A machete described as the “size of a broomstick” was used to stab at least five Orthodox Jews in the latest NY anti-Semitic attack, leaving two in critical condition. The attack was the tenth recorded NY anti-Semitic attack since the Jewish holiday of Hanukkah began a week ago on December 22.
The attack on Saturday night in the New York suburban town of Monsey occurred on the seventh night of the eight-day holiday at 9:50 pm. One of the victims was stabbed six times.
The attacks have targeted Orthodox Jews, men and women, both of whom are easily recognizable due to their style of dress.
Police arrested a suspect in Harlem whose car was seen Saturday night in Monsey at the site of the crime, which occurred at the residence of a Rabbi Chaim Rottenberg, a Hasidic rabbi who lives adjacent to a synagogue.
“I was praying for my life,” said Aron Kohn, 65, who described the knife used by the attacker as “the size of a broomstick.”
Video from the scene of the stabbings at a synagogue in Monsey where Chassidim were gathered for a Hanukkah celebration. pic.twitter.com/wQhWp9SrdA
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Meanwhile police recorded multiple NY anti-Semitic attacks during Hanukkah, including:
- Early Friday morning, December 27, in the Crown Heights neighborhood of Brooklyn, a group shouted antisemitic slurs at a 25-year-old man as one of them threw his drink at the victim.
- Also early Friday morning, a woman slapped three women in the face because she thought they were Jewish. The woman was later arrested and charged with first-degree harassment.
- Later in the morning, a man walked into the main synagogue in Crown Heights and threatened to shoot someone.
- In the early evening on Friday also in Crown Heights, a Jewish man was followed by eight black teens who punched the victim in the head and knocked him to the ground while one of the teens filmed the incident on his phone.
- On Thursday, December 26, a 34-year old mother walking through the neighborhood of Gravesend in Brooklyn with her son was attacked by a 42-year old woman. The attacker beat the woman multiple times on her head with a purse while shouting anti-Semitic slurs. The mother was able to break free and call 911. A witness followed the attacker, enabling the police to make an arrest shortly thereafter.
- Also on Thursday, a Jewish man was beaten in broad daylight on the Upper East Side of Manhattan on E. 41st Street near 3rd Avenue by an assailant who yelled, “F–k you, Jew bastard.” The suspect, 28-year-old Steven Jorge of Miami, was arrested and charged with a hate crime.
- Early Wednesday morning in the Borough Park neighborhood of Brooklyn, a young man was punched in the face on 13th Ave near 48th street. The suspect was part of a group of three men who fled the scene.
- Early Wednesday, a 40-year-old Jewish man was punched in the chin by a stranger in Crown Heights.
- On Tuesday, a 56-year-old Jewish man was punched from behind in Crown Heights.
- Early Monday night, two young boys, aged six and seven, were beaten by teenagers in the lobby of a residential building in the Williamsburg neighborhood of Brooklyn. One of the boys was punched in the stomach.
On December 10, four people were killed in New Jersey in an anti-Semitic attack on a kosher market.
Editor’s Note: The woman who slapped the three Jewish woman was not required to post any bail due to NY’s new regulations and was let out of jail. She was re-arrested after punching another woman in the eye. It was unclear at press time of her latest attack was motivated by anti-Semitism.
ISIS Sends Message to Christians on Christmas Day
Meanwhile, ISIS was busy in other parts of the world slaughtering Christians. On Christmas day in Nigeria, ISIS terrorists beheaded 11 Christian hostages, saying in a video that the killings were revenge for the assassination of ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.
The video also said the beheadings were a message to Christians around the world that they are all considered targets.
Since 2015, 6,000 Christians have been killed by Islamist terrorists connected to Muslim Fulani herdsmen in Nigeria. One thousand Christians were killed by the Fulanis in 2019 alone. The violence perpetrated by the Fulanis also account for 12,00 displaced Christians in Nigeria since 2015.
On Christmas Eve, the Nigerian Islamist terror group Boko Haram (which pledged allegiance to ISIS) killed seven people and kidnapped a teenage girl in a Christian village close to Chibok, where in April 2014, the group kidnapped over 200 schoolgirls.