This morning in Brooklyn in the heart of the Chabad movement’s headquarters, nicknamed “770” for its address, a young man from Israel was stabbed by what appears to be an outsider to the community. The Times of Israel, a source of news for the worldwide Jewish community, explained what transpired,
The attacker, a black male, entered the Hasidic movement’s headquarters in Brooklyn’s Crown Heights neighborhood and stabbed the 22-year-old several times in the upper body.
The victim, an ultra-Orthodox Israeli, was lightly to moderately injured in the attack. The Yeshiva World News website reported that he was conscious and had spoken to a relative on the phone.
The attacker, who appears in a video speaking English with a heavy accent, was shot by police who arrived at the scene, after he refused to put down his weapon.
What was incredible about the death of the attacker, though, was caught on video and posted onto a local Jewish news site, Crown Heights info. The video is graphic and can be viewed via this link (we’ve decided not to embed it) but it captures something absolutely remarkable. After the stabbing, police attempted to stop the attacker non-violently. When he refused to put down his knife, guns were drawn. Though police were clearly not anxious to pull the trigger, a tense standoff took place. Another Jewish man, a potential second victim who the attacker lunged at on several occasions, yelled to the officer with his weapon drawn in a Hebrew accent, “NO! No, no no no no officer!” Before telling the attacker “Put the knife! Put the knife!” Others in the area yelled “Drop the knife!” The potential victim begged officers “Don’t shoot!”
Unfortunately, the situation escalated and the NYPD had no choice but to use deadly force to prevent further injuries, but the actions of another Jewish man, attempting to save an attacker who had just stabbed a fellow Jew, should be commended.
Do you think the Jewish man did the right thing trying to save the attacker?