"Over and over we are witnesses to the bad consequences of anti-Semitism, this time in Monsey, New York".
An intruder stabbed and wounded five people at a rabbi's house in a NY suburb late Saturday, in an incident the state governor said was "an act of terrorism" after a spate of attacks on Jewish targets.
The Saturday night stabbings north of New York City on the seventh night of Hanukkah come on the heels of a string of attacks targeting Jews in the region, including a massacre at a kosher grocery store in New Jersey earlier this month.
No official details were released about the victims, who were rushed to nearby hospitals. At the time of this reporting, the suspected attacker was still at large.
"This is an act of terrorism". New York Governor Andrew Cuomo spoke to these fears in a statement early Sunday.
"They're motivated by hate".
"We can not remain silent as we see a consistent pattern of attacks on people based on their faith and who they are", Sharpton said.
Weidel said a witness saw the suspect fleeing in a auto and alerted police to the license plate number.
The attacker then attempted to enter the adjacent synagogue, but was locked out by those who barricaded themselves inside.
"I grabbed a small coffee table that was by the door", Gluck said, according to video posted on the Voz Is Neias? website. "He injured a guy, he was bleeding in his hand, all over". "The perp's face was partially covered with a scarf but skin showed him to be an African American", the Orthodox Jewish Public Affairs Council tweeted.
Kim Thomas, centre, mother of Grafton Thomas, the man accused of stabbing multiple people at a Hanukkah celebration, is comforted by Rev. Wendy Paige at a news conference in New City, N.Y., on Monday.
(Stephanie Keith/Getty Images) PHOTO: People hold signs of support near the house of Rabbi Chaim Rottenberg on December 29, 2019, in Monsey, N.Y. Five people were injured in a knife attack during a Hanukkah party and a suspect, identified as Grafton E. Thomas, was later arrested in Harlem.
An estimated one-third of the 320,000 residents of Rockland County, where the attack occurred, are Jewish, according to census figures, and it is the county with the highest concentration of Jews in the United States.
In response to the recent surge in hate crimes in New York, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced on Friday that the NYPD was stepping up patrols and increasing visits to places of worship. We will NOT allow this to become the new normal ...
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu condemned "recent displays of antisemitism including the vicious attack at the home of a rabbi in Monsey", at the start of a weekly cabinet meeting. We will cooperate in any way with local authorities to help defeat this phenomenon.
He said the community and authorities are on edge, as Jewish groups report a record year for anti-Semitic incidents in Canada. We can not overstate the fear people are feeling right now ...
"We must work together to confront this evil, which is raising its head again and is a genuine threat around the world".