New Jersey Jewish centers increase security following social media posts about ‘Day of Hate’

Authorities say that so far, no credible threat has been found. But police say that the day is apparently geared toward the Jewish population.

News 12 Staff

Feb 24, 2023, 3:34 AM

Updated 505 days ago

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Law enforcement agencies around the state say they are ramping up police visibility this weekend after receiving information posted on social media that Feb. 25 has been dubbed “National Day of Hate,” possibly by neo-Nazi groups.
Authorities say that so far, no credible threat has been found. But police say that the day is apparently geared toward the Jewish population. They say that due to recent antisemitic incidents, they are taking the posts seriously.
“There’s a difference between free speech and hate speech. This is going well over the line to put out banners and belittling an identity group, in this case, Jews. It’s really unacceptable,” says Jason Shames, CEO of the Jewish Federation of Northern New Jersey.
Shames says that the day would be used to harass and intimidate those in the Jewish community.
Law enforcement and leaders in Jewish communities say they’re taking the threat seriously, especially in the wake of recent threats to synagogues in New Jersey.
“These groups don’t often care about where people are, they just care that it’s Jews and they’re going to go target them anywhere,” Shames says.
Edison is one of the towns in New Jersey taking extra precautions.
“We’re taking precautions here in Edison, to have increased patrols and increased police presence in and around all of our Jewish centers within Edison Township,” says Edison Deputy Police Chief Robert Dudash.
With the rise in antisemitic incidents, many Jewish facilities and houses of prayer have upped their security and secured their buildings in the event of antisemitic attacks. Some have spent millions annually to build up resources.
“We do safety training we have emergency response systems now we have emergency plans in place,” says Shames. “What we’re what we’re now able to do is preemptively prepare ourselves for this.”
Several police departments have already alerted their communities about this weekend, including departments in Livingston and Lakewood. And though there’s no credible threat, Edison police say they plan to expand their precautionary measures before and after Saturday, so residents feel safe.


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