Troopers will also work with communities to help with any security concerns in New York City and Westchester, Rockland, Orange, Nassau and Suffolk counties.
Published: 2021-05-24 04:51 pm
New York State Police to increase patrols in Jewish communities

New York State Police will increase patrols in Jewish neighborhoods in the Big Apple due to recent anti-Semitic incidents amid the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Monday.

“In the wake of the unacceptable recent increase in anti-Semitic hate crimes nationwide, I am proactively deploying State Troopers to provide security at Jewish religious, educational, and community facilities,” Cuomo said in a statement.

Troopers will also work with communities to help with any security concerns in the city, as well as Westchester, Rockland, Orange, Nassau and Suffolk counties.

The increased police patrols come days after pro-Israel and pro-Palestine demonstrators clashed in Times Square over the 11-day war in the Middle East. A Jewish man was beaten in a hate attack while walking to the rally — with the assailant declaring that he’d “do it again.”

Mayor Bill de Blasio on Monday also decried anti-Semitic incidents in Gotham and said the “NYPD is now out in force” in Jewish neighborhoods.

“You are going to see that presence… we are going to protect the Jewish community and make sure people feel that protection is there,” Hizzoner said.

Mayor Bill de Blasio (left) and NYPD commissioner Dermot Shea have pledged additional resources amid a spike in anti-Semitic crimes in New York City.
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“We have seen some acts in the last few days, acts of violence and acts of hatred that are absolutely unacceptable,” de Blasio added. “I have talked with members of the Jewish community who have really felt hurt in every way to see people attacked simply because of who they are… we will not tolerate it.”

A tentative cease-fire ended the conflict between Israel and Hamas last week after nearly 250 died, including 232 Palestinians.

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