Jewish community and worship services throughout the city.” I have directed the Hall to deploy additional resources. I feel safe.”

Jewish leaders across New York condemned the attack on social media Saturday, including Sen. Chuck Schumer, who had called for an “immediate and permanent ceasefire” in the war between Hamas and Israel.

“As Israel faces Iranian attack, we stand with Israel and its people, and the United States will do everything we can to help Israel defend itself against Iran,” Schumer said. He said it in X.

Mark Trager, a former Democratic city councilman and Jewish executive in south Brooklyn, said the attack on the Jewish state was a “solemn reminder” of Israel’s suffering since the outbreak of war on October 7.

“Iran’s unelected dictatorship attacks Israeli civilians (Christians, Jews, Muslims) almost daily through its proxies, some of whom were complicit in the October 7 massacre through their support for Hamas. It also includes what you are doing.” he tweeted.

“Tonight, an authoritarian regime launched an unprecedented direct attack on an ally of the United States and the only democracy in the region. U.S. military support for our allies at this turning point in world history. I am very grateful to you.”

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