NYPD Beefs Up Security Around Jewish Sites Ahead Of Passover

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – The recent deadly attack at a Jewish school in Toulouse, France has prompted additional vigilance in New York City ahead of the eight-day Jewish holiday of Passover.

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Police Commissioner Ray Kelly told a room of Jewish leaders on Tuesday that there will be extra security in Jewish neighborhoods as well as places of worship.

“Visits by officers to synagogues, outreach by community affairs officers, a heightened presence of anti-crime units to deter theft, and patrols by special house of worship cars,” Kelly said.

Some locations may get surprise visits from the NYPD‘s Hercules teams – specially trained, heavily armed officers charged with disrupting terrorism.

While he did not mention any specific threat, Kelly said the city faces constant threats from Al-Qaeda, Hezbollah, and so-called “lone wolf” terrorists like the gunman who attacked the school in France. A Rabbi, two of his children, and another girl were killed.

Kelly said that the increased patrols have nothing to do with do with an image found online that said “Al Qaeda: Coming Soon Again In New York.”

Passover starts at sundown Friday and celebrates the Jewish people’s exodus from slavery in Egypt.

Is the NYPD doing a good job of keeping the city safe? What do you make of the stepped up security? Sound off in the comments section below.

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  • Alex oliver

    hey dont talk bad about the chosen holy people, you will be labeled anti-semetic. God had chosen them then he should pay for their extra security, not the US tax payers. Those pple love the attention and the tax payer’s money

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  • F. Allah

    Religion = pain x suffering/stupidity + ignorance, but that does not mean all should not be able to worship as they choose in peace and without fear.

  • HR

    So what it’s passover! 80% of NYC doesn’t care about that BS or most of those folks who celebrate it.

  • Gabriel Fassherstein

    We need to protect the hebrews from the evil of the nazis, er wait, the muslims. These people are the most important in the world and the only race to ever have been the victim of a genocide.

    • F. Allah

      You tell em’ Gabe, make em’ smell your pork-excreting ass.

  • Wolf

    Do they hold “American Day” parades in any other countries? Are American citizens allowed to FREELY and OPENLY express their beliefs in other countries? Are American’s allowed to waive the American flag in other countries in any place they like? NO. So why do we in America cater so much to the beliefs of all these other countries? Freedom. The American way is tolerance and Freedom.

  • Jesse Martinez

    No wonder why NYC & State are “broke”. Special protection for “special” people. And wonder how much Fed tax gets wasted on this as well?

  • diver

    It’s passover – hold the beef.

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