Police outside the scene of a machete attack in Monsey on December 28, 2019 Screengrab from social media posted on Vos Iz Neias website


(JTA) — A man wielding a machete walked into a rabbi’s home in Monsey, New York and stabbed at least five people.

In a series of tweets, the Orthodox Jewish Public Affairs Council of the Hudson Valley said that five Hasidic Orthodox Jews were taken to the hospital on Saturday night, two in critical condition.

The Council said the assailant was an African American male, his face partially masked with a scarf. It said the attack took place at 9:50 pm Eastern Time.

A number of outlets, including the Haredi Orthodox Vos Iz Neias, identified the building as the Rabbi Rottenberg Shul.

Outlets said a Hanukkah party was underway when the attack occurred.
Rockland County police reported at around midnight that the New York Police Department located a suspect and the vehicle involved in the getaway.

There has been a proliferation of attacks on Orthodox Jews in the New York-New Jersey area in recent weeks, including an attack on a Jersey City kosher supermarket earlier this month that killed six people. A man and a woman killed during the clash were identified as responsible; the man was a black nationalist.

This is a developing story.



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