Attack on Jews: 5 Stabbed at a Rabbi’s Home during «Hanukkah» Celebration

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.

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.

 

The suspect

Police identified Grafton E Thomas as suspect. However,  he has pleaded not guilty to five counts of attempted murder and one count of burglary.

 

Source: Sky News

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