Mayor, NYPD Host Meeting to Reassure Jewish New Yorkers They are Safe this Weekend

Mayor, NYPD Host Meeting to Reassure Jewish New Yorkers They are Safe this Weekend

By Yehudit Garmaise

While the NYPD reassured New Yorkers that no visible threats currently exist after Hamas threatened on social media yet another worldwide, “Day of Rage,” Mayor Eric Adams wanted to make sure Jewish leaders knew exactly “what the police department is doing” to provide extra security in the coming days.

“Heavy weapons, teams, high visibility of police posts around the city are what New Yorkers will see to be reminded that the police department has their backs and are keeping everyone safe,” said Rebecca Weiner, the NYPD’s Deputy Commissioner of Intelligence and Counterterrorism, on Thursday’s Jewish Security Briefing.

“Everyone should be calm, stay vigilant, and know that you should report to us any [worrisome] activity that you see, Weiner said.

 “There is a lot of anxiety, a lot of concern when you are hearing some of the [threats] that are on social media and the things that are being sent around,” said the mayor at City Hall. “We just want to put those anxieties to rest on these issues.

“We will mobilize all of our resources to ensure that you are safe as this crisis plays out.”

“We are not seeing any threats suggesting violence in New York City,” Weiner said. “We are obviously aware that that can change at any moment, and we are tracking the social media postings that have been swirling around in the last few days.

What most concerns the NYPD is that a former Hamas leader former Hamas chief Khaled Meshaal called for yet another worldwide, “Day of Rage” today.

Weiner, who is the NYPD’s liaison in Israel, claimed that the day likely will just be a “Day of Resistance,” and that Hamas is not calling for more violence, but “acts of solidarity and protest.”

“We expect to see some acts of [Palestinian, pro-Hamas] protests around the city,” said Weiner, who said that the NYPD saw some protests on Thursday, but she said “they were quite orderly.”

 “Out of an abundance of caution,” starting today, the NYPD will be stepping up security patrols near shuls, schools, and in Jewish communities across the city.

Weiner added, “The most important take-away is that New York is safe. We are augmenting the police presence out of an abundance of caution. 

“This is to deter anyone who would seek to do us harm in this city and to reassure New Yorkers that we are doing everything we can to keep the public safe.

“We have to stand together as one community in New York City and stay resilient.”

“Let’s just stay focused, and we are going to navigate our way through this,” the mayor said.

“We stand with Israel now and always,” said Boro Park’s own Joel Eisdorfer, Mayor Eric Adams’ senior advisor.

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