U.S. congressman was in Israel during Hamas' attack

October 9, 2023
Robert Ayers

A U.S. congressman was among the Americans who were in Israel when Hamas launched its attack on the country. 

The U.S. congressman, according to Fox News, is U.S. Rep. Dan Goldman (D-NY).

This is the same Democratic congressman who has recently been making news headlines for his dubious attempts to spin the House's investigation of the Biden family in President Joe Biden's favor.

But, unlike some of the more extreme members of his party, such as the so-called Squad, Goldman is not anti-Israel.

What happened?

When Hamas attacked Israel, Goldman, who is Jewish, was in Israel with his family - including his wife and three children - for a family Bar Mitzvah, which is the Jewish ceremony in which youngsters transition into adulthood.

This information was revealed on Sunday by Goldman's spokesman, Simone Kanter.

"Congressman Goldman, his wife, and three youngest children were in Israel for a family Bar Mitzvah when Hamas brutally attacked Israel on Shabbat and Simchat Torah, one of the holiest Jewish holidays," Kanter wrote.

He continued, "Congressman Goldman and his family sheltered from Hamas rocket fire in their hotel's interior stairwell until early Sunday morning, when they were able to safely depart for New York."

Kanter concluded, "Congressman Goldman is grateful for the assistance of the State Department and Israeli authorities, and he hopes all Americans can come together to support Israel's right to defend herself from terrorism and war crimes."

Goldman was not the only one

Goldman was not the only U.S. congressman in Israel during the attack. U.S. Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ) was also there and had to shelter in place.

Booker's spokeswoman Maya Krishna-Rogers revealed:

Senator Booker and accompanying staff were in Jerusalem when Hamas launched their attacks against Israel on Saturday, and sheltered in place for their safety. We are grateful that Senator Booker and our colleagues were able to safely depart Israel earlier today.

In addition to the two congressmen, there are also many non-congressional Americans in Israel, and some of these Americans have lost their lives in the attack. It is also claimed that others may have been taken hostage.

CBS News, on Sunday, reported, "Secretary of State Antony Blinken said Sunday morning that the U.S. was working to verify reports that Americans have been killed or taken hostage as Hamas militants launched a large-scale offensive against Israel."

On Monday, ABC News reported, "At least four American citizens were killed in the attacks in Israel over the weekend . . . That figure could rise in the coming days."

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