A tunnel in Brooklyn synagogue – level 1

12-01-2024 07:00

Police in New York arrested a group of Jewish men. There is a problem with a secret tunnel under an old synagogue.

Students from the Chabad-Lubavitch group make the tunnel. They are extremists. The tunnel is illegal. It connects empty buildings to the synagogue. Police and supporters of the tunnel fight. The tunnel damages the synagogue. Authorities must close it. It is not safe to go inside.

An unknown person tells the police about the tunnel. The police still do not know why the students build the tunnel.

Difficult words: secret (something what other people do not know about), extremist (a person who has strong and unusual ideas about politics and religion), supporter (a person who likes an idea, person, team, and so on).

You can watch the original video in the Level 3 section.

What actions must be taken to address the illegal tunnel under the old synagogue in New York, and what potential effects could it cause to the safety of those involved?


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