New York: Five Stabbed During Hanukkah Celebration

NBC News reports:

Five people were stabbed Saturday night at a rabbi’s home in Monsey, New York, and a suspect was later arrested in New York City, police said.

Ramapo Police Chief Brad Weidel said a man armed with a blade attacked around 10 p.m., on the seventh night of Hanukkah.

The attacker was arrested by the NYPD nearly two hours later in Harlem, NBC New York reported. Monsey is about 35 miles from New York City.

The New York Times reports:

It was a terrifying scene, the officials and witness reported, saying that the violence occurred at about 10 p.m. as numerous people were celebrating Hanukkah at the home of the rabbi, Chaim Rottenberg, in Monsey, which is in an area with a large population of ultra-Orthodox Jews.

“I was praying for my life,” said Aron Kohn, 65, who said he was in the rabbi’s home at the time. “He started attacking people right away as soon as he came in the door. We didn’t have time to react at all.”

ABC News reports:

The attack came a day after New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio announced that the New York Police Department was stepping up patrols at several synagogues in the city following a spate of anti-Semitic attacks over the past two weeks.

Three women were allegedly slapped Friday morning by another woman who said she thought they were Jewish, four days after surveillance video showed a 40-year-old man in traditional Jewish clothing being punched in the face.

i24 News reports:

“Israel strongly condemns the latest expressions of anti-Semitism and the cruel attack in the middle of Hanukkah at the home of the rabbi in Monsey,” Netanyahu said at the opening of his weekly cabinet meeting.

“We send wishes for recovery to those injured. We will cooperate in any way with local authorities to help wipe out this phenomenon. We offer this help to all countries.”

CBS News reports:

New York City police have arrested a man suspected of stabbing five people in a rabbi’s home during a Hanukkah celebration in the small Rockland County town of Monsey late on Saturday night.

The suspected attacker stormed into the home of Rabbi Chaim Leibush Rottenberg, the leader of Congregation Netzach Yisrael-Kosson, at around 10pm and began wildly swinging a knife at some 60 worshippers gathered for a candle-lighting ceremony for the seventh night of Hanukkah.

Officials were later seen marching the suspect, who is African American, out of the precinct in handcuffs before transporting him back to Rockland County in video from CBS New York. His name has not been released.