The rise of anti-Semitic attacks in New York City has been grabbing the attention of the national media. Both Mayor Bill de Blasio and Governor Andrew Cuomo are being called on to take action in Jewish neighborhoods as attacks against Jews for the sake of them being Jews have escalated in just the last week or so.
All of the increased scrutiny started happening before another attack on Jews happened Saturday night in Monsey, just north of Manhattan. A man armed with a machete entered a rabbi’s home and stabbed three people.
The home of an Ultra-Orthodox rabbi in Monsey, New York, was the scene of a violent knife attack Saturday night that has reportedly left several people injured. According to reports, a man entered the home around 10 p.m. during a Hanukkah party and began stabbing people before fleeing the scene in a vehicle. At the time of this reporting, the suspected attacker was still at large.
The Orthodox Jewish Public Affairs Council for the Hudson Valley region tweeted reports about the incident. According to the reports, five people were treated for stab wounds after being transported to nearby hospitals. One of the victims was reportedly stabbed at least six times.
The New York Police Department is currently investigating multiple attacks that took place this past week that were possibly motivated by anti-Semitism.
When I spent four of my school years on Long Island, New York, the majority of my closest friends were either Jewish or Italian. I went to more bar mitzvahs and bat mitzvahs in my teens than standard birthday parties. Never in my time there did I hear about violent anti-Semitism. That was three decades ago. Things are different today.
But the violence isn’t coming from the source mainstream media has warned us about for three years. That’s not to say there are no Trump supporters who are anti-Semites, but we continue to see violence that is more aligned with cultural differences than political ones. And in New York, where most of the population, including the Jewish population, is comprised of Democrats, one has to wonder why hate crimes are on the rise there.