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.
“We must come together to promote acceptance and tolerance of others. – Amb. Al Otaiba”
We condemn the attack at a Hanukkah celebration in NY last night. Our hearts are with the victims of this anti-Semitic violence and the community impacted. We must come together to promote acceptance and tolerance of others. – Amb Al Otaiba
— UAE Embassy US (@UAEEmbassyUS) December 29, 2019
The UAE likewise tweeted its Chanukah greetings from Washington DC less than a week ago.
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.
“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.