29 December 2019


'I started screaming and ran to the synagogue'
Man who fought Monsey stabber recalls stabbing attack at rabbi's house, says he 'pushed everyone outside.’

arutzsheva: The sexton (shamesh) of the Monsey, New York, (Rabbi Rottenberg) synagogue attacked Saturday night told of the drama which unfolded at the home of a local rabbi.

At least five people were injured in the attack.

Yosef Eliyahu, who fought with the attacker, on Sunday morning told Kan Reshet Bet Radio about the attack.

"A man came into the rabbi's home immediately after the candle-lighting ceremony," Eliyahu recalled. "He walked into the dining room, where the candle-lighting ceremony had been, and started stabbing people. I took the rabbi's grandchildren and walked outside with them."

The stabber's face was covered, he added. "Only his eyes and forehead were exposed."

"He was tall and looked like a black person. I threw a large table on him and he told me, 'Be careful, I'm going to catch you.' I pushed everyone outside, and I began yelling and ran to the synagogue."

According to Eliyahu, the stabber began walking towards the nearby synagogue, but when he understood that the doors were locked, he escaped the scene.

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has ordered the hate crimes department to investigate the stabbing.


New bail reform is prompting NY judges to release perpetrators of anti-Semitic violence

Suspects arrested in a list of recent anti-Semitic attacks have been released without bail due to new "bail reform" legislation, the New York Post reported. The legislation, under which only physical injury requires bail, officially takes effect only on January 1, 2020.  arutzsheva

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