Long Island towns to increase public safety patrols in response to planned 'National Day of Hate'

Officials say it is a disturbing, online trend created by white supremacist groups encouraging people to record themselves committing acts of vandalism.

News 12 Staff

Feb 24, 2023, 8:20 PM

Updated 414 days ago

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Police are boosting security across Long Island in response to Saturday's planned "National Day of Hate."
Officials say it is a disturbing, online trend created by white supremacist groups encouraging people to record themselves committing acts of vandalism.
In a tweet, Gov. Kathy Hochul said she directed state police and the Division of Homeland Security to closely monitor the safety of Jewish communities although there are currently no credible threats.
Nassau County Executive Bruce Blakeman says the online statements are being taken seriously.
"We will be in every community for the next 24 hours in force," Blakeman says. "We will be in African American communities, Hispanic communities, churches, synagogues, mosques."
A synagogue on Long Beach is planning its own event calling it a "National Day of Love."
"When they announce a day of national hate, we announce a day of national love," says Rabbi Shlomo Naparstek, of Chabad of the Beaches. "And that resonates with all normal thinking, moral people of the great United States of America."
The event at Chabad of the Beaches in Long Beach will include classes, services and a meal. Anyone is invited to attend.
Rabbi Naparstek says they are well protected and come to the synagogue with pride.
Chabad of the Beaches has its own security, but the rabbi is hoping that Saturday's love will drown out any attempt to spread hate.
"We need to focus on the positive message," Naparstek says. "We have great security. One thing we don't have is any fear or anxiety. Our approach is to spread love."
There will also be a gathering on Saturday in Time Square with a large gathering of over 4,000 Jewish young people. One of the rabbis from the temple will be taking part in the event.
The town of Hempstead says they have a zero-tolerance policy regarding any hatred in any form
Police are also asking the public to be vigilant and report any illegal or suspicious activity.


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