Update (1045ET): New York Governor Andrew Cuomo called the Saturday night stabbing-attack at a rabbi’s home an act of domestic terrorism and said he was directing the state police hate-crimes task force to investigate.
“This was a despicable and cowardly act,” Gov. Cuomo said in a statement about the attack in Monsey.
“I wish I could say this was an isolated incident.”
A suspect who fled the scene was taken into police custody in New York City shortly after the attack, according to reports.
Oddly, few mainstream media outlets are leading with any images of the alleged attacker (who faces five counts of attempted murder)…
We wonder why? Maybe it doesn’t fit the narrative that social media so quickly picked up on after the attack…
Of course, this virtue-signaled tweet was rapidly deleted.
The incident was the latest in a series of recent attacks targeting the Jewish community in the New York-New Jersey metropolitan area, including a shooting at a kosher grocery store in Jersey City, N.J., earlier in December. Three people were killed inside the store during that shooting, which was allegedly undertaken by African Americans also, linked to the Black Hebrew Israelite movement.
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At least 5 people have been stabbed after a black male entered Rabbi Rottenburg’s Shul, located in the Forshay neighborhood in Monsey, New York, and pulled out a machete.
Notably, today is the last day of Hannukah.
As VosIzNeias.com reports, the alleged assailant pulled off the cover and stabbed at least 5 people. One of the victims was stabbed in the chest. Two of the victims of the attack were taken into hospital as critical.
One of the victims was stabbed at least 6 times.
The fifth/least severe case had a cut in his hand.
The perpetrator then ran out and escaped in a vehicle. His plates were spotted before he left (HPT-5757 per the person who saw it and we confirmed it with him directly – a Gray Nissan Sentra), and the police are currently searching for him.
Videos of the stabbing attack began disseminating on social media.