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Rabbi Rottenberg's Shul on Monsey, NY

The Embassy of the United Arab Emirates in Washington DC has condemned the anti-Semitic machete attack that took place Saturday night at the home of a Chassidic rabbi in Monsey, New York.

“We condemn the attack at a Hanukkah celebration in NY last night,” the tweet begins. “Our hearts are with the victims of this anti-Semitic violence and the community impacted.

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“We must come together to promote acceptance and tolerance of others. – Amb. Al Otaiba”

The UAE likewise tweeted its Chanukah greetings from Washington DC less than a week ago.

Chanukah Greetings from Israel’s Middle Eastern Neighbors

Relations are slowly beginning to thaw with the Gulf state, although ties are far from normal. But those problems paled in comparison to what seemed to be developing into an existential threat to Jews in New York this weekend.

Jewish lawmakers called on Governor Andrew Cuomo on Sunday to declare a state of emergency in New York following the attack.

Jewish Lawmakers Call for ‘State of Emergency’ Over Anti-Semitic Attacks in New York

“We need help from the State Police & the National Guard so that we can protect our constituents,” said New York City Council member Chaim Deutsch. “Our communities are shaken. We have watched our neighbors beaten, stabbed, & gunned down. We don’t feel safe in our own homes.”

More than 500 people turned out in the pouring rain Sunday night at a Jewish Community Center in Manhattan to express their solidarity with the Jews of Rockland County in the wake of Saturday night’s attack by the machete terrorist — and that is only the number of those who were able to get seats. Even more people arrived at the venue, only to be told there was no more room, and had to be turned away.

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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 Babble.com, Chabad.org and other media outlets, in addition to her years working in broadcast journalism.