City and state officials in New York and California are ramping up security measures ahead of anti-Israel rallies set to take place in America’s largest cities. These rallies coincide with a call for a “day of Jihad” by a former Hamas leader.
In New York City, the NYPD is preparing for a sizable demonstration in Times Square, with Mayor Eric Adams expressing deep concern over the hateful message and calls for violence. New York Governor Kathy Hochul also expressed concern but noted that there was no intelligence indicating active threats at this time. However, she emphasized the need for increased vigilance and precautionary measures in such a tense environment.
The NYPD’s critical response and counterterrorism units are on standby, and all officers are required to report in uniform. New York has activated the state police and directed the National Guard to patrol key areas.
In recent days, thousands have gathered in New York to express solidarity with Israel, but anti-Israel rallies have also taken place at various universities, with reports of violence against those supporting Israel.
On the West Coast, the LAPD is enhancing security due to concerning threats on social media in southern California. The Santa Monica and Beverly Hills police departments, along with the LAPD, have increased security around synagogues in Los Angeles County as a precaution.
Former Hamas leader Khaled Meshaal has called for a “Friday of the Al-Aqsa Flood,” urging people across the Muslim world to join the fight against Israel. Meshaal’s statement emphasizes rallying support for Palestine, exposing Israeli actions, and defending holy sites.
The recent Hamas attacks on Israel have resulted in significant casualties, with terrorists targeting civilians, including women and children. The situation remains highly charged, and security measures are being bolstered to prevent potential violence.
Conservatives are concerned about these rallies and the broader context of escalating violence in the region, emphasizing the need to support Israel’s right to defend itself and safeguard the security of its citizens.