NYPD to roll out counterterrorism units to protect synagogues from white nationalists on High Holy Days
The NYPD told Jewish leaders in a briefing on security for the religion’s upcoming High Holy Days season that they have growing concerns of white supremacist and neo-Nazi violence in the aftermath of last month’s rally in Charlottesville, Gothamist reported.
“For the first time in a public forum, the NYPD spoke about what it called white nationalist violence,” NY1 reported of the Wednesday night meeting, which is held annually before the city’s Jewish communities celebrate the High Holy Days of Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur
“The NYPD also plans to deploy additional resources to Jewish neighborhoods and other potential terrorism targets,” Gothamist noted. “Their ‘Hercules’ patrols, or heavily armed counterterrorism units, will make unannounced visits at synagogues across the city.”
The department told the assembled Jewish leaders that there have been 273 recorded hate crimes in the city this year, most of which were anti-Semitic in nature.
“It gave me a chill of what society we live in, what’s going on in this day and age, that we have to be extra careful,” Rabbi Abe Friedman, an NYPD liaison, told NY1.