Jerusalem, Dec. 29 (EFE) .- Israel today called it anti-Semitic and showed its dismay at the stabbing in New York of five people celebrating a religious event at a rabbi's house in Monsey, in the north of the city.
"Israel strongly condemns the recent signs of anti-Semitism, including the ruthless attack" last night, which took place during the celebration of the Jewish holiday of Hanukkah, said Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
Israeli President Reuvén Rivlin also said he was "shocked and outraged by the terrible attack" and warned that "the rise of anti-Semitism is not just a Jewish problem" or of the State of Israel.RELATED
"We must work together to face this evil, which once again raises its head and is a real threat worldwide," Rivlin said in a statement.
Netanyahu said Israel will "cooperate as much as possible" with the US authorities "to defeat" anti-Semitism, a support it offers "to all countries."
The Holocaust Museum in Jerusalem (Yad Vashem) reacted with "deep concern" to the incident and its president, Avner Shalev, called the attack a "violent act of hate, intolerance and anti-Semitism" and said that "the scenes of recent attacks in the United States become commonplace. '
The aggression occurred around 22.00 in New York local time (03.00 GMT on Sunday), in a neighborhood where a large population of Orthodox Jews is concentrated.
According to the Orthodox Council of Jewish Public Affairs (OJPAC), the attacker was arrested by the Police and, according to the first information, acted alone and had not been arrested before.
A witness quoted by the New York Times said that after entering the house, he tried to access a synagogue adjacent to the rabbi's house, but that those inside were able to close it.
The reasons for the attack, which the New York Police anti-terrorist unit investigates, are unknown. EFE