The current spate of anti-Semitic attacks in New York obviously no longer fits the mass shooting thread. This one is not meant to be limited to incidents in the US, where I still believe the recent spike of reports is a fluke; probably copycat effects cascading back from last year's Pittsburgh synagogue shooting, combined with more frequent use of firearms and higher public attention than for somebody getting beat up for wearing a yarmulke in, say, South Africa. Though I'd not put just any occasion where somebody gets called a bad word for a Jew in here.
I do note that the current attacks seem to be mostly black (no reports on the present incident yet) on Hasidi, maybe because the latter are readily indentifyable as Jewish. Though apparently they tend to be not popular even among fellow American Jews. There was a thread on another US-centric gunboard some time ago full of complaints that they wouldn't even give non-Orthodox co-religionists the time of the day, and interestingly decrying tactics like making Jewish residents cheap offers for their property with the argument "you know when we move into the neighborhood, prices will drop anyway". That would be considered an anti-Semitic claim coming from any non-Jew, and seems not unlike the grievances aired by black residents about da Joos following the NJ shooting.
Attacker stabs five at rabbi's home in New York
Reuters • December 29, 2019
NEW YORK (Reuters) - An attacker stabbed five people late on Saturday at a Hasidic rabbi's home in New York state and fled before apparently being arrested, a Jewish organization said, a rampage that came after days of increased tension over anti-Semitic assaults.
The Orthodox Jewish Public Affairs Council (OJPAC) said on Twitter an attacker wearing a scarf stabbed the victims at a house in Monsey, Rockland County, about 30 miles north of New York City.
All five victims were taken to hospitals, the council said, adding that two of the victims were critical, with one of them stabbed at least six times.
"The suspect fled the scene, but he is in custody at this time," the Ramapo Police Department said in a Facebook post.
The police department confirmed that five people were stabbed and said that the investigation was going on. The department did not provide any more details.
An OJPAC official, Yossi Gestetner, told the New York Times the attack happened at around 10 p.m. (0300 GMT) during a Hanukkah celebration that was being attended by many dozens of people at the rabbi's home.
About a third of the population of Rockland County is Jewish, including a large enclave of Orthodox Jews who live in secluded communities.
In more deadly recent attacks, a gunman killed a female rabbi and wounded three people during Sabbath services at Congregation Chabad in Poway, near San Diego, on the last day of Passover in April 2019.
Six months before that, a gunman killed 11 worshipers at the Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh in the deadliest anti-Semitic attack in U.S. history.
The Jewish holiday of Hanukkah commemorates the 2nd century B.C. victory of Judah Maccabee and his followers in a revolt against armies of the Seleucid Empire.
Edited by BansheeOne, 29 December 2019 - 0554 AM.