New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has ordered the police to ramp up security patrols for Jewish communities in the wake of violent anti-Semitic attacks that have recently occurred in the city, according to a statement Monday.
“In the wake of the unacceptable recent increase in anti-Semitic hate crimes nationwide, I am proactively deploying State Troopers to provide security at Jewish religious, educational, and community facilities,” he said in a statement.
“We will do all we can to help ensure Jewish New Yorkers — and New Yorkers of all faiths — are safe,” Cuomo said on Twitter.
The move comes after a worrying increase in anti-Semitic incidents and attacks on Jews by Palestinian activists since the start of the latest round of cross-border violence between Israel and Gaza terror groups, which ended on Friday.
The violence against Jews was not limited to New York, with Los Angeles police opening a hate crime investigation last week after a pro-Palestinian mob attacked Jews dining at a sushi restaurant.
More than 200 Palestinians died in the conflict and Israel claims the casualties were mostly combatants, while a dozen Israelis were killed by more than 4,000 rockets.
Protests around the world sprung up as pro-Israel and pro-Palestinian sympathizers made their voices heard. However, numerous cases of anti-Semitic attacks prompted harsh condemnation from leaders.
U.S. President Joe Biden condemned the "despicable" attacks on the Jewish community on Monday. "It's up to all of us to give hate no safe harbor," he said.