US House Representative Ritchie Torres [Rep.-D-NY-15] called on the FBI and US attorney general, and assistant attorney general to investigate New York’s ongoing weak response to surging anti-Semitism.
In his Thursday, September 15 letter to FBI Director Christopher Wray, US Attorney General Merrick Garland, and Assistant Attorney General Kristen Clarke, the congressman expresses concern “about the wave of anti-Semitic violence that has gone unchecked in New York City”. So much, so that anti-Semitic attacks have risen to levels not seen since forty years ago when the ADL began recording anti-Semitic attacks.
“Just as alarming as the violence,” Torres writes, “is the government’s deafening inaction.” Torres quotes the shocking statistic first revealed by Armin Rosen in the Tablet. Rosen says out of the 118 adults arrested for anti-Semitic hate crimes in NYC since 2018, only one has been convicted and imprisoned.
Torres concludes his letter requesting, “… the Civil Rights Division of the Justice Department consider investigating New York’s systematic failure to police and prosecute hate crimes and to issue recommendations for reform.”
The congressman is known as a firm supporter of Jewish communities and Israel.