Hate crimes charges against man accused in Hanukkah stabbing

RYAN TARINELLI, JIM MUSTIAN and LARRY NEUMEISTER Associated Press MONSEY, N.Y. (AP) — Handwritten journals containing anti-Semitic references were found in the home of the man charged with federal hate crimes Monday in the stabbing of five people celebrating Hanukkah at a rabbi's house north of New York City, authorities said. Grafton E. Thomas, 37, was expected to appear in federal court in White Plains to face five counts of obstructing the free exercise of religious beliefs by attempting to kill with a dangerous weapon and causing injuries in the Saturday attack. The stabbings on the seventh night of Hanukkah come amid a series of violent attacks targeting Jews in the region that have led to increased security, particularly around religious gatherings. A criminal complaint said
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