New York City Bolsters Security Amidst Hamas’ Global Call for Action
In response to a call from the Hamas leadership for a “global day of Jihad” on Friday, New York City officials are increasing police presence, even though there are no specific or credible threats to the city.
The New York City Police Department assured in a statement on Thursday that there were no specific, credible threats to the city. However, due to concerns raised by online posts, they have decided to deploy more uniformed officers at large gatherings and cultural sites to ensure public safety as a precautionary measure.
New York Governor Kathy Hochul and Mayor Eric Adams, along with city faith leaders, held a press conference to discuss the added security measures. Mayor Adams emphasized that there is no specific or credible threat to the city at this time, although they are aware of protests planned for Friday and Hamas’ global call to action.
Despite the absence of a specific threat, a significant number of uniformed NYPD officers will be stationed at various locations across the city, including public, private, and religious schools, houses of worship, and Jewish neighborhoods.
While public schools will remain open, yeshivas and private schools will also continue their activities. Mayor Adams urged New Yorkers to “see something, do something,” encouraging them to report any suspicious activities to the police.
Governor Hochul stated that she has been in contact with the White House and the Department of Homeland Security regarding the planned protests on Friday. She also activated the state’s Homeland Security, Counter Terrorism Unit, Hate Crimes Task Force, and State Police in preparation for the protests and is ready to call in the National Guard if necessary. National Guard members will assist with patrolling mass transit areas alongside the MTA.
Hochul strongly condemned any form of violence, whether directed at Jewish or Palestinian New Yorkers, expressing her outrage at reported attacks.
NYPD Chief of Patrol John Cell emphasized that every member of the department would be ready and in uniform on Friday, and the NYPD would not tolerate any violence.
Other cities, such as Washington, D.C., are also increasing security measures ahead of Friday’s protests. Capitol Police in Washington have enhanced security throughout the Capitol Complex, with dedicated teams working to coordinate efforts with local law enforcement officials and intelligence agencies.
Similarly, law enforcement officials in Philadelphia, Dallas, Houston, and Los Angeles have issued statements of reassurance and vigilance in response to the situation.
The FBI is actively monitoring the global action called for by Hamas and is working closely with law enforcement partners across the U.S. to share information, identify, and disrupt any potential threats. They encourage the public to remain vigilant and report anything suspicious to law enforcement.
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