יוסף נוימן
Josef Neumann
Photo: courtesy
Josef Neumann

Family of machete Hanukkah attack victim calls for end of hatred

Daughter of Josef Neuman, who was seriously wounded during the deadly stabbing attack in Monsey, says she wants 'to go to synagogues and feel safe'; the 72-year-old has been unconscious since last week's attack

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Published: 01.02.20 , 21:49
The daughter of a man gravely wounded in an attack on a Hanukkah celebration north of New York City made an emotional plea Thursday to end hatred and anti-Semitism, saying she hopes her father regains consciousness "to a changed world."
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  • "We want our kids to go to school and feel safe," Nicky Cohen, the daughter of Josef Neumann, told reporters in front of her home in Rockland County.
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    יוסף נוימן
    יוסף נוימן
    Josef Neumann
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    "We want to go to synagogues and feel safe. We want to go to grocery stores and malls and feel safe."
    Neumann, 72, has been unconscious since Saturday when an attacker with a machete rushed into a rabbi's home in Monsey, New York, and wounded five people during a Hanukkah celebration.
    Neumann remained in intensive care at Westchester Medical Center and was undergoing surgery Thursday morning, she said.
    The family released a statement this week saying Neumann, a father of seven, may have permanent brain damage. The family also released a photograph of Neumann showing his head injuries.
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    תיעוד מזירת הדקירות במונסי
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    The scene of the attack
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    "The doctors do not have high hopes for him," Cohen said. "If he wakes up he may never be able to walk, talk or even process speech again."
    "We hope he wakes to a changed world with peace, unity and love for all," she added. "Let's stand up together and stop the hatred."
    The man charged with hate crimes and attempted murder in the attack, Grafton Thomas, had handwritten journals containing anti-Semitic comments and a swastika and had researched Hitler's hatred of Jews online, prosecutors said.
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    פיגוע במסיבת חנוכה בעיירה מונסי במדינת ניו יורק הדוקר גרפטון תומאס
    פיגוע במסיבת חנוכה בעיירה מונסי במדינת ניו יורק הדוקר גרפטון תומאס
    The aggressor, Grafton Thomas
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    Thomas' lawyer and family said he has struggled for years with mental illness, saying he was raised in a tolerant home and hadn't previously shown any animosity toward Jewish people.
    Cohen described Neumann as a people person and "just an all-around fabulous guy." She recalled a time from her childhood when he had stopped to help a man on the side of the road.
    "I hope he wakes up soon and can tell you himself," said Neumann's son, David Neumann. "ll I know is they are not very hopeful."

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