Israel’s leaders reacted strongly to the recent stabbing attack in Monsey, NY.
“Israel strongly condemns the recent displays of anti-Semitism, including the vicious attack at the home of a rabbi during Hanukkah,” PrimeMinister Benjamin Netanyahu said.
“We send our best wishes for recovery to the wounded. We will cooperate however possible with the local authorities in order to assist in defeating this phenomenon. We offer our assistance to every country,” he added.
President Reuven Rivlin tweeted “Shocked and outraged by the terrible attack in #NY and praying for the recovery of those injured. #Antisemitism is not just a #Jewish problem, and certainly not just the State of #Israel’s problem. We must work together to confront this rising evil, which is a real global threat.”
On Saturday evening around 10 p.m., the attacker, armed with a machete, entered the home of Rabbi Chaim Rottenberg, who was hosting a Hanukkah gathering. During the attack, attendees hurled tables and chairs to fend off the knifeman, who stabbed five people before leaving the building in the direction of the nearby synagogue. He fled the scene after realizing the Jewish house of worship was locked, eyewitnesses said.
The Orthodox Jewish Public Affairs Council for the Hudson Valley region reported that five people were injured, with one of the stabbed at least six times.
There have been at least 13 anti-Semitic attacks in the state of New York since December 8, 2019.