Connecticut leaders react to brutal attack at Rabbi’s Hanukkah celebration in New York

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MONSEY, NY (WTNH) — Five people were taken to New York area hospitals Saturday evening after a man entered a Rabbi’s home in Monsey during a Hanukkah celebration and began stabbing people. Sunday, Connecticut leaders assuring the state they are working to keep everyone safe.

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Five people were wounded in all. The victims were all Hasidic Jews.

The Governor of New York calling the incident “domestic terrorism.”

Back home in Connecticut, law enforcement wants the public to know they are working at every level to avoid this kind of heinous crime from happening in our area.

The attack also drew condemnation from top state officials in the state.

Steven Ginsburg, the Director of Anti-Defamation League Connecticut said in a statement to WTNH Sunday that the ongoing attacks are “something that we have got to all rally together and address.”

“Obviously this is saddening, it’s scary, it’s outrageous. What’s been going on way too close to home is something that we have got to all rally together and address.

We’ve been very concerned with the general rise of antisemitism and the state of the last 10 days is devastating. Connecticut State Police have been very responsive, they’re stepping up patrols around Jewish communities and places of worship and they are in direct contact with NY police on this. The fundamental takeaway is, we need to do everything we can to protect vulnerable communities.

We see violence targeting the Jewish community. Where is this coming from? Why are people doing this? We want to work with schools to help students and teachers understand how to handle it.

We need our elected officials to speak out, which they’re doing. We need the help of local law enforcement. We don’t know yet of any direct connection between these past two incidents [NY and NJ] and one in CT. Do these things make us more nervous because they can happen here? Yes.”

– Steven Ginsburg, the Director of Anti-Defamation League Connecticut

U.S Senator Chris Murphy (D-CT) said in a tweet that the attacks are “horrifying, but also serve as a painful reminder that the targeting of Jews has never disappeared.”

The United Jewish Federation said in a statement to WTNH Sunday, “An attack on one Jew is an attack on us all, and we must stand strong against hate crimes in any form.

UJF’s JCRC Condemns Antisemitism And Hate In All Its Forms! Monsey, Jersey City, Teaneck, Brooklyn, NYC,…Over 10 Antisemitic incidents since December 23rd in the tri-state area! United Jewish Federation stands united and strong with the Jewish community of Monsey and keeps them close in our prayers and hearts.

We send our love and sorrow to the families of the victims and hope for a speedy recovery to those injured.

We are thankful to the Ramapo and NYC Police Departments who quickly apprehended and arrested last night’s assailant.

An attack on one Jew is an attack on us all, and we must stand strong against hate crimes in any form. UJF and its JCRC condemns antisemitism in all its forms. There is no place in our society for this tragic and senseless violence fueled by bigotry and hate.”

– The United Jewish Federation

A strong message from U.S. Senator Richard Blumenthal who called the violent stabbing spree a “directed and hateful attack.”

“This absolutely depraved, sickening crime is a sign of a rise in antisemitism and violence.

My message to the people of the Jewish faith and really all faiths is ‘you are not alone.'”

– U.S. Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-CT)

A similar message from CT State Police:

“Obviously our Jewish community is scared and rightfully so.

Our job with state police and with CTIC [Connecticut Intelligence Center Unit – counter terrorism]. is to provide them with anything they need. We’re here to do that, but at the same time, we need our community and citizens around the state to know if they see something, say something.”

– Brian Foley, CT State Police

Blumenthal also calling for stronger penalties in the wake of yet another attack on a religious community in our region.

“I am calling on the Department of Justice and the FBI to increase the vigor of prosecution against these kinds of hate crimes.

We may need tougher laws with stronger penalties to deter them because even with the charges of attempted murder in New York. the punishment still may be too lenient for the crime.”

– U.S. Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-CT)

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