Grafton Thomas, 37-year-old suspect, allegedly entered the rabbi's property in Monsey, Rockland County, during celebrations for the Jewish festival of Hanukkah, knifing several people before fleeing.
Local media says the shooting took place in front of a synagogue, and that a hand grenade was also thrown into a Jewish cemetery.
The victim couldn’t cope with constant bullying at school and her family seeks justice at a time when hate crimes against Muslims are on the rise worldwide.
A manifesto by nearly 300 French personalities that urged prominent Muslims to obsolete anti-Jewish and anti-Christian references in the Quran has caused a furore in Turkey as well as in France.
Hate crimes in the European Union are on the rise and people of colour, especially Muslims, have been increasingly targeted in these crimes. But institutionalised racism, where no crimes are necessarily committed, is just as prevalent, and harmful.
The identities of the six victims of Sunday's shooting have also been released.
Mohammed Abu Khdeir was kidnapped and burned alive by three ultra-orthodox Israeli settlers. His family remembers him as a funny and ambitious boy.
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