New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo called the attack by a machete-wielding man at a Hanukkah celebration at a New York rabbi’s home Saturday night an “act of terrorism” and challenged his state to fight the rise of anti-Semitism and hate.
Standing out the home of Rabbi Chaim Rottenberg in the town of Monsey on Sunday morning, Cuomo called the hatred on display the night before “an American cancer in the body politic.”
“This is intolerance meets ignorance meets illegality,” he said, adding: “This is an intolerant time in this country. We see anger. We see hatred exploding.”