American Survivor Of Hamas Attack Tells Her Story

Natalie Sanandaji, 28, survived the Hamas’ attack on October 7 while she was attending an outdoor festival in southern Israel. She now feels it’s after for her in Israel than it is in the United States of America after seeing all of the protests break out.

“A lot of people have asked if I’m scared to go back to Israel after everything that’s happened, and my honest answer is … now more than ever, I want to move to Israel,” Natalie Sanandaji told the New York Post. “Even with everything going on, I feel safer there than I do in the U.S. right now.”

“There’s people in Europe drawing Jewish stars on people’s doors if they know it’s a Jewish home,” she said. “A lot of what is happening right now are things that happened right before the Holocaust.”

Sanandaji, is part Iranian and part Israeli and said that she is starting to see some of her friends hide their faith because they are afraid.

“Whatever your stance on Palestine vs Israel is your stance — and all the power to you — but what people have to understand is that’s not what this fight [is about] right now, this fight is Israel vs. Hamas, a terrorist organization that is just as complicit in the deaths of innocent Palestinians as they are in deaths of innocent Israelis,” she said.

On October 7, Hamas launched a very sophisticated attack along the Israeli-Gaza border. Over 1,400 Israelis were killed, including at least 30 Americans.
Sanandaji was sleeping when the attack started and fled with her friends. An Israeli man rescued her group from another town that was driving into the attack area and driving anyone he could find to safety in a nearby town.
The American 28 year old was able to get a hold of her Uncle who came and brought her group home. A friend gave her a ticket to Greece and was eventually able to get a direct flight to New York.

“Even though I’m here and I’m no longer in the line of fire, the truth is, I do still feel nervous.”


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