The New York City Police Department (NYPD) is taking proactive measures to enhance visibility and security in response to a call for a “global day of Jihad” by a former leader of Hamas. Despite no known specific or credible threats against the city, the NYPD is determined to ensure the safety of its residents.
Mayor Eric Adams and the police commissioner have assured the public that there are no immediate threats, but they are not taking any chances. Additional resources will be deployed to schools and houses of worship to provide security. Vacation leaves for NYPD officers have been canceled, and all officers are required to report for work in uniform.
The department’s counterterrorism officers and Critical Response Command personnel are armed and ready for action. The NYPD is also actively monitoring the city’s surveillance cameras from its Joint Operations Center. The heightened state of readiness is in response to Khaled Meshaal, the former leader of Hamas, who called for a global day of “general mobilization” in support of Palestine.
While there have been tensions between pro-Israeli and pro-Palestinian groups, the NYPD aims to maintain calm and control. The department is closely coordinating with other police departments in major cities nationwide, who are also increasing patrols and security measures. However, amidst the concerns over potential violence, it is essential to address the rise in hate crimes against Jews and Palestinians in the United States.
The NYPD is investigating three reported Brooklyn and Queens attacks that appear to be motivated by hate. Deputy Mayor Fabien Levy emphasized that New York will not tolerate any form of bigotry or discrimination.
In another incident, an Israeli student was assaulted with a stick at Columbia University, restricting public access to the campus. The FBI urges all Americans to remain hyper-vigilant regardless of location as law enforcement agencies nationwide increase patrols.
While there may be tensions and concerns, the NYPD and other law enforcement agencies are taking proactive steps to ensure the safety and security of their communities. The goal is to maintain calm and prevent violence while addressing and condemning hate crimes and discrimination.