The New York Police Department says it’s deploying extra resources to houses of worship after white supremacist hate groups declare a “national day of hate” targeting Jews this Shabbos, February 25th.
The NYPD says there have been no specific threats identified, but are stepping up security out of an abundance of caution.
Chicago and Florida police have also issued a warning about the day of hate, scheduled for Saturday.
The white supremacists have called for followers to distribute antisemitic messaging with banners, stickers, fliers and graffiti “to expose the international clique of parasitic vermin that infest our nation today.”
“Make your voices heard loud and clear, that the one true enemy of the American people is the Jew,” a statement says.
This “National Day of Hate” was originally proposed by a tiny Eastern Iowa-based neo-Nazi group in early January. Over the past few weeks, individuals associated with other white supremacist groups and networks have indicated they will participate. These groups and networks have membership and supporters scattered around the country including the Goyim Defense League, Active Clubs and National Socialist Movement.
Since 2021, white supremacist networks such as White Lives Matter have popularized designated “days of action” as a tactic to unite fellow white supremacists and draw attention to their cause. On these days, participants primarily conduct white supremacist and antisemitic propaganda distributions, banner drops, and hold demonstrations.
The NYPD said in a memo sent to the community, officials said to “maintain elevated situational awareness and vigilance.” The Chicago and other police Departments put out similar messages.
The Orthodox Union said it is in touch with its partners at the Secure Community Network as well as the Department of Homeland Security and FBI, and “are not aware of threats to specific Jewish institutions.”
The Anti-Defamation League urged community members: “If at any time you feel that you may be in danger, contact law enforcement immediately… Jewish institutions should use this event as an appropriate moment to review security protocols with staff.”
“Do not confront individuals distributing propaganda, conducting banner drops or spraying/stenciling graffiti as they may be willing to engage in violence and/or film interactions to use in their digital propaganda. We encourage you to contact law enforcement to report trespassing, vandalism or harassment if any of these activities occur on your property,” it added.