Photos and videos posted on social media show a large emergency response to the attack on the Jewish community in New York.
The attacker stabbed five people in the basement of Hasidic Rabbi Chaim Rottenberg’s home in Monsey at around 10pm on Saturday, the seventh night of the Jewish festival of Hanukkah.
The state’s governor Andrew Cuomo called the incident an act of “domestic terrorism.”
“Let’s call it what it is. These people are domestic terrorists and the law should reflect that and they should be punished as if it was an act of terrorism,” Cuomo said on Sunday.
Speaking at the scene, about 35 miles (56km) north of New York City, he said: “It is intolerant, it is ignorant but it is also illegal. At the end of the day, it is not just about words but actions. It is violence spurred by hate. It is mass violence and I consider this an act of domestic terrorism.”
United States and Israel
Head leader of the United States Donald Trump talked about the incident through his Twitter account. He made a calling to fight against the acts of terrorism against the Jewish community.
“We must all come together to fight, confront, and eradicate the evil scourge of anti-Semitism,” he wrote on Twitter.
The anti-Semitic attack in Monsey, New York, on the 7th night of Hanukkah last night is horrific. We must all come together to fight, confront, and eradicate the evil scourge of anti-Semitism. Melania and I wish the victims a quick and full recovery.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) 29 de diciembre de 2019
In the same way, Prime Minister of Israel Benjamin Netanyahu pronounced condemning the antisemitism act of violence.
“Israel strongly condemns the recent displays of antisemitism including the vicious attack at the home of a rabbi in Monsey, New York, during Chanukah,” The Minister said.
Israel strongly condemns the recent displays of antisemitism including the vicious attack at the home of a rabbi in Monsey, New York, during Chanukah.
— Benjamin Netanyahu (@netanyahu) 29 de diciembre de 2019
Police identified Grafton E Thomas as suspect. However, he has pleaded not guilty to five counts of attempted murder and one count of burglary.
I am deeply disturbed by the situation unfolding in Monsey, New York tonight.
There is zero tolerance for acts of hate of any kind and we will continue to monitor this horrific situation.
I stand with the Jewish community tonight and every night.
— NY AG James (@NewYorkStateAG) 29 de diciembre de 2019
UPDATE: Rockland County detectives and Ramapo PD sent a team to pick up the suspect that has been arrested by the NYPD.
— OJPAC (Hudson Valley Divison) (@OJPACHV) 29 de diciembre de 2019
Source: Sky News