to connectVideoNew York-machete stab at Hanukkah event at the rabbi’s home, resulting in 5 people injured-reports
The attack happened in Monsey, New York, and, by a machete-wielding suspect, who rode away; Jacqui Heinrich of the reports.
Five people were stabbed at a teacher’s home in New York city during a Chanukah celebration on Saturday night, but that didn’t stop the faithful from continuing to offer their prayers at a synagogue adjacent to the front door.
Soon after the attack, in the suburb of Monsey, is located just 35 miles north of New York City in Rockland County Rabbi Chaim Rottenberg and his followers can be found at the adjacent to the synagogue, the rabbi, lead, and sing together, and pray.
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The Orthodox Jewish Public Affairs Council of the Hudson Valley tweeted a video of Rottenberg and his followers continued to celebrate the seventh night of Hannukah. “By the grace of God, not the end, and his mercy does not abandon us,” they sang, according to an English translation of the song posted online.
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Earlier in the night, at around 10 a.m., a suspect stabbed and injured five Hasidic Jews, including one who remained in critical condition with wounds to the head” on Sunday, according to the New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo — the flying car. Officials initially said the stabbing took place in the synagogue, but it was later clarified that the attack took place in the house that public records show belongs to Rottenberg.
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The unidentified suspect, who was later arrested in the Harlem area of Manhattan by the NYPD, “began the onslaught on people’s right, as soon as he came in the door,” a witness told The New York Times.
“I was praying for my life,” Aaron Kohn, 65, said. “We didn’t have time to respond to all of them.”
A motive for the attack was not immediately clear, but the incident has continued to move forward, in a town not far from the New Jersey state line, a state that recently saw a targeted mass shooting at a kosher market, one of many in the Hudson Valley, which has seen an influx of Hasidic Jews, in the last couple of years.
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Gov. Cuomo described the attack as an “act of terrorism” during a press conference on Sunday morning, and went on to say that he is the ruler of the State of New York Police department hate crimes task force to investigate.
“Let me get this straight: anti-semitism and bigotry of any kind is incompatible with our values of inclusion and diversity, and we have absolutely zero tolerance for such acts of hatred,” the governor said in an earlier statement. In New York, and we will always stand up and say with one voice, to anyone who wishes to share and spread the fear: you do not have to represent New York city, and that your actions will not go unpunished.”
Five Hasidic Jews were put in a rabbi’s home in Monsey, new york, new york on Saturday night, as people of faith, to be celebrated on the seventh night of Hannukah.
(AP Photo/Allyse Pulliam)
Last month, a man was stabbed while walking to a synagogue in Monsey. His injury required surgery, and it is unclear whether or not there is an offender, has been arrested in the attack.
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In New York City, together with the authorities, and have received at least six reports of eight since Dec. 13 — of-service attacks may be motivated by anti-Jewish prejudice. Mayor Bill de Blasio said on Friday that the police presence would be increased in the Brooklyn neighborhoods that are home to a large Jewish population. He said: “following Saturday night’s attack, “We will NOT allow this to become the new normal.”
The Associated Press contributed to this report.