CNN A Man walked up on Saturday evening at a rabbinical house during a Hanukkah celebration in a suburb in New York and began to stab people, says witnesses. According to the police, five victims were taken to nearby hospitals.
The Orthodox Jewish Council for Public Affairs for the Hudsonvallei said in a tweet that the victims in the Monsey residence were Hasidic Jews. Two people are in a critical state, co-founder of the board, Yossi stamped, said to CNN.
The attacker pulled out a knife that was almost like a juniper rod, says Aron Kohn, who attended the Hanukkah celebration.
Kohn said there were at least 100 people in the house at the time, because the Rabbyn on the seventh night of Hanukkah ‘ Got the Candle ‘.
Kohn added that the suspect was trying to run into a nearby synagogue, but someone closed the doors.
According to the state New York, Rockland County, where the knife was stabbed, had the largest Jewish population per capita. More than 30% of the residents are Jewish.
Officials are still working on an active crime scene, Brad Weidel, Ramapo Police head, said at a news conference.
He said that a suspect described as a long black man was apprehended by the police.
A last in a series of attacks
Andrew Cuomo, Government of New York, said the knife strike was “the last in a series of attacks against members of the Jewish community in New York this week. “
“Let me be clear: Antisemitism and great-man of whatever kind, is detesting on our values of inclusion and variety, and we have absolutely no tolerance for such hate acts,” the governor said in a statement.
He instructed the state’s Hate Crime Task Force to investigate the incident.
The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) of New York also said they are heading to the scene to learn more and coordinate with law enforcement.
Last week, Bill de Blasio, mayor of New York, said the city Police Department would increase its number of patrols after at least eight possible antisemitic incidents in a week.
The police will raise visits to worship homes and ‘ other critical areas in the community ‘, he said.
In a statement to CNN, Israel’s President Reuven (RUVI) Rivlin expressed that he was “shocked and outraged” by the skwounds.
“We pray for the quick recovery of the injured. The emergence of antisemitism is not just a Jewish problem, and certainly not just the problem of the state of Israel. We have to work together to confront this evil that protrudes. And is a real threat in the world, ‘ reads the statement.
In response to the attack, premier Benjamin Netanyahu said Israel would work with the local authorities to handle incidents of antisemitism.
“Israel condemns in all respects the latest antisemitic incidents and the cruel attack in the middle of Hanukkah at the house of the Rabbyn in Monsey, New York. We send wishes for a quick recovery to the injured, “He said at the beginning of the weekly cabinet meeting. “We will cooperate with the local authorities in all respects to eliminate these phenomena. We offer our help to all countries. “
‘ We cannot exaggerate the fear that people experience ‘
While authorities started investigating the scene of the knife, officials started sharing messages of solidarity and resilience.
The New York Attorney General, Letitia James, said there is a “zero tolerance for hate acts of any kind, and we will continue to monitor this horrific situation. “
“I stand tonight and every night with the Jewish community,” James said in a tweet.
After the death of Saturday, De Blasio said: “Many Jewish families in our city have close ties with Monsey. We can’t exaggerate the fear that people are experiencing right now. “