At least five people were stabbed in an attack on a New York rabbi’s home on Saturday night, in an attack that was intended to target members of the Jewish community.
All five victims were taken to area hospitals to receive medical treatment. It seems as of Sunday night that they will survive the injuries they suffered.
Local authorities state that a suspected attacker entered the rabbi’s home, in Monsey, New York, a suburb of New York City in Rockland county, with a knife on Saturday night. The attack occurred on the seventh day of the Jewish holiday of Hanukkah.
An area man who was present in the rabbi’s home recounted that he was praying for his life during the attack. He recounted the suspect withdrawing a large knife, attacking those present in the house as soon as he got in the front door.
A suspect was arrested by police in Harlem, New York City, shortly after the attack. He had apparently escaped from the scene with the aid of a waiting getaway car. Reports indicate the suspect is an African-American male who utilized a machete in the vicious attack.
Video from the scene revealed a heavy police presence.
Video from the scene of the stabbings at a synagogue in Monsey where Chassidim were gathered for a Hanukkah celebration. pic.twitter.com/wQhWp9SrdA
— Motti Seligson (@mottiseligson) December 29, 2019
The attack took place at the home of Rabbi Chaim Leib Rottenberg of the orthodox Hasidic sect.
New York Attorney General Letitia James released a statement on Twitter condemning anti-Semitic hate and the attack.
Some Jews in the New York metro area have spoken with concern of anti-Semitic sentiment and violent acts in recent months and weeks. A similar attack took place at a Jersey City Jewish grocery store earlier this month. Individuals associated with the Black Hebrew Israelites, a fringe black nationalist organization, targeted Jewish customers of the business. The anti-Semitic terrorists killed five people in that attack.
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