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One Police Plaza, New York, USA, May 31, 2024 – Mayor Eric Adams and New York City Police Department (NYPD) Commissioner Edward Caban hold a briefing regarding security for the Israel Day Parade today in New York City. Photo: Luiz Rampelotto/EuropaNewswire


New York City Mayor Eric Adams held a significant press conference at One Police Plaza, focusing on the security measures and preparations for the upcoming Israel Day Parade. Scheduled for Sunday, this event is a celebration of Jewish culture and a show of solidarity and support for Israel, especially in light of recent geopolitical tensions.

Deputy Mayor Fabien Levy began the briefing by thanking the Jewish Community Relations Council of New York and its CEO, Mark Treyger, for organizing the parade. He also acknowledged the efforts of UJA Federation Community Securities Director Mitch Silber, Commissioner Edward Caban, and the NYPD for their dedication to ensuring the parade’s safety and the security of the city.

Levy emphasized the importance of the parade as a platform for Jewish New Yorkers and people of all backgrounds to celebrate their heritage and express their support for Israel. This year’s theme, “Bring the Hostages Home,” highlights the urgent issue of over 120 hostages still held captive following the brutal Hamas attack on October 7th, reflecting a collective commitment to securing their safe return.

Mayor Adams underscored the city’s readiness to host the first major Jewish event since October 7th. He acknowledged the challenges posed by the over 3,000 protests that have occurred in the city since that day, including nearly 1,300 related to the Middle East conflict. While most protests have been orderly, some have not, prompting the city to implement robust security measures.

Commissioner Edward Caban detailed the extensive preparations by the NYPD, assuring that the parade will be safe and orderly. He emphasized the importance of public cooperation, urging attendees to be vigilant and report any suspicious activities. The NYPD’s security plan includes uniformed officers, increased police presence, screening checkpoints, bike teams, aviation, K-9 units, and specialized counterterrorism and intelligence personnel.

Chief of Department Jeffrey Maddrey elaborated on the security arrangements, stating that the parade route will be fortified with additional fencing and security checkpoints. Spectators will undergo screening, and participants will need proper credentials. He urged the public to avoid bringing large bags, flags, coolers, or alcohol to the parade route.

Deputy Commissioner Rebecca Weiner of Intelligence and Counterterrorism confirmed that, while there are no specific threats to the parade, the heightened security measures reflect the current geopolitical climate and recent events in the city. She reassured the public that the NYPD is well-prepared to handle any situation.

In closing, Mark Treyger, CEO of the Jewish Community Relations Council, spoke passionately about the significance of the parade, particularly in these challenging times. He emphasized that the event is an affirmation of Jewish identity and resilience, calling on all New Yorkers to come together in solidarity.

Mayor Adams concluded by reiterating the city’s commitment to ensuring a safe and peaceful parade, celebrating the cultural diversity that makes New York City truly special.

Source: EuropaNewswire

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