Arab and Muslim Americans were quick to respond in solidarity with Jewish Americans over a vicious knife attack targeting a Hanukah celebration held at a Hassidic Rabbi’s home in New York on Saturday night.
The attack took place in the home of Rabbi Chaim Rottenberg in a small town, Monsey, located north of New York City. Five people at the religious celebration were seriously injured including the Rabbi’s son when an African American man, identified as Grafton Thomas, burst into the home wielding a machete. Thomas’ parents said that their son has a history of mental illness and hospitalizations.
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo issued a Joint Statement condemning the attack as anti-Semitism, signed by dozens of community leaders declaring “an attack against one of us is an attack against all of us.”
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