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Rabbi Rottenberg's Shul on Monsey, NY

The Monsey machete attack suspect Grafton E. Thomas was indicted Friday before a Rockland County Grand Jury.

The charge sheet included: six counts of attempted murder, three counts of assault, three counts of attempted assault, and two counts of burglary.


Thomas is accused of entering the home of Rabbi Chaim Rottenberg last Saturday night, the seventh night of Chanukah, holding an 18-inch machete, with the intention of killing as many Chassidic Jews at the location as possible.

The rabbi was holding a Chanukah party at his home at the time of the attack.

Thomas is accused of stabbing and slashing as many people as he was able to reach before he finally was driven out of the house by men who threw furniture at him in order to make him leave.

Five people were taken to the hospital with injuries. Doctors performed two surgeries to save the life of 70-year-old man, Yosef Neumann, who remains in critical condition and has not yet regained consciousness.

The public is asked to please continue to pray for Yehosef ben Perel.


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Hana Levi Julian is a Middle East news analyst with a degree in Mass Communication and Journalism from Southern Connecticut State University. A past columnist with The Jewish Press and senior editor at Arutz 7, Ms. Julian has written for, and other media outlets, in addition to her years working in broadcast journalism.