The Times of Israel liveblogged Sunday’s events as they unfolded.
Five people have been injured in the stabbing attack outside of a synagogue in Monsey, according to latest reports from the scene.
They are said to range from critical condition to some already having been discharged from the hospital.
Authorities say two of the stabbing victims in the Monsey attack are in critical condition, with another victim’s injuries described as “severe.”
New York officials are condemning the stabbing at a Monsey synagogue and call for additional efforts to combat rising anti-Semitism.
I am deeply disturbed by the situation unfolding in Monsey, New York tonight.
There is zero tolerance for acts of hate of any kind and we will continue to monitor this horrific situation.
I stand with the Jewish community tonight and every night.
— NY AG James (@NewYorkStateAG) December 29, 2019
There have been NINE anti-Semitic attacks in NYC in the past week.
And now this horror tonight just outside the city, in Monsey.
This is a full blown crisis. None of what we are doing is good enough.https://t.co/VXFnUSW694
— Mark D. Levine (@MarkLevineNYC) December 29, 2019
Being Jewish should not mean living in fear. These reports are heartbreaking and horrifying.
I want to be very clear: we must redouble our efforts to keep our community safe in the face of rising anti-Semitism. https://t.co/E82Lp6p9GC
— Scott M. Stringer (@NYCComptroller) December 29, 2019
Yossi Gestetner, a co-founder of the Orthodox Jewish Public Affairs Council (OJPAC) for the Hudson Valley region, tells the New York Times one of the Monsey stabbing victims is a son of the rabbi.
“The house had many dozens of people in there,” Gestetner says. “It was a Hanukkah celebration.”
Two people were reportedly in critical condition, OJPAC adds.
A local law enforcement official says a “possible suspect” has been located who may be linked to the Monsey attack.
The vehicle used in the rampage has been found.
— Chris Eberhart (@ChrisEberhart2) December 29, 2019
New York City Mayor Bill De Balsio says he won’t let attacks on Jews become the “new normal.”
“We will NOT allow this to become the new normal. We’ll use every tool we have to stop these attacks once and for all. The NYPD has deployed a visible and growing presence around Jewish houses of worship on the streets in communities like Williamsburg, Crown Heights and Boro Park,” he tweets.
“I’ve spoken to longtime friends who, for the first time in their lives, are fearful to show outward signs of their Jewish faith,” he also writes.
So many Jewish families in our city have close ties to Monsey. We cannot overstate the fear people are feeling right now.
I’ve spoken to longtime friends who, for the first time in their lives, are fearful to show outward signs of their Jewish faith. https://t.co/KUUHlu6guY
— Mayor Bill de Blasio (@NYCMayor) December 29, 2019
We will NOT allow this to become the new normal. We’ll use every tool we have to stop these attacks once and for all. The NYPD has deployed a visible and growing presence around Jewish houses of worship on the streets in communities like Williamsburg, Crown Heights and Boro Park.
— Mayor Bill de Blasio (@NYCMayor) December 29, 2019
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo says he’s directed the police’s hate crimes division “to immediately investigate and to use every tool available to hold the attacker accountable to the fullest extent of the law.”
He condemns the Monsey stabbing as a “despicable and cowardly act.”
I am horrified by the stabbing of multiple people at a synagogue in Rockland County tonight.
We have zero tolerance for anti-Semitism in NY and we will hold the attacker accountable to the fullest extent of the law.
NY stands with the Jewish community. pic.twitter.com/JILUoFXJc9
— Andrew Cuomo (@NYGovCuomo) December 29, 2019
The Anti-Defamation League calls for greater security protection for American Jewish communities.
After the hateful assaults we saw this past week in Brooklyn and Manhattan, it is heart-wrenching to see the holiday of Hanukkah violated yet again. We are outraged because the answer is clear: the Jewish community NEEDS greater protection.
— Jonathan Greenblatt (@JGreenblattADL) December 29, 2019
President Reuven Rivlin condemns the Monsey stabbing, saying in a tweet he’s “shocked and devastated by the terrible terror attack in New York.”
“The resurgent anti-Semitism is not only a problem for the Jewish people, and certainly not for Israel alone. We must work together to confront this evil which is again and again raising its head and represents a real danger to the entire world,” he writes.
Yisrael Beytenu leader Avigdor Liberman also sends well-wishes to the victims of the Monsey stabbing.
In a Hebrew-language tweet, he writes: “Again and again, we are witnesses to the dire consequences of anti-Semitism, this time in Monsey, New York. Alongside the deep sadness and wishes for a speedy recovery to the injured, it’s important to know that the main solution to these trends is immigration to Israel.”
He is also joined by Blue and White’s Yair Lapid, who also sends wishes for a fast recovery to the New York stabbing victims.
“Anti-Semitism won’t defeat us, won’t destroy our spirit,” writes Lapid in Hebrew. “The community in Monsey today, too, will light the last candle of Hanukkah and pray for good news.”
Condemning the Monsey attack on a Hasidic community, Foreign Minister Israel Katz says Israelis must refrain from derogatory comments against the ultra-Orthodox in Israel.
“This hate crime requires us to learn to avoid, in the Israeli discourse, derogatory comments about the Haredi community in Israel,” the foreign minister tells Kan radio.
He expresses “heavy shock” over the attack.
The Ramapo Police Department, in a statement on Facebook, confirm a suspect in the Monsey stabbing has been apprehended.
“The suspect fled the scene, but he is in custody at this time. This investigation is still ongoing,” it says.
Blue and White leader Benny Gantz describes the Monsey attack as “horrific” and expresses confidence New York law enforcement will “do everything to stop this alarming trend.”
I have no doubt that the American authorities, who took the attacker into custody, will show zero tolerance and will do everything to stop this alarming trend.
— בני גנץ – Benny Gantz (@gantzbe) December 29, 2019
Shaken residents of Monsey are taking to social media to express their fears about anti-Semitic attacks in their town.
I am sure I'm not the only Jew in Monsey that us up at this hour 2AM.
Attacks against Jews is increasing. Yes we need to fight hate with Love and Prayer. But I think we should also have a conversation about training to fight and carrying guns. #SleeplessinMonsey
— Yoely Lebovits (@Badchen) December 29, 2019
I live in Monsey, NY. We are all terrified.
— Eliyahu Fink (@efink) December 29, 2019
— Sam🇺🇸 (@samlipschitz) December 29, 2019
Stabbing at my family's synagogue an hour ago in Monsey. It's truly a miracle that no one in my family was there…
Another attack on Jews in my hometown. This is starting to feel scary. https://t.co/XNqFtZz9GG
— Shayndi Raice (@Shayndi) December 29, 2019
Deputy Health Minister Yaakov Litzman, the leader of the ultra-Orthodox United Torah Judaism party, joins Israeli politicians in expressing dismay over the Monsey stabbing.
“It is shocking to see time and again innocent people being harmed and persecuted simply for being Jewish,” says Litzman. “This is a terrible situation and US leaders and authorities, as in the entire world, must put an end to it and uproot this affliction.”
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu denounces the stabbing in Monsey, New York.
“Israel strongly condemns the latest expressions of anti-Semitism and the cruel attack in the middle of Hanukkah at the home of the rabbi in Monsey,” Netanyahu says at the opening of the weekly cabinet meeting.
“We send wishes for recovery to those injured. We will cooperate in any way with local authorities to help wipe out this phenomenon. We offer this help to all countries.”
The Simon Wiesenthal Center, in a statement, calls on US President Donald Trump to instruct the FBI to form a special task force following the Monsey stabbing “in wake of unending attacks against Jews and their religious institutions.”
“Enough is enough! Jews should not have to fear for their lives in America to go to their houses of worship,” the center says. “The FBI must step up and take the lead in all recent violent hate crimes targeting religious Jews.”
It also urges African American leaders to “speak out against the spate of recent hate crimes in New York and New Jersey carried out by African Americans.”
United Torah Judaism’s Yaakov Litzman is appointed as health minister, the ministry says, a bump up from his previous position of “deputy minister with the status of minister.”
The move, which was expected, comes after it became clear that Litzman could not continue to serve in his role as deputy with the power of a full minister if the formal health minister is not the prime minister. Benjamin Netanyahu held that position thus far, but must step down from the other ministerial positions he holds due to the corruption charges announced against him in three corruption cases.
Netanyahu’s role as health minister was nominal only, as the ministry is actually run by Litzman, who has been deputy minister for several years.
Litzman recently won approval from the spiritual leaders who guide his ultra-Orthodox party to take on the full minister role, a position normally shunned by his ultra-Orthodox community. Like other UTJ leaders before him, Litzman had refused to take a full ministerial position due to the community’s reluctance to grant full legitimacy to a secular Jewish state.
The expected appointment was denounced yesterday by some Australian Jews over suspicions Litzman has sought to prevent the extradition of an accused serial sex offender, Malka Leifer, to Australia.
Leifer, a former school principal wanted for alleged sex crimes in Australia, is known to have links to the Gur Hasidic sect, of which Litzman is a member.
Anti-Semitic graffiti linking Jews to the September 11, 2001, attacks is daubed on many cafes and shops in the London neighborhoods of Hampstead and Belsize Park.
James Sorene of the Britain Israel Communications and Research Centre tweets a photo of one of the scenes, where the Hampstead Cafe once stood, and writes: “This is horrifying, graffiti on a former Israeli style restaurant in Hampstead this morning.
This is horrifying, graffiti on a former Israeli style restaurant in Hampstead this morning: pic.twitter.com/74jvC8RyMw
— James Sorene (@Jsorene) December 29, 2019
“Just to add to this: the 9/11 refers to an antisemitic conspiracy theory that Jewish people were somehow responsible for the twin towers attacks in New York.”
The Board of Deputies of British Jews says: “This is a reminder that antisemitism is still with us. Thanks @CST_UK for reporting to @MPSCamden. We hope action is taken to find & punish the perpetrators. Let’s all work to defeat antisemitism in 2020!”
UK: anti-Semitic graffiti on walls all over Hampstead and Belsize Park this morning pic.twitter.com/UAbUNtou3W
— Amichai Stein (@AmichaiStein1) December 29, 2019
In the first time an Australian Jewish leader has sent an open letter to an Israeli prime minister, Zionist Federation of Australia Chairman Jeremy Leibler calls Yaakov Litzman’s appointment as health minister a “slap in the face” to Australian Jewry.
In an open letter to Netanyahu, Leibler adds that Australian-Israel friendship must “go both ways.”
נשיא הפדרציה הציונית באוסטרליה במכתב זועם לנתניהו: מינוי יעקב ליצמן לשר הבריאות הוא סטירה בפרצופה של הקהילה יהודית👇 pic.twitter.com/4pKpNYmXnw
— Noa Landau נעה לנדאו (@noa_landau) December 29, 2019
Ofer Cassif, the only Jewish lawmaker representing the predominantly Arab Joint List in the Knesset, reacts to the Monsey stabbing by blaming it on US President Donald Trump.
“Hatred of human beings is infectious: Where Trump incites against Muslims and immigrants, anti-Semitic movements will thrive and Jews will be attacked,” he tweets.
“My condolences to the community and wishing recovery to the wounded, and hoping that the world manages to overcome a tsunami of racist hatred.”
Anat Dayan, a 47-year-old resident of the coastal city of Ashkelon, is charged with stealing more than NIS 620,000 ($180,000) from a blind Holocaust survivor, Hebrew-language media reports.
The woman has been working for the 83-year-old man for three years, helping him with financial and bureaucratic issues. She had full access to his credit card details.
The Holocaust survivor’s son discovered the theft last month, when her employment was terminated.
Prosecutors file a request to keep the defendant in custody until the end of court proceedings.
A group of politicians from Britain’s opposition Labour Party have called for “fundamental change” within their party’s leadership.
The comments follow a parliamentary election earlier this month that gave Labour its worst election defeat since 1935 and made pro-Brexit Prime Minister Boris Johnson the most electorally successful leader of the Conservative Party since Margaret Thatcher.
In a letter published in The Observer newspaper, the 11-strong group of former Labour legislators and candidates call for an “unflinching” review of the party’s failed campaign.
The group blames Labour’s lack of popularity with voters on “nationalization and uncontrolled spending commitments,” as well as “cronyism at the top of our party” and a “repeated unwillingness to stand up to the stain of anti-Semitism.”
The letter highlights the party’s loss of seats “in every region… with the biggest swing against us from the poorest people.”
In order to regain Labour’s popularity, the group says “fundamental change at the top of our party is required. Only this will help us recover from the catastrophic loss of 12 December.”
After Labour’s poor showing in the December 12 general election, left-wing party leader Jeremy Corbyn said he intended to step down.
Politicians vying to replace Corbyn as party leader are expected to announce their candidacies in the new year. He has agreed to step down when a new leader is chosen.
US television publishes a video of the suspect in the stabbing rampage in Monsey, New York.
CBS2 publishes the footage of the unnamed African American man, saying he was arrested in Harlem after a two-hour chase.
— כאן חדשות (@kann_news) December 29, 2019
A 48-year-old construction worker dies after being hit in the head by a concrete pump at a construction site in the city of Kiryat Gat, the Magen David Adom ambulance service says.
Paramedics pronounce him dead at the scene.
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo visits the home of Rabbi Chaim Rottenberg in Monsey, where a stabbing rampage took place last night, injuring five people.
— Jacob Kornbluh (@jacobkornbluh) December 29, 2019
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo calls the Monsey stabbing rampage “an act of domestic terrorism,” adding that the state stands “in solidarity with all members of the Jewish community.”
“This is an act of terrorism. I think these are domestic terrorists. They are trying to inflict fear,” he tells reporters.
Visiting the site of the attack, Cuomo adds: “We are going to enforce the laws and make sure acts like this do not happen — and if they happen, they are punished to the fullest extent of the law.”
Governor Cuomo arriving at home of Monsey Rabbi Chaim Rottenberg, the Kossoner Rebbe people, after unidentified individual stabbed five orthodox Jews in his house last night pic.twitter.com/iuXPbWgj3M
— Satmar550 (@Satmar550) December 29, 2019
The government approves a plan to invest more than NIS 200 million ($57.8 million) in the development of Druze and Circassian communities during the year 2020.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Minister for Regional Cooperation Tzachi Hanegbi meet leaders of both communities to update them on the decision and provide details of the plan, according to a spokesperson for Netanyahu.
The Cabinet approved today a proposal that was put forward by PM Netanyahu and the Ministers of Regional Cooperation, Finance and Interior to Invest over NIS 200 Million in Druze and Circassian communities.
The goal: reducing the economic and social gaps. pic.twitter.com/DftX30E9l7
— Ofir Gendelman (@ofirgendelman) December 29, 2019
The Hamas-run interior ministry in Gaza will issue an “important statement” regarding the elimination of Baha Abu al-Ata, who was a senior commander in the Palestinian Islamic Jihad terror group, spokesman Iyad al-Bozm tweets.
Israel’s killing of the terror chief in a strike last month led to days of rocket attacks from Gaza toward Israeli civilian targets and retaliatory IDF strikes on Islamic Jihad targets.
— with Adam Rasgon
Ramapo Police Chief Brad Weidel says the suspect in the Hannukah stabbings north of New York City is in custody and faces five counts of attempted murder and one count of burglary.
The suspect arrested over the stabbing spree in Monsey is named by US media reports as Thomas Grafton, 37, from Greenwood Lake, New York.
While US President Donald Trump has yet to comment on the stabbing rampage at a rabbi’s home in Monsey, his daughter Ivanka has called it “an act of pure evil.”
She criticizes US media for not focusing enough attention on the recent spate of anti-Semitic incidents in New York, and the local Democrat-led government for not adequately fighting the phenomenon.
Attacks on Jewish New Yorkers were reported almost every single day this past week.
The increasing frequency of anti-Semitic violence in New York (and around the country) receives far too little local governmental action and national press attention.https://t.co/ZfpJL8Pghc
— Ivanka Trump (@IvankaTrump) December 29, 2019
The Hamas terror group claims in a statement that its security forces in Gaza have arrested a cell that collected info on Palestinian Islamic Jihad terror chief Baha Abu al-Ata, who was killed in an Israeli strike, and monitored his movements.
The statement alleges that the cell was made up of officers in Palestinian Authority intelligence.
Likud minister Yariv Levin likens the High Court of Justice to Iranian religious fundamentalists, two days before Israel’s top court is set to rule on whether Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu can form a government while he faces criminal charges.
“What is supposed to be democratic elections has become a council like the Islamic fanatics in Iran,” Levin tells Army Radio. “The very fact this High Court discussion is being held is absolutely outrageous, no matter its outcome.”
The security cabinet approves Defense Minister Naftali Bennett’s proposal to deduct NIS 150 million ($43 million) from the money Israel transfers to the Palestinian Authority.
The amount matches the sum the PA is expected to pay terror convicts in Israeli jails and families of Palestinian terrorists in monthly salaries — an issue over which Israel has made similar deductions in the past.
Hamas publishes what it describes as footage of the Israeli airstrike in Gaza last month that killed Palestinian Islamic Jihad terror chief Baha Abu al-Ata, an operation that kicked off two days of intense fighting.
— Or Heller אור הלר (@OrHeller) December 29, 2019
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Blue and White party leader Benny Gantz attend separate candle-lighting events on the last evening of Hanukkah.
Gantz participates at a ceremony at the Western Wall along with the Sephardi Chief Rabbi of Israel Yitzhak Yosef — ignoring criticism from liberal organizations who urged him to boycott the event since it excludes women.
He reacts to the Monsey, New York, stabbing at a rabbi’s home, vowing to “strengthen communities abroad after the latest incident we went through tonight.” He also calls IDF soldiers guarding Israel’s borders “today’s Maccabees.”
Netanyahu, meanwhile, speaks at a candle-lighting at the Prime Minister’s Office in Jerusalem with employees and their kids.
“If the Maccabees who fought for our existence 2,200 years ago could look into the future and see their descendants founded the country which is now ranked the eighth-strongest country in the world — then we are the Maccabees,” he says.
The United States has bombed the headquarters of the Iran-backed Iraqi Hezbollah militia on the Iraq-Syria border, Sky News Arabia reports.
The unconfirmed report says multiple drones struck the building.
After his defeat by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Thursday’s primary vote for the Likud party leadership, MK Gideon Sa’ar arrives at a Likud Hanukkah candlelighting event, which will be led by Netanyahu — the rivals’ first event together since the vote.
Sa’ar had said he would accept the results, but many were still waiting to see if he would attend the event.
גדעון סער הגיע לאירוע של הליכוד pic.twitter.com/AdoU5uWvGl
— Anna Rayva-Barsky (@AnnaBarskiy) December 29, 2019
While US President Donald Trump is still mum on the Monsey, New York stabbing rampage at a rabbi’s home that left five injured, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in a tweet urges action against anti-Semitism.
Antisemitism & hate have no place anywhere in our world and we must continue to stand together against them. Last night’s attack on Jews celebrating Hanukkah in New York is a sad reminder of the rising numbers of such heinous acts. We must all come together to end them.
— Justin Trudeau (@JustinTrudeau) December 29, 2019
The United States has bombed the headquarters of the Iran-backed Iraqi Hezbollah militia in Iraq and Syria, the Pentagon says, following a rocket attack in Iraq that killed a US civilian contractor.
“In response to repeated Kata’ib Hizbollah (KH) attacks on Iraqi bases that host Operation Inherent Resolve (OIR) coalition forces, US forces have conducted precision defensive strikes against five KH facilities in Iraq and Syria that will degrade KH’s ability to conduct future attacks against OIR coalition forces,” a Pentagon spokesman says in a statement.
On Friday a barrage of 30 rockets was fired at the K1 Iraqi military base in Kirkuk, an oil-rich region north of Baghdad, a US official told AFP, killing a US civilian contractor.
Defense Minister Naftali Bennett attends a Hanukkah candlelighting event with IDF soldiers at the Tomb of the Patriarchs in the West Bank city of Hebron.
In his speech, Bennett touts his decision to establish a new Jewish neighborhood in the flashpoint city, where some 1,000 Jews live among more than 200,000 Palestinians.
“I cannot think of a better place to light the last candle of Hanukkah,” he says. “Anyone who chooses to live here is a hero to me. Hebron is like the heart — and without the heart, the whole body won’t survive.”
The Arab kingdom of Bahrain, which has warmed up to Israel and the West in recent months, is one of the first countries to send condolences over the stabbing spree in the United States at a Monsey rabbi’s home, although it does not mention Jews in the statement.
“The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Kingdom of Bahrain condemns the terrorist knife attack that took place near New York City in the United States of America, which resulted in the injury of a number of people, wishing them a speedy recovery,” the country’s Foreign Ministry says.
“The ministry stresses the solidarity of the kingdom with the United States of America in the face against terrorism, reiterating the unwavering position of the Kingdom of Bahrain in rejecting violence, extremism and terrorism regardless of its forms and motives.”
A Channel 12 poll predicts yet another deadlock if Knesset elections were held today, but with a slight gain for the right-wing religious bloc supporting Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu since for the first time, an alliance of the national religious Jewish Home party with the far-right Otzma Yehudit — which still has to be finalized — is predicted to pass the electoral threshold and get four seats in parliament.
Also according to the survey, released about two months before the third election within a year, the public does not support the idea of granting Netanyahu immunity from prosecution in three corruption cases, with just 33 percent supporting the move and 51% opposing it — indicating that there is significant objection even within the right wing.
The poll predicted 34 seats for Benny Gantz’s Blue and White party, 32 for Netanyahu’s Likud, 13 for the predominantly Arab Joint List, eight for kingmaker Avigdor Liberman’s Yisrael Beytenu, eight for Shas, seven for United Torah Judaism, five for Yamina, five for Labor-Gesher, four for the Democratic Camp and four for Jewish Home-Otzma Yehudit.
Netanyahu’s bloc of supporters gets 56 seats in the 120-member Knesset according to the poll. The center-left-Arab bloc also gets 56, with Liberman holding the balance of power.
Asked who is most suited to be prime minister, 40% prefer Netanyahu and 38% pick Gantz.
Meanwhile, a separate poll on the rival Channel 13 asks Netanyahu supporters who they will support as party leader after the Netanyahu era. A whopping 45% choose former Jerusalem mayor Nir Barkat, well ahead of Foreign Minister Israel Katz with 10% and Gideon Sa’ar, who lost Thursday to Netanyahu in a primary vote, with 5.5%. Culture Minister Miri Regev gets just 3.2%. 29% chose other people or refused to answer.
Among all Likud backers, Barkat still leads with 34%, but Sa’ar is close on his heels with 26%. Israel Katz has 8%, Knesset Speaker Yuli Edelstein has 3.3%, and 22% picked other candidates or gave another answer.
Foreign Minister Israel Katz praises the United States for its strikes on bases belonging to the Iran-backed Iraqi Hezbollah militia in Iraq and Syria, calling it “a turning point in the regional reality in light of the conduct of Iran and its metastases.”
“If the Iranians make a mistake in understanding the essence and power of the US, they will suffer blows they have never suffered before,” Katz says in a tweet.
Two men have been killed and two other are in critical condition in a shooting at a church near Dallas, Texas, according to US media.
The reports say the incident happened around 10 a.m., during communion at the West Freeway Church of Christ in White Settlement, a suburb of Fort Worth.
Reports say the shooter was taken down, without specifying if he is among the dead.
UPDATE: Livestream recording shows gunman getting up from his seat at a Texas church and opening fire, shooting 2 people before he gets shot by someone else. 2 confirmed dead, 1 critical. Motive unknown. pic.twitter.com/muAkbkkji3
— BNO News (@BNONews) December 29, 2019
After almost an entire day of silence, US President Donald Trump comments on the stabbing spree at a rabbi’s home in Monsey, New York that left five injured, calling it “horrific” and wishing the victims a full recovery.
The anti-Semitic attack in Monsey, New York, on the 7th night of Hanukkah last night is horrific. We must all come together to fight, confront, and eradicate the evil scourge of anti-Semitism. Melania and I wish the victims a quick and full recovery.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 29, 2019
The London synagogue that was targeted earlier today with anti-Semitic graffiti, along with other businesses in the north of the British capital, responds to the vandalism by urging unity between different communities to stand up to hatred.
“We are working closely with the Police and Camden Council,” South Hampstead Synagogue says in a message sent to its members. “In addition, the CST have been informed and we are working on removing this as quickly as possible.
“As a community, we regret the rise of hate speech in society. Social media is polluted with xenophobia, Islamophobia, homophobia, misogyny, racism and anti-Semitism. Sadly, these things are connected.
“This is a time for people of all backgrounds — of all faiths and of none — to stand united and show our determination that we do not tolerate prejudice, hate and division — on our streets or online.”