The authorities are currently looking into several cases of brutal attacks that could have been instigated by the ongoing conflict between Israel and Hamas.
According to the police, on Wednesday night, two individuals of Jewish descent reportedly approached two other men who were holding Palestinian flags. The former allegedly snatched one of the flags from the latter, and assaulted one of them by hitting him over the head with it. The incident took place in Brooklyn, specifically at the intersection of Flushing Avenue and Classon. As of now, no arrests have been made in connection with the incident.
Two teenagers, aged 16, reportedly fired gel pellet guns outside Congregation B’Nai Yosef on Ocean Parkway in Gravesend, just before 8 p.m. on Wednesday. Upon receiving the report, the Flushing Shomrim, a Jewish watchdog group, immediately responded to the scene. The authorities took the two teens into custody, and the investigation is currently ongoing.
In the wee hours of Wednesday night, an 18-year-old Middle Eastern individual was reportedly attacked by three men who were brandishing Israeli flags. As per the police, the trio stopped their cars, questioned the victim if he was Palestinian, and subsequently assaulted him by kicking and punching. The incident took place on 86th Street in Bay Ridge and is being probed as a probable hate crime.
In Morningside Heights, a 19-year-old individual was caught ripping down posters that a Columbia University student from Israel had just posted in front of Butler Library. The Israeli student was hit with a stick during this incident.
A disagreement between the victim, who is 24 years old, and Maxwell Friedman began as a verbal altercation over the flyers. However, the argument escalated and turned physical, leading to Friedman being charged with assault.
During an interfaith reception at Gracie Mansion, Mayor Eric Adams addressed the potential threat faced by New York City. His statement shed light on the importance of staying alert and prepared, especially in a city as dynamic and diverse as New York. It is evident that Mayor Adams is taking the safety and security of the city seriously and is working towards ensuring that the citizens of New York are safe at all times.
Adams condemned the recent events in Israel and emphasized that it was not an act of Islam but rather fueled by hatred and demonism. He pointed out that those who oppose the light cannot use their religion as an excuse to carry out their devilish deeds.
As the “Day of Action” in Palestine approaches, the NYPD is gearing up for potential unrest in New York. The recent violence in the city only adds to the tension and concern for safety.
In preparation for potential protests, the NYPD has issued a directive for all officers to report in uniform on Friday. To ensure effective coordination, a joint operations center has been activated in Manhattan.
Darla Miles, a reporter, shares the story of a man from the Upper East Side who decided to join the Israeli Defense Forces to fulfill his duty.