Anti-Semitic Attacks Shine Spotlight on Long-Simmering Tri-State Tensions

Rabbi Chaim Rottenberg stands in front of his residence in Monsey, N.Y., December 29, 2019. (Jeenah Moon/Reuters)
Attacks in Jersey City, N.J. and Monsey, N.Y., bring national attention to political fights between the region’s ultra-Orthodox and their non-Jewish neighbors.

NRPLUS MEMBER ARTICLE I n the wake of the recent anti-Semitic shooting in Jersey City, N.J. and the machete attack at the home of a rabbi in Monsey, N.Y., news of anti-Semitism in the tri-state area has begun to pierce the mainstream-media bubble. But tensions have existed for decades in the Jewish enclaves that surround New York City.

Grafton Thomas, who attacked visitors at the home of rabbi Chaim Rottenberg, has been charged by the Rockland County district attorney with six counts of attempted murder and three counts of assault. One of the victims, Rabbi Josef Neumann, was left in a coma, and his family

Zachary Evans is a news writer for National Review Online. He is a veteran of the Israeli Defense Forces and a trained violist.


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