Five people attending a Hannukah celebration at a rabbi’s house in New York where a man wielding a knife “as big as a broomstick,” with two in critical condition.
Ramapo police say the assailant was found “with blood all over him” just under two hours later, and has since been taken into custody.
The alleged attacker, named by CNN as Thomas Grafton is reported to have donned a scarf before storming the home of a Rabbi Rottenberg in Monsey, New York.
Franklin Graham has taken to Facebook to comment. “This morning Fox News asked me about the new year and also about the vicious stabbing attack last night in New York. Governor Andrew Cuomo said in a press conference that the hate we are seeing is an “American cancer.” I agree with him. However, his answer is to create new laws—I don’t think that’s the answer. God has the cure. He can change hearts and remove hate when people repent, turn to Him, and put their faith and trust in His Son, Jesus Christ. These horrific acts of violence aren’t caused by guns or knives, they are caused by evil in the human heart. God can forgive us, cleanse us, and give us a new heart.
“I also told them that the hate we’re seeing isn’t just against people of certain races or religions, we see it against people of a different political party or opinion. And many in the media and politicians like Governor Cuomo have been guilty of fueling hate against President Donald J. Trump. We need to pray for the healing that only God can bring.”
Inside, around 100 Hasidic Jews were gathered to watch the lighting of the candle on the seventh day of Hannukah.
Police and witnesses say the attacker pulled out a knife that was “almost as big as a broomstick” and began stabbing people around 10 pm last night.
It’s thought the assailant was armed with a machete.
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo described the Jewish community stabbing as “domestic terrorism”.