An Orthodox Jewish man from Monsey lies in the hospital in critical condition after he was brutally stabbed multiple times on Wednesday morning.
Edited by: JV Staff
The Yeshiva World News web site reported that sources told them that the attack occurred at around 5:40 am in front of 2 Howard Drive. The 29 year old man was walking to synagogue for the daily morning prayers (Shacharis) when he was assaulted by two men who jumped out of a vehicle. They then began to repeatedly stab him, without mercy.
The sources who spoke to YWN said that Rockland County Hatzolah received a call that reported that a man was lying on the ground bleeding. At first it was assumed he was stuck by a vehicle, but the victim spoke to Hatzolah members for around 2 minutes before going unconscious. The victim told the EMS workers that the assailants got back into their vehicle after the attack and drove away.
YWN reported that Chaveirim of Rockland has since verified that the victim’s story is accurate by obtaining security camera footage of the attack.
Hatzolah of Rockland County transported the victim to Westchester Trauma Center where he was rushed into emergency surgery. He is listed in critical but stable condition, and suffered multiple serious stab wounds. He is a father of 4 children and learns in a local Kollel.
NY Governor Andrew Cuomo released the following statement:
“I am deeply disturbed by the violent attack of an Orthodox Jewish man who was beaten and repeatedly stabbed while on his way to Synagogue in Monsey, Rockland County, earlier today. I am directing the State Police Hate Crimes Task Force to assist the Ramapo Police Department and the Rockland County Sheriff’s office as they investigate this horrific assault and examine all potential motives, including whether the attack may have been motivated by anti-Semitism.
“This is not an isolated incident, all across the state we’ve seen an alarming rise in anti-Semitic vandalism and hate-fueled attacks. We cannot allow the cancer of hate to metastasize any further. The escalation of hatred and anti-Semitism must end here and now, and I urge all New Yorkers to denounce hate whenever and wherever they see it.”
The ADL (Anti-Defamation League) announced on Wednesday that it is offering a reward of up to $10,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the individual or individuals responsible for the attack on the man in Monsey.
“We are outraged by this terribly violent incident,” said Evan R. Bernstein, ADL NY/NJ Regional Director. “This is truly horrifying. A peaceful walk to shul in the early morning hours is how this man started the day and now he in serious condition in a hospital because of this attack. There is absolutely no room in our communities for violence. We must come together and stand shoulder to shoulder, not only to condemn this despicable act, but also work as a community to stem the tide of hatred and violence. We wish for the speedy and full recovery of the victim and hope this reward facilitates the swift apprehension of those responsible for this attack.”