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Why hero in Hanukkah attack is declining $20K reward

Posted at 10:33 PM, Feb 22, 2020
and last updated 2020-02-22 23:31:22-05

WEST NYACK, N.Y. -- An Orthodox Jewish man credited as a hero for attacking a knife-wielding man who stabbed five during a Dec. 28 Hanukkah celebration in New York is refusing to take a $20,000 reward from established Jewish groups because he considers them Zionists and while his particular sect is anti-Zionist.

Rabbi Dovid Feldman of Monsey said Josef Gluck's decision stems from the discomfort he and some other Hasidic and ultra-Orthodox Jews have with organizations like the Jewish Federation and Anti-Defamation League that offered the reward, the Journal News reported.

Feldman is a leader of Neturei Karta International. It's Orthodox Jewish members believe "the entire concept of a sovereign Jewish state is contrary to Jewish Law.”