EDITOR’S NOTE.  I have been watching with amazement the developments in the heavily Hassidic neighborhood of Crown Heights in Brooklyn since last night, and I have to say that the damage this community has done to the Jewish-American image and the cause of Israel’s survival is beyond description.  The whole situation is probably beyond repair – even with the overwhelming control of the news media this community enjoys.  We have yet to see a clear explanation of what was going on and the real reason for the tunnels was – except that many were talking about “soiled mattresses,” and we saw a few relevant videos… 

We all expected that 2024 would be a very rough year, but let me tell you, this is beyond our wildest expectations…

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source – abcnews.com

9 arrested after secret tunnel found at Chabad headquarters in Brooklyn

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Tuesday, January 9, 2024 4:58PM

Anthony Carlo is in Brooklyn with the story.

Anthony Carlo is in Brooklyn with the story.
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CROWN HEIGHTS, Brooklyn (WABC) — Police say nine worshippers were arrested amid a dispute over a tunnel secretly dug into the side of a historic Brooklyn synagogue, setting off a brawl between police and those who tried to defend the makeshift passageway.

Authorities responded to the Chabad-Lubavitch World Headquarters at 770 Eastern Parkway in Crown Heights on Monday afternoon.

Motti Seligson, a spokesperson for Chabad, said a “group of extremist students” had secretly broken through the walls of a vacant building behind the headquarters, creating an underground passage beneath a row of office buildings and lecture halls that eventually connected to the synagogue.

The tunnel had been previously discovered. It is believed the vandals went rogue and tried to expand the synagogue.

When a cement truck was brought in to fill the tunnel, the men are accused of standing in the tunnel and refusing to leave and causing mayhem.

Video shot by witnesses showed police confronting young men standing within a hollowed out space inside a brick wall. After officers removed one of the men from the dusty crevasse, a group of onlookers can be seen shoving officers, tossing wooden desks and scattering prayer books. One officer appeared to deploy an irritating spray at the jeering group.

Hasidic Jewish students riot against New York Police officers who were called to inspect a secret tunnel dug under the synagogue by students, Monday, Jan. 8, 2024, in New York.
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It wasn’t immediately clear when the tunnel was constructed or what purpose it served.

The nine men, between 19 and 21 years old, were charged with criminal mischief and reckless endangerment. One was also charged with obstruction of governmental administration.

New York City Fire Department spokesperson Amanda Farinacci said the agency received an anonymous tip about the location last month. But when a fire prevention team responded on Dec. 20, the tunnel was not detected and they found all of the exits operable and up to code, Farinacci said.

Two violations were issued: failing to obtain a certificate of operation for the place of assembly and failing to provide access to inspect the sprinkler main shut off valve at the time of inspection.

The Lubavitch World Headquarters is temporarily closed pending a review of the structural integrity of the building.

Hasidic Jewish students sit behind a breach in the wall of a synagogue that led to a tunnel dug by the students, Monday, Jan. 8, 2024, in New York.
Bruce Schaff via AP

Lubavitch officials say they’ve attempted to gain proper control of the premises through the New York State court system – but they say that process has dragged on for years.

The following statement was released from Chabad-Lubavitch headquarters:

“The Chabad-Lubavitch community is pained by the vandalism of a group of young agitators who damaged the synagogue below Chabad Headquarters at 770 Eastern Parkway Monday night. These odious actions will be investigated, and the sanctity of the synagogue will be restored. Our thanks to the NYPD for their professionalism and sensitivity. We are grateful for the outpouring of concern, and for the support of our Chabad-Lubavitch institutions around the world.”

The headquarters was also the epicenter of the 1991 Crown Heights riots, which began after a 7-year-old boy was struck and killed by a car in the rabbi’s motorcade.

8 COMMENTS

  1. Nick I agree with you 95% of the time. On Ukraine, Greece, Turkey and Cyprus as well as the EU you are brilliant. This is not your best work and in my humble opinion detracts from the 95% of the time when you are brilliant. A bunch of Hassid kids, 19 to 21, made jackasses of themselves expanding a tunnel to meet up with some other underground facilities, also Jewish in origin. Stupid and dumb, as anyone with teenagers can understand. Not the same as terror tunnels from which you shoot rockets and onto which you drag women and children as hostages. You are a growing influence for good in our Greek-American community and present the other side. I respectfully suggest not diluting it by comparing this story to Hamas terror tunnels. Best for the New Year!

    • I am just repeating what has been a common observation about this story on the internet. Of course it’s a different type of tunnel and totally different situation. But just the idea of tunnel-building in Brooklyn sparked some instant commentary… We have not seen the end of this story. And this is not the first time the Hassidic community of Crown Heights was involved in some criminal act. I will never forget that about 30 years ago they operated a huge drug trafficking network between Israel and New York and many of their rabbis or leaders were arrested… I think the year was 1993 when the US Federal Courts dealt with this big story and if you search online you will find it. Then the story was shoved quickly to the background by the media. And the same will happen now. Only a few of us remember.

      • Was this it?

        ‘ The Rise and Fall of an Unlikely Drug-Smuggling Ring
        https://www.latimes.com/archives/la-xpm-2001-oct-19-cl-58951-story.html
        BY ALINA TUGEND
        OCT. 19, 2001 12 AM PT

        The offer was spread in quiet conversations among young Orthodox Jews from Brooklyn and Monsey, N.Y. They’d get $1,500 and a round-trip ticket to Europe if they were willing to carry back suitcases full of diamonds.

        About a dozen said yes.

        But it wasn’t diamonds they were smuggling. It was Ecstasy. And these Hasidic Jews–most of whom still prayed morning, noon and night, and some who wouldn’t travel carrying their contraband load on Saturday because it was the Sabbath–helped bring almost a million tablets of the illegal drug into the U.S. in less than a year. …

        Next month the ringleader, Sean Erez, an Israeli Canadian who had made his home in New York and Amsterdam, will be sentenced in the final chapter of this multi-country saga, which involved both sophisticated drug-smuggling operations and bungling worthy of Hollywood farce.

        It began almost exactly three years ago, in October 1998, when Erez, a 31-year-old convicted drug felon, moved to Amsterdam to set up an Ecstasy distribution network.

        Why Amsterdam? Because, as a senior Dutch official has said, “Holland is to synthetic drugs what Colombia is to cocaine.” …

        In the year before he set up shop, the period from October 1997 to October 1998, drug authorities at New York’s John F. Kennedy Airport seized about 375,000 Ecstasy pills. From October 1998 to July 1999–at the height of Erez’s operation–more than 1 million pills were found, which at retail could bring in as much as $25 million. …

        U.S. District Court Judge I. Leo Glaser, who has sentenced many of those involved in the case, has continually sounded pained and bewildered by the actions of the young people standing before him. …

        In his sentencings, Glaser has lambasted the Hasidic community for its apparent inability to watch over its young people–for failing to notice that its own children, some of whom had scarcely ever left New York before, were running drugs around Europe. … ‘

    • Michael,

      Seems like you’re trying to put a favorable spin on the news coverage of a controversial subject. I seriously doubt that as you claim, “A bunch of Hassid kids, 19 to 21” masterminded a project of this size. Do you have any idea the resources and experience required to “safely build” a 50 ft tunnel, and how long it takes to complete?

      At the very least you need a team of civil engineers, construction crews, experienced contractors with seismic training etc.
      https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tunnel_construction

      It’s not a project a bunch of mischievous teenagers could accomplish. The question I got to ask Michael; is why you would downplay something like this?

  2. Sandy it is a serious situation and created a public safety risk. Those responsible should be punished.

    It is however nothing like a Hamas terror tunnel. No rape, murder, mayhem or mass terror seems connected with this tunnel.

    So my question in reply to Sandy is why do you have difficulty in distinguishing between this situation and bloody Hamas. Are you a Hamas supporter?

    • Hey Michael …Are you a supporter of Zionism and the Zionist Regimes of America, Ukraine , and Israel, who currently are facing War crimes , Crimes against humanity , Crimes Against Peace , Act of Terrorism and Genocide , ethnic and religious cleansing of Russian Speaking Orthodox Christians of the Ukraine, not to mention the illegal attacks on Yemen for doing what the U.S has been doing for decades with Economic Sanctions on the Countries of the world like Syria , Yemen, libya, Iraq and over 1/3rd the population of the world to target civilians population of the world to starve them to death to extort the removal of the leaders of Syria, Russia, Iraq, Iran , Cuba , Venezuela etc etc which are called by the UN high Commission on Human rights …Crimes against humanity! And of course this must be very painful for you , the U.N . general Assembly has passed double the number of resolution condemning Israel for violating the human rights and freedoms of the Hamas run Gaza open air Prison than than all the countries of the world combined since 2015! What do you not understand …is that the most Notorious crime family in America was the Jewish “Murderers Inc” crime family led by Meyer lansky and Bugsy Segal who regularly built tunnels to operate their illegal arms traffickng and Alcohol distributiion business to their illegal Speak Easy bars during prohibition in the early 40″s . Who do you think Zionist Biden, Blinken, Garland, Yellen, Soros, Nadler, Shiff, Shummer , Majoras etc etc now operate … you got it the U.S government!
      Hey Michael , I suppose Sandi and I are Anti-Semetic too! I, the UN and countries of the world consider Hams to be Freedom fighters , and not Terrorist! You should find out …that Zionist Joe Biden …Vetoed all the UN resolutions demanding an end to act fo terrorism and human rights violation by the Israeli government ! Hillarios what is the difference between using tunnels to commit act of terrorism or dropping bombs on civilian population of Palestine from airplanes hundreds of miles away!

  3. Who here thinks the tunnel was dug as a hobby?

    Hobby tunneling is tunnel construction as a pastime.[1][2] Usually, hobby tunnelers dig their tunnels by hand, using little equipment, and some can spend years or even decades to achieve any degree of completion.[2] In some cases tunnels have been dug secretly, and only discovered by chance.
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hobby_tunneling

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