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Five Wounded In Stabbing At New York Rabbi’s House

 

An intruder stabbed and wounded 5 folks at a rabbi’s home in upstate New York throughout a celebration to rejoice the Jewish competition of Hanukkah late Saturday, officers stated.

The victims, all Hasidic members of the Jewish religion, had been transported to native hospitals — two in a important situation — the Orthodox Jewish Public Affairs Council (OJPAC) tweeted after receiving a name at 9.50 pm.

The suspect has been taken into custody, native Ramapo Police stated in a press release on Facebook.

Governor of New York, Andrew Cuomo, stated in a press release that he was “horrified” by the “despicable and cowardly act”, and had directed the State Police hate crimes activity drive to analyze.

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“We have a zero-tolerance for anti-Semitism in NY and we will hold the attacker accountable to the fullest extent of the law,” he tweeted.

CBS New York reported {that a} man brandishing a machete went into the rabbi’s property in Monsey, New York State, an space with a big Jewish inhabitants, and knifed no less than three folks earlier than fleeing.

“I was praying for my life,” witness Aron Kohn, 65, instructed the New York Times, describing the knife utilized by the attacker as “the size of a broomstick”.

Yossi Gestetner, a co-founder of the OJPAC for the Hudson Valley area, instructed the New York Times one of many victims was a son of the rabbi.

“The house had many dozens of people in there,” Gestetner stated. “It was a Hanukkah celebration.”

In Israel, President Reuven (Ruvi) Rivlin expressed his “shock and outrage” relating to the assault.

“The rise of anti-Semitism is not just a Jewish problem, and certainly not just the State of Israel’s problem,” he stated in a press release.

“We must work together to confront this evil, which is raising its head again and is a genuine threat around the world.”

Police within the US have been battling a rash of assaults towards Jewish targets in recent times.

Six folks, together with two suspects, had been killed in a Jersey City capturing at a kosher deli earlier this month, which authorities stated was fueled partly by anti-Semitism.

After Saturday’s assault, Mayor Bill de Blasio tweeted that he has spoken to longtime Jewish mates who’re petrified of outwardly exhibiting their religion.

“We will NOT allow this to become the new normal,” he wrote. “We’ll use every tool we have to stop these attacks once and for all.”

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