MONSEY (VINnews) — As reported by VINnews, a Jewish man was brutally beaten and stabbed Wednesday morning in Monsey, NY. The attack occurred at approximately 5:45 AM on Howard Drive in Monsey as the victim was making his way to Mosdos Meharam Brisk Tashnad. The victim was transported by Hatzalah to Westchester Medical Center for emergency surgery.
Ramapo Police Chief Brad Weidel held a press conference Wednesday to address the attack, saying that he can not speculate on the motivation for the attack at this time. “At this point … I am not willing to say this is a hate crime,” he said. Although the crime may be classified as such at some point in the investigation, Weidel says “A person’s religious affiliation “in and of itself does not necessarily mean we have a hate crime. We have to establish motivation and intent, and we’re just not there yet.”
Video footage obtained by Ramapo Police shows the two attackers driving around the neighborhood in a vehicle before the attack. Police are still reviewing the footage, however Chief Weidel said “I wish it was of better quality.” Police are hoping for a better quality video to surface.
Although the Police are not willing to call it a hate crime just yet, many in the community feel that is the case.
“Bigotry, hatred, anti-Semitism. When you have daily and endless accusations that every problem in Rockland County is the fault of Hassidm and everything that Hassidm to is bad then I wouldn’t be surprised that people take it to the next level,” says community advocate Yossi Gestetner.
Sen. David Carlucci (D) issued a statement saying, in part, “This act of violence is horrific and not reflective of our peaceful community. Violence or hate of any kind is never tolerated. I pray for the victim’s recovery and expect police will find the suspects and bring them to justice.”
Rockland County Executive Ed Day said that the people of Rockland will say with one voice: “We will not tolerate any violence.” As a former law enforcement official, Day said he had complete confidence in the Ramapo Police Department.
NY Governor Andrew Cuomo tweeted, “This attack is horrific. I am directing the State Police Hate Crimes Task Force to assist in the investigation and examine all potential motives. The rise in anti-Semitic and hate-fueled attacks MUST end, and I urge all NYers to denounce hate. whenever and wherever they see it.”
This attack is horrific. I am directing the State Police Hate Crimes Task Force to assist in the investigation and examine all potential motives.
The rise in anti-Semitic and hate-fueled attacks MUST end, and I urge all NYers to denounce hate whenever and wherever they see it. https://t.co/7oOZ7r8cdg
— Andrew Cuomo (@NYGovCuomo) November 20, 2019
The ADL has since offered a $10,000 reward for anyone who can provide information about the assault.
According to reports, the victim is a 29-year-old teacher, who is married with 4 children.
— Matt Spillane (@MattSpillane) November 20, 2019