LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) — World-renowned Rabbi Marvin Heir called for President Trump to create a special FBI task force Monday following multiple anti-Semitic attacks.
Rabbi Heir, dean and founder of L.A.’s Simon Wiesenthal Center, minced no words as he talked about a crisis point in America at a Monday morning press conference.READ MORE: Judge Suddenly Recuses Himself In Sordid Orange County Sexual Assault Case
“It’s a very sad day in the United States of America,” he said. “This is a terrible moment in American history. For that reason, the Simon Wiesenthal Center calls upon President Trump to create a task force of the FBI to exclusively combat the cancer of anti-Semitism.”
Saturday night’s attack during a Chanukah celebration at the home of a Hasidic rabbi sent five people to the hospital, with one reportedly in critical condition. Rabbi Heir called the attack the last straw.READ MORE: Riverside County Sheriff's Department Releases Body-Cam Footage Of Fatal Shooting
“It belongs outside the responsibility of the states and local governments. It needs to be handled by the federal government, with a proper budget, so that we can see some success in going after these perpetrators,” Heir said.
In December alone, there were at least ten anti-Semitic attacks in the U.S., including one in Southern California.
“Our priority now is to undertake hate and anti-Semitic control,” he said. ” If we do it now, we will give a great gift to our grandchildren and to future generations.”MORE NEWS: TikTok Star Anthony Barajas Dies After Corona Movie Theater Shooting
The LAPD is also increasing its patrols in Jewish communities and synagogues following the attacks.