Hollywood actors have canceled their planned picketing today in light of safety fears stoked by the ‘global day of jihad’ promised by the leader of Hamas.
Every major city police department across the country is on heightened alert today in anticipation of pro-Hamas or pro-Palestine rallies.
In New York City, the NYPD has canceled officers’ planned vacation and called every one of its 33,500 uniformed cops into serve.
In Chicago, police have bolstered their presence around synagogues and Jewish schools after a bomb threat earlier this week. White House officials insist there is no specific domestic threat, but say police and intelligence systems will continue to be on high alert.
In France, a teacher has been killed and others wounded in a suspected terror-fueled knife attack.
Members of the New York City Police Department (NYPD) Counterterrorism unit patrol in Times Square, as the city takes security precautions ahead of planned demonstrations, in New York City, U.S., October 12, 2023
A police officer with a dog patrols the grounds of the U.S. Capitol
U.S. Capitol Police secure the U.S. Capitol Building in response to a call for a “Day of Rage” on October 13, 2023
There are a number of pro-Palestine rallies scheduled for today in New York City, the largest of which is due to take place in Times Square this afternoon.
Nearby office buildings have received security alerts about the protest.
‘Every member of the New York Police Department will be ready and be in uniform tomorrow,’ NYPD Chief of Patrol John Chell told reporters last night, ahead of the event.
‘We will not tolerate any hate, any acts of disorder, it will be quelled quickly and we will be ready.’
Hochul said the New York National Guard had already been ordered to patrol vital transportation hubs.
Across the country, the Los Angeles Police Department issued a statement saying its officers would assume a higher profile around Jewish and Muslim communities ‘during this unimaginable time.’
Federal law enforcement agencies were also on alert.
Increased police presence outside Barclays Center before a preseason game between the Brooklyn Nets and Maccabi Ra’anana
Police patrol a neighborhood in Brooklyn with a large Orthodox Jewish community on October 12, 2023 in New York City. Across New York City and much of the nation, security has increased around synagogues and other Jewish cultural institutions following last weekend’s Hamas attacks in Israel
‘The FBI is aware of open-source reports about calls for global action on Friday, October 13th, that may lead to demonstrations in communities throughout the United States,’ the agency said in a statement.
‘The FBI encourages members of the public to remain vigilant.’
At least one Arab-American advocacy group pointed to a more hostile posture taken by U.S. law enforcement toward Muslim groups than Jews.
The Arab American Anti-Discrimination Committee said on Thursday that FBI agents had paid visits to a number of mosques in different states and individual U.S. residents with Palestinian roots, calling it a “troubling trend.”
‘We have received multiple calls today regarding Palestinian nationals detained by ICE, and/or visited by the FBI,’ the national executive director of organization, Abed Ayoub, said on X, formerly called Twitter.
Rabbi Yoni Fein, who heads a large Jewish day school in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, the Brauser Maimonides Academy, said ‘higher alerts of operations are definitely in place’ in anticipation of global protests on Friday.
He said the FBI, U.S. homeland security officials and other federal authorities had held online security ‘webinars’ with Jewish institutions around the country.
But Fein said the school was seeking to reassure students they are safe and to go about with their lives.
Rather than give in to the heightened anxiety Fein acknowledged was gripping the Jewish community, he said the academy’s message to its students and their families was to reassure them that ‘their homes are safe, their schools are safe and that their trusted adults are keeping them safe.’
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