Authorities are currently looking into a series of violent incidents that are suspected to be linked to the ongoing conflict between Israel and Hamas.
According to the police, on Wednesday evening, two men of Jewish descent approached a pair of men who were holding Palestinian flags. The Jewish men reportedly took one of the flags, struck one of the protesters over the head with it, and then fled the scene. The incident took place in Brooklyn, specifically at the intersection of Flushing Avenue and Classon. At this time, no arrests have been made in connection with the assault.
At around 8 p.m. on Wednesday, two teenagers reportedly used gel pellet guns outside Congregation B’Nai Yosef located on Ocean Parkway in Gravesend. The Flushing Shomrim, which is a Jewish watchdog group, were the first to arrive at the scene and immediately handled the situation. The two 16-year-olds were eventually apprehended and taken into custody.
In the wee hours of Wednesday night, an 18-year-old from the Middle East was reportedly attacked by three men who brandished Israeli flags. According to the authorities, the perpetrators stopped their cars, approached the victim, and inquired if he was Palestinian before physically assaulting him by kicking and punching him. The incident took place on 86th Street in Bay Ridge and is currently being investigated as a potential hate crime.
In Morningside Heights, a 19-year-old was caught ripping down fliers that a Columbia University student from Israel had just posted in front of Butler Library. The student was then struck with a stick, causing concern for the safety of those who exercise their right to free speech.
A disagreement over flyers escalated into a physical altercation between a 24-year-old individual and Maxwell Friedman. The victim was reportedly assaulted, and Friedman is now facing charges for the incident.
During an interfaith reception held at Gracie Mansion on Wednesday, New York City Mayor Eric Adams addressed the potential threat, highlighting the importance of staying vigilant and prepared.
Adams strongly condemned the actions that took place in Israel, stating that it was not representative of Islam, but rather a display of hatred, demonism, and devil worship. He emphasized that religion should not be used as a shield to justify evil deeds.
With a “Day of Action” in Palestine scheduled for Friday, the NYPD is gearing up for potential unrest in New York. This is particularly concerning given the recent uptick in violence in the city.
In preparation for potential protests, the NYPD has instructed all officers to report in uniform on Friday. To ensure coordination and efficiency, a joint operations center has been activated in Manhattan. The department is taking proactive measures to ensure the safety and security of all individuals involved.
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