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Crown Heights, NY - Israeli Man Stabbed Inside Chabad Synagogue By Man Heard Saying 'Kill the Jews' (Dramatic Footage)

Published on: December 9, 2014 04:07 AM
Last updated on: December 9, 2014 09:47 AM
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The suspected right inside the Chabad headquarters in Crown Heights, Brookly, NY, December 9, 2014. (Screenshot capture: YouTube)The suspected right inside the Chabad headquarters in Crown Heights, Brookly, NY, December 9, 2014. (Screenshot capture: YouTube)

Crown Heights, NY - A knife-wielding man stabbed an Israeli student in the head inside a Brooklyn synagogue early Tuesday before being fatally shot by police after he refused to drop the knife, authorities said.

The man stormed into the Chabad-Lubavitch Hasidic world headquarters in Crown Heights at about 1:40 a.m. and attacked Levi Rosenblat, who was studying inside the synagogue, spokesman Motti Seligson said. He said there were other people inside at the time.

According to witnesses, the attacker was heard saying repeatedly “Kill the Jews,” said Chaim Landa, another spokesman for Chabad-Lubavitch. Several other people immediately intervened, he said.

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A witness flagged down a patrol officer, who confronted the 49-year-old man and told him to put the knife down. He initially put it down, but picked it up again, police said. More officers responded and repeatedly ordered the man to drop the knife.

He refused and, with the knife in his hand, charged at one of the officers, who fired once, striking the man in the torso, police said.

Dramatic video footage below: Shows the encounter with the attacker before police shot him.

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Police said no other officers discharged their weapons.

The man was taken to a hospital where he was pronounced dead. He was not immediately identified, but police said he was from New York City and had a criminal history.

The 22-year-old Rosenblat was in stable condition, officials said.

A blood-stained nine-inch (23 cm) knife is seen after being recovered at the scene of a stabbing at a Brooklyn synagogue, in a picture provided by the New York Police Department December 9, 2014. A blood-stained nine-inch (23 cm) knife is seen after being recovered at the scene of a stabbing at a Brooklyn synagogue, in a picture provided by the New York Police Department December 9, 2014.

Assemblyman Dov Hikind condemned the attack.

“I’m told that the attacker came earlier that evening, too. He was stalking the scene. Thank God he didn’t inflict more harm nor do more damage to more people,” Hikind said in an email statement.

He said while a motive for the attack was not yet known, greater security was needed for Jewish institutions.

A 9-inch knife, with a 4 ½-inch blade, was recovered at the scene, police said.

“We commend the heroic efforts of the individuals who were present and took immediate action. If not for their intervention the outcome could have been, God forbid far worse,” said Landa.

“While we are very pained by everything that has unfolded, we are very grateful to the police for their quick response and are working closely with the authorities in their ongoing investigation,” he added.

Police said the investigation is continuing.

VIDEO below: Shimon Gifter for VIN News interviews eyewitness to the Shooting Inside Chabad Synagogue.

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 Dec 09, 2014 at 05:26 AM Anonymous Says:

This is very sad news! Are we getting protests in Brooklyn now?!

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 Dec 09, 2014 at 05:28 AM Anonymous Says:

All shuls, schools, halls must have a security guard with only one entrance and exit as these type incidents are on the rise globally due to many factors.

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 Dec 09, 2014 at 05:33 AM Ben Says:

"I will kill the Jew, I want to kill the Jew," a witness heard the attacker yelling as he entered the Chabad shul.

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 Dec 09, 2014 at 05:35 AM Abe Says:

I never thought this could happen in New York.

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 Dec 09, 2014 at 05:45 AM Chabadnik Says:

Probably. Al sharpton & de Blasio will protest this poor "tzaddik's brutal murder by the cruel NYPD." But i saw the video & the officer gave the lowlife plenty of chances to drop the knife. He deserved everything he got.

The problem is, there is zero security at 770. This has to change. Please be mispalel for Levi Yitzchok ben Raizel.

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 Dec 09, 2014 at 05:49 AM Yossi Says:

One would think that after the 1991 Crown Heights Pogrom, that security would have been beefed up at 770 Eastern Parkway, as well as at other Jewish institutions in the area. Unfortunately, all over the USA, security is very lax at Shuls, Federations, Day Schools, JCC's, Kollels, and other Jewish institutions. Isn't it better to be prepared and have armed security, than not to be prepared? Crown Heights is surrounded by some unsavory residents who hate Yidden, and would not hesitate to attack Jews. Yidden must always be on their guard.

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 Dec 09, 2014 at 05:57 AM Dovy Says:

The victim has wounds to the chest, abdomen, head and neck.

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 Dec 09, 2014 at 05:59 AM MarkTwain2 Says:

Reply to #2  
Anonymous Says:

All shuls, schools, halls must have a security guard with only one entrance and exit as these type incidents are on the rise globally due to many factors.

While your plan of one exit only has the advantage of forcing any threat to approach only that way, it has the disadvantage of leaving no alternate escape route for people trapped inside with the threat (think Har Nof). Also for non-terrorist threats, multiple entrances/exits are needed and sometimes required - think fire exits.

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 Dec 09, 2014 at 05:59 AM Hersh Says:

The incident is being classified as criminal rather than a terrorist event, albeit possibly a hate crime.

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 Dec 09, 2014 at 06:14 AM Defense Says:

One of the shocking things is that several Yidden are standing relatively close to the perp and talking to him. Someone armed with a long knife is extremely dangerous--as this man turned out to be.

Another shocking things: the police are trying to get Yidden out of there, and instead people are standing around talking to the perp. Get out and let them do their job.

It is a case like this that should convince all reasonable New Yorkers (which might exclude the mayor) that the police do a great job and are needed to protect all of us.

Everyone should have run out, or thrown sefarim, chairs etc at the perp, rather than talk with him.

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 Dec 09, 2014 at 07:07 AM yankee96 Says:

with a gun,this could have been disastrous,so security must be beefed up everywhere jews get together.

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 Dec 09, 2014 at 07:18 AM Anonymous Says:

Must be racial. Why else would you shoot a clearly deranged person who had just stabbed someone in the head in an attempt to kill, was wielding the same weapon and was in a place where he could not possibly have any other motive to be there.
When the demonstrators march on this matter, I would expect that while they raise there hands and chant "dont shoot" they will be holding a knife dipped in blood.

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 Dec 09, 2014 at 07:19 AM They will clasify a hate crime 2 days later when kot a breakimg news anymore Says:

Think that possibly they woll only classify this a hate crime some 2 days later whem it's not such a breaking news anymore... typical . And another thought I have... the black were not doing much of this lately ... I think it's lone wolfs from arab inciting from TV and liberal media reporting twisted stuff. And from התגרות באו מות. One example: allow jews go to Makom Hamikdash side. We are toasted!!!

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 Dec 09, 2014 at 07:23 AM SandmanNY Says:

I also saw the amateur video. The perpetrator didn't listen to the police. Just before he was shot, he makes aggressive moves. He certainly didn't put the knife down. On another note, it is ironic how many times the "F" word was uttered in this holy place. I know police are amped on adrenaline at such a time. It just was hard to hear, especially in a place where many of us may have davened, Chabad or not Chabad. May Hashem restore the full health of Levy Yitzchok ben Raizel.

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 Dec 09, 2014 at 07:26 AM mewhoze Says:

how about having Sharpton march with the yidden now due to this attack? oh wait, why would he....we are not his ''brothers''

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 Dec 09, 2014 at 07:40 AM Benny Says:

Hey man, no justice no peace

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 Dec 09, 2014 at 07:47 AM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #2  
Anonymous Says:

All shuls, schools, halls must have a security guard with only one entrance and exit as these type incidents are on the rise globally due to many factors.

There are multiple police just outside 770

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 Dec 09, 2014 at 07:47 AM sighber Says:

People will say why couldn't four policemen tackle the perp? Or why didn't they throw something at him or use tasers? Crown Heights doesn't need Sharpton around.

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 Dec 09, 2014 at 08:03 AM 1thebelzer Says:

Thanks to the NYPD!

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 Dec 09, 2014 at 08:09 AM Adam_Neira Says:

Incredible video...

The Lubavitch guys were very brave standing their ground trying to calm the perpetrator down. They were all trying to get him to drop the knife. The main policeman was very patient. He gave the black guy numerous, repeated warnings, but he wanted to play games. You do not go brandishing knives in a synagogue, a mosque or a church.

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 Dec 09, 2014 at 08:15 AM Isaac60 Says:

The blood of the victim is on the hands of Mayor D'blasio and his chief of staff the race hustler Al Sharpton, give it a little more time with this administration and we will agree that David Dinkins was a great mayor.

Mr. Mayor, your son Dante could have been in the shul

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 Dec 09, 2014 at 08:22 AM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #7  
Dovy Says:

The victim has wounds to the chest, abdomen, head and neck.

Amazing considering only one shot was fired.

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 Dec 09, 2014 at 08:25 AM Anonymous Says:

Defense #10 - you said exactly what I was thinking. There needs to be more awareness in our community about what to do in these situations. These bochurim put themselves at risk unnecessarily.

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 Dec 09, 2014 at 08:25 AM Anonymous Says:

This is the outcome of the President's and the Mayors reckless actions by protecting the criminals against the Police.

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 Dec 09, 2014 at 08:29 AM yaakov doe Says:

Clearly the man was deranged. The cop handled the situation appropriatly. The critics should realize there was no time to the ESU or call for a stun gun. One should listen to the cops and face arrest rather than more serious conequences.

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 Dec 09, 2014 at 08:30 AM fat36 Says:

Are those guys crazy to stand around trying to negotiate with a lunatic at least get a stick or something to Defen yourself order whack the guy over the head

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 Dec 09, 2014 at 08:34 AM Anonymous Says:

awaiting Obama news conference how anti semitism is rooted in our society.this was obvious a planned attack against jews .

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 Dec 09, 2014 at 08:40 AM tar45 Says:

Hmm. No comment from mayor sharpton and his aide deblasio. Hmm no comment from our so called race baiter leader in the white house about this event in a house of prayer. Oh!! Yeah!! I forgot we ate Jews and they are--------------SIC

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 Dec 09, 2014 at 08:43 AM Insider Says:

Reb no. 14, please understand that the use of profanities by police is specifically to intimidate the perpetrator. It would have been much preferable for the criminal not to have entered the shul at all. Everyone else should have immediately exited from the scene and allowed the police to limit the danger and do the job they are trained to do. Heaven bless the police.

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 Dec 09, 2014 at 09:07 AM puppydogs Says:

Thank You NYPD!!! #PoliceLivesMatter

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 Dec 09, 2014 at 09:09 AM Crown Heightser Says:

Reply to #17  
Anonymous Says:

There are multiple police just outside 770

They do NOTHING. The huge van outside the JCM is usually empty. There is a patrol car (sometimes) but it is often empty or the cops are sleeping or on their cell. This cop did what he had to do, but a Black bum wandering into 770 in the early hours should have been noticed. Security doesn't exist there & that has to change TODAY.

As for that stupid little guy with the heavy beard - another Israeli- what on earth was he still doing there? He really thinks he is going to be the hero who gets the knife away from the lunatic? And where was backup for the cop?

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 Dec 09, 2014 at 09:10 AM Crowm Heightser Says:

Reply to #22  
Isaac60 Says:

The blood of the victim is on the hands of Mayor D'blasio and his chief of staff the race hustler Al Sharpton, give it a little more time with this administration and we will agree that David Dinkins was a great mayor.

Mr. Mayor, your son Dante could have been in the shul

So could Obama's "son" Trayvon.

Dinkins a great mayor? ARE YOU INSANE? You obviously don't live in Crown Heights.

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 Dec 09, 2014 at 09:12 AM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #8  
MarkTwain2 Says:

While your plan of one exit only has the advantage of forcing any threat to approach only that way, it has the disadvantage of leaving no alternate escape route for people trapped inside with the threat (think Har Nof). Also for non-terrorist threats, multiple entrances/exits are needed and sometimes required - think fire exits.

Reply to #8
One entrance with a security guard. Several one way fire type exit emergency doors only but not used for entry way.
Security cameras are a must, and volunteer student patrol equipped with communication to local security company in the event of emergency besides calling 911.

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 Dec 09, 2014 at 09:17 AM WebbeRebbe Says:

Every Jew a .22 or better yet a .45 to stay alive.

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 Dec 09, 2014 at 09:43 AM MarkTwain2 Says:

Reply to #34  
Anonymous Says:

Reply to #8
One entrance with a security guard. Several one way fire type exit emergency doors only but not used for entry way.
Security cameras are a must, and volunteer student patrol equipped with communication to local security company in the event of emergency besides calling 911.

Your plan would have failed in HarNof where two terrorists with guns both entered. Let's even said the guard and one terrorist kill each other. That leaves one terrorist armed with a gun with no exits. Is it legal to keep pepper spray in a shul? Should our community be promoting self defense training?

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 Dec 09, 2014 at 09:54 AM Anonymous Says:

As an admitted cop hater, I have to say that in this case the NYPD officer in the video handled the bum appropriately. His patience and caution is evident in the clip, as is his fear. Then again, he's white, which makes him on a far superior level than his comrades. Likely due to his educational background and mentality which is not ingrained with a sense of entitlement that the entire black race (including his black comrades, who likely grew up in the slums) feels the world owes them because of their slavery past.
WHERE IS THE JEWISH OUTRAGE?????????

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 Dec 09, 2014 at 09:55 AM yosher Says:

The VIN video clip has some Chabbadnick saying multiple times that the policeman was asleep in their command and control van. In the current climate of anti police sentiment this will surely endear Chabbad to the NYPD.

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 Dec 09, 2014 at 09:55 AM sighber Says:

It says on a Lubavitch side that he did not say "Jew", rather "all of you"

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 Dec 09, 2014 at 10:00 AM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #14  
SandmanNY Says:

I also saw the amateur video. The perpetrator didn't listen to the police. Just before he was shot, he makes aggressive moves. He certainly didn't put the knife down. On another note, it is ironic how many times the "F" word was uttered in this holy place. I know police are amped on adrenaline at such a time. It just was hard to hear, especially in a place where many of us may have davened, Chabad or not Chabad. May Hashem restore the full health of Levy Yitzchok ben Raizel.

Re: your comment about the f-word. From the perspective of someone living outside the USA, it's revolting to hear an officer uses it even once. In the UK it's only politicians that use such expletives (when stopped by police). The Police are professional and clean-mouthed.

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 Dec 09, 2014 at 10:04 AM awacs Says:

Reply to #33  
Crowm Heightser Says:

So could Obama's "son" Trayvon.

Dinkins a great mayor? ARE YOU INSANE? You obviously don't live in Crown Heights.

I think #22 was being sarcastic ...

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 Dec 09, 2014 at 11:23 AM jason Says:

Reply to #10  
Defense Says:

One of the shocking things is that several Yidden are standing relatively close to the perp and talking to him. Someone armed with a long knife is extremely dangerous--as this man turned out to be.

Another shocking things: the police are trying to get Yidden out of there, and instead people are standing around talking to the perp. Get out and let them do their job.

It is a case like this that should convince all reasonable New Yorkers (which might exclude the mayor) that the police do a great job and are needed to protect all of us.

Everyone should have run out, or thrown sefarim, chairs etc at the perp, rather than talk with him.

While I agree action should of taken place. Throwing sefarim, chairs etc at the perp may not be a proper response especially if a gun was present this could of been a much different story.

I don't know the details of the attack, but as soon as the bochur was stabbed, the assailant should of been jumped by a number of other people to detain and disarm the attacker as many more could of been stabbed or killed. This is the mentality that is needed to defend off attackers. Even if it means putting another individual in harms way. It couldn't hurt to have trained security (bochur or other) carrying a hand gun. Time to start training Krav Maga and Brazilian Ju Jitzu in the Yeshivas as "physical education" course. This will happen again.

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 Dec 09, 2014 at 01:04 PM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #40  
Anonymous Says:

Re: your comment about the f-word. From the perspective of someone living outside the USA, it's revolting to hear an officer uses it even once. In the UK it's only politicians that use such expletives (when stopped by police). The Police are professional and clean-mouthed.

Oh please. I have seen first hand anti-Semitism in England. A few examples for you: While touring a London Museum a security guard mockingly whistled Hava Nagila, standting on a line, two "proper" Englishmen said to one another as a Lubavitcher walked by them, "oh I'd love to take a knife and shear off that bloody beard of his." If you think your policemen are alter boys and never curse, you probably just never heard them.

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 Dec 09, 2014 at 01:05 PM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #40  
Anonymous Says:

Re: your comment about the f-word. From the perspective of someone living outside the USA, it's revolting to hear an officer uses it even once. In the UK it's only politicians that use such expletives (when stopped by police). The Police are professional and clean-mouthed.

The world is a dangerous place. Some Yidden, still have not gotten that message.

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 Dec 09, 2014 at 12:31 PM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #37  
Anonymous Says:

As an admitted cop hater, I have to say that in this case the NYPD officer in the video handled the bum appropriately. His patience and caution is evident in the clip, as is his fear. Then again, he's white, which makes him on a far superior level than his comrades. Likely due to his educational background and mentality which is not ingrained with a sense of entitlement that the entire black race (including his black comrades, who likely grew up in the slums) feels the world owes them because of their slavery past.
WHERE IS THE JEWISH OUTRAGE?????????

You are a bigot, but I understand.

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 Dec 09, 2014 at 02:19 PM Crown Heightser Says:

URGENT TEHILLIM NEEDED!!! Levi is undergoing emergency surgery for bleeding on the brain. Please say kapital 20 & 23 for Levi Yitzchak ben Raizel.

(and perhaps stop fighting for 2 minutes?)

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 Dec 09, 2014 at 05:48 PM ayinglefunadorf Says:

Reply to #5  
Chabadnik Says:

Probably. Al sharpton & de Blasio will protest this poor "tzaddik's brutal murder by the cruel NYPD." But i saw the video & the officer gave the lowlife plenty of chances to drop the knife. He deserved everything he got.

The problem is, there is zero security at 770. This has to change. Please be mispalel for Levi Yitzchok ben Raizel.

" Was this guy Black? or White Christian Male?

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