Amidst the growing number of antisemitic incidents in America, Rabbi Abraham Cooper, associate dean, and director of the global social action at the Simon Wiesenthal Center called upon the FBI to form a special task force that will cater to incidents of hate towards Jews.
Cooper met this month with top FBI officials from the counterterrorism and criminal divisions at FBI headquarters in Washington, D.C, with two asks. Firstly, to urge the immediate creation of a special FBI Taskforce Against Anti-Semitism, which would make it easier for local law enforcement and other agencies to be able to have a single address in dealing with anti-Semitism and to allow for the FBI to utilize its immense resources to begin piecing together the broader picture of Jew-hatred in America. The Simon Wiesenthal Center made a similar request to former President Donald Trump following an escalating series of anti-Semitic violence in 2019.
“If we’re going to better understand the nature and scope of the threats, we need the FBI to lead, taking everyone out of their silo, getting all the information that they’re uniquely positioned to get, and then having a desk that’s going to review things and have access to other agencies—domestic and otherwise—in order for us to quantify and qualify what’s going on,” Cooper told the JNS.