As tensions escalate in Israel due to the conflict with Hamas, police forces in major U.S. cities are ramping up security in Jewish neighborhoods and synagogues to safeguard against potential antisemitic incidents.
In the U.S., the Jewish population stands at 7.5 million, with notable concentrations in cities like New York (1.9 million), Los Angeles (617,000), Miami (525,000), and Chicago (315,000). Following Israel’s announcement of its conflict with Hamas, security measures in these cities have been enhanced, as reported by the Daily Mail.
New York’s Mayor, Eric Adams, labeled the Hamas actions as “cowardly.” He expressed his dismay, especially as these events coincided with the end of the Jewish High Holy Days. He emphasized, as cited by the Daily Mail, that the city remains in close communication with Jewish community leaders and has instructed the NYPD to step up security in Jewish areas, ensuring everyone feels safe despite the absence of any direct threat to the city.
Authorities in Los Angeles, Beverly Hills, and Santa Monica have also heightened security measures in Jewish communities. LAPD Police Chief Michel Moore commented on the situation in the Middle East and reaffirmed their commitment to ensuring safety across diverse communities.
Meanwhile, the Chicago Police Department has confirmed enhanced focus on Jewish regions in the city. A resident of Washington, D.C. observed increased police presence near certain synagogues over the weekend.
The Miami Beach Police have also ramped up their presence around synagogues and key areas in the city, as noted by the Daily Mail. They aim to guarantee everyone’s safety and security.
The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department released a statement assuring residents of their vigilance and ongoing patrols, mentioning their collaboration with other law enforcement agencies to keep a close watch on developments.
Globally, concerns about the situation have led airlines like United, American, and Delta to halt their services to and from Tel Aviv, emphasizing their commitment to passenger and crew safety.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, addressing the nation, underscored the severity of the situation by stating that they are indeed at war with Hamas, rather than merely an “operation” or a “round.”