Schumer briefed by FBI on anti-Semitic attack in New York

Senate Minority Leader Charles SchumerCharles (Chuck) Ellis SchumerFederal judges should be allowed to be Federalist Society members Warren condemns 'horrific' Trump tweet on Minneapolis protests, other senators chime in VA hospitals mostly drop hydroxychloroquine as coronavirus treatment MORE (D-N.Y.) was briefed by the FBI on the anti-Semitic attack in New York and is calling for a federal investigation into the assault and other recent anti-Semitic incidents.

Schumer released a statement Sunday that demanded a “top-to-bottom federal investigation” for the “pure evil” attacks. 

“We must not, and cannot, tolerate these senseless attacks, and we must get to the bottom of why they are occurring in order to prevent them in the first place,” he said in the statement. “No American—and no New Yorker—should be subjected to the kind of terror and pain the people of Monsey and the New York Jewish community now bears.”

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The New York senator said the FBI, state and local law enforcement are looking to find what specifically motivated the attack and other anti-Semitic incidents in New York over Hanukkah. 

“I’ve asked the FBI to investigate any possible links—direct or indirect—between this attack and the ones of the past several days,” he said. “I’ve also asked for an assessment of what is currently being done by federal law enforcement officials to prevent these attacks and what more can be done.”

Schumer’s statement also mentioned he has been in contact with New Square Mayor Izzy Spitzer and Rabbi Chaim Rottenberg to offer prayers and support.

An attacker invaded Rottenberg’s home in Monsey, N.Y. Saturday before stabbing five people and sending the victims to local hospitals. A suspect was arrested a few hours after the incident.

New York City has experienced several anti-Semitic incidents over the holiday season, with police receiving eight reports of attacks that could have been anti-Semitic between Dec. 13 and 28.