The suspect in a targeted attack at an NY Synagogue has been captured, identified, and photos have been released after allegedly stabbing at least five Jewish people who were celebrating Hanukkah in the Forshay neighborhood of Monsey. It happened at Rabbi Rottenburg’s Shul
The suspect was identified as 37-year-old Grafton Thomas and he doesn't live too far from where the attack happened, maybe 20 miles away, as per a report on Heavy.
Here is the suspect's photograph.
Governor Cuomo issued a response:
This is violence spurred by hate. It is mass violence and I consider this an act of domestic terrorism. Let’s call it what it is.
Oddly enough, there have been many attacks on Jewish people and folks across America have called it a hate crime, but politicians are finally waking up to it.
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In fact, "he said there have been at least 13 anti-Semitic attacks in New York state since December 8." (Heavy)
The suspect faces at least five counts of attempted murder. He allegedly used a machete to hack at at least five victims and this took place on December 28 around 10:30 EST.
A report on JPost has even more chilling information on the attack:
According to a report on Channel 13, Rabbi Chaim L. Rottenberg re-started the Hanukkah party once the event was over and the wounded evacuated and treated. The next morning, community members attended the adjacent synagogue for prayers where they prayed the Blessing of Thanksgiving.Community members reportedly threw tables and chairs at the perpetrator and chased him out. He ran next door to the synagogue, but they managed to block his entry. Eventually he escaped in the silver Nissan in which he was caught by police hours later. On congregant told Channel 13 that Grafton shouted, "I hate you" and "I'll get you," as he evacuated the premises.
The JPost article reminds readers that "antisemitic hate crimes in NYC are up 63% in 2019 compared to last year, the State Department reported. As of September, there were 152 reports of antisemitic hate crimes, up from 93 reported in the same period the year prior."
It's time that these crimes face much stiffer consequences. They are hateful acts of violence targeted people because they're Jewish and that, to me, sounds exactly like the definition of a hate crime.