5 injured in 'mass stabbing' during Hanukkah celebration in NY

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The council said five people were stabbed and transported to local hospitals.

Aron Kohn, 65, was in the rabbi's home at the time and told the paper: "I was praying for my life".

Kohn said there were at least 100 people in the home at that time, as the rabbi was "lighting the candle" on the seventh night of Hanukkah.

Grafton tried to enter the synagogue next door but it was already barricaded by people who had taken shelter inside.

No one was reported killed after the Rockland County attack, but several were injured - including the rabbi's son - in what was the latest of almost a dozen incidents of violence against Jews in the area in recent weeks, including eight in Brooklyn and a deadly shooting in Jersey City.

This is the second stabbing in Monsey in recent months.

After the attack, four Orthodox Jewish elected officials - State Senator Simcha Felder, State Assemblymember Simcha Eichenstein, New York City Councilmember Chaim Deutsch, and New York City Councilmember Kalman Yeger - submitted a letter to Cuomo asking him to declare a state of emergency and deploy State Police and the New York National Guards to protect Orthodox neighborhoods.

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He said he was directing the state police hate crimes task force to investigate.

"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", he said at the opening of the weekly cabinet meeting on Sunday. That's in addition to other hateful incidents targeting the black, Latino and LGBT communities, he said. This follows a spate of anti-Semitic attacks in New York City during Hanukkah season.

"They're trying to inflict fear".

Rabbi Mendy Mirocznik, executive vice-president of the Rabbinical Alliance of America, stated, "It is frightening that during Chanukah, a holiday which symbolizes the victory of good over evil we are sadly experiencing a rising tide of anti-Semitism and hate".

He called for a domestic terrorism law in the state to prosecute such crimes.

'The anti-Semitic attack in Monsey, New York, on the 7th night of Hanukkah last night is horrific, ' Trump tweeted Sunday afternoon is response to the attack.

The mayor also wrote that officers of the New York Police Department were deployed to Jewish places of worship the night of the attacks.

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Senator Cory Booker of New Jersey, another candidate for the Democratic nomination, said Sunday morning that the increase of anti-Semitic violence was alarming and that Americans must band together to stymie it. Police said they received at least six reports this week - and eight since December 13 - of possibly anti-semitic attacks.

Some local reports said the assailant, a man armed with a machete, fled the scene in a vehicle and police were searching for him in the area.

In Israel, President Reuven (Ruvi) Rivlin expressed his "shock and outrage" regarding the attack.

Earlier, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau responded to the stabbings by urging action against anti-Semitism.

"This is intolerance meets ignorance meets illegality", Cuomo said.

Letitia James, the New York Attorney General, said she was "deeply disturbed" by the situation. "So many Jewish families in our city have close ties to Monsey". We will NOT allow this to become the new normal ...

CNN also claimed there was an attack on Jewish New Yorkers every day last week.

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The ADL will be working with leaders in orthodox and Hassidic communities to improve their reporting mechanisms, Bernstein said.

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