NYPD on High Alert Following Hamas’ Call for Global Jihad, Orders All Police to Report in Uniform

New York, NY – In response to a call for a “global day of Jihad” by Hamas leadership, New York City officials are enhancing the city’s police presence, despite the absence of any specific or credible threats. The New York City Police Department (NYPD) has acknowledged the public’s concern over online posts and has increased uniformed deployments at large gatherings and cultural sites as a precautionary measure.

The call for global action by Hamas, a Palestinian political organization, has prompted cities across the United States to take similar precautions. While there is no specific threat to New York City, officials are not taking any chances. The city’s response is a testament to its commitment to maintaining public safety and order, even in the face of potential global unrest.

On Thursday, New York Governor Kathy Hochul, New York City Mayor Eric Adams, and city faith leaders addressed the media about the additional safety measures. Mayor Adams confirmed that there was no specific or credible threat to the city, but he was aware of the planned protests and Hamas’ call to action. As a result, an increased number of NYPD officers will be deployed throughout the city, particularly in public, private, and religious schools, houses of worship, and Jewish neighborhoods.

Mayor Adams also emphasized that public schools, yeshivas, and private schools would remain open. He encouraged New Yorkers to report any suspicious activity to the police, echoing the city’s familiar phrase, “if you see something, say something.”

Governor Hochul stated that she has been in constant communication with the White House and the Department of Homeland Security regarding the planned protests. She has activated the state’s Homeland Security, Counter Terrorism Unit, Hate Crimes Task Force, and State Police and is prepared to deploy the National Guard if necessary. National Guard members will patrol mass transit areas in collaboration with the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA).

In Washington, D.C., the Capitol Police are also enhancing security ahead of Friday’s protests. Other cities, including Philadelphia, Dallas, Houston, and Los Angeles, have issued statements of reassurance and vigilance. The FBI is also monitoring the situation closely, working with law enforcement partners across the U.S. to share information and identify potential threats.