Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator Charles
Schumer, after a phone briefing by the FBI, released the following statement
regarding the horrific attack against the Jewish community in Monsey, New York.
Senator Schumer also spoke to New Square Mayor Izzy Spitzer and Rabbi
Rottenberg, offering prayers and full support.
“Last night’s cowardly and callous attack on the
Jewish community in Monsey was one of pure evil. This attack, and other
anti-Semitic attacks that have occurred in recent days, demand a top-to-bottom
federal investigation. I’ve asked the FBI to investigate any possible links—direct
or indirect—between this attack and the ones of the past several days. 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.
“The FBI continues to work with state and local
law enforcement, including the NYPD. The FBI, state, and local law enforcement
continue to assess whether there were any additional motives in the Monsey
attack, as well. I will remain in constant contact with the FBI, along with
community leaders, and believe it’s of paramount importance to shine a critical
light on how—or where--individuals are being motivated or specifically inspired
to commit these heinous acts of violence that terrorize communities and incite
“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. 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.”