Pro-Palestine protesters gather in NYC for Times Square rally as Israel war with Hamas


Dozens of pro-Palestinian protesters have gathered in Manhattan for a rally at Times Square as the Hamas war with Israel rages on and crowds around the world gather following a call for a ‘global day of jihad’. 

In New York City, the NYPD has canceled officers’ planned vacation and called every one of its 33,500 uniformed cops into serve. Dozens of officers are bracing for unrest near Times Square earlier today before the scheduled event. 

The protesters are expected to march from Baruch College to Times Square, where there is a significant police presence. The National Guard is on standby should the protest escalate into violence, as others in European cities did earlier in the day. 

In Gaza, Israel issued a grave warning to Palestinians to evacuate within 24 hours before the Israel’s Defense Forces proceed with their ground assault. 

Palestinian protesters in Times Square this afternoon. The NYPD has called every uniformed officer to be on active duty today in anticipation of unrest

Palestinian protesters in Times Square this afternoon. The NYPD has called every uniformed officer to be on active duty today in anticipation of unrest

Pro-Palestine protesters gather in New York City to begin a march headed towards Times Square on Friday 13th. The city is on heightened alert after a former Hamas leader called for a worldwide day of 'jihad'

Pro-Palestine protesters gather in New York City to begin a march headed towards Times Square on Friday 13th. The city is on heightened alert after a former Hamas leader called for a worldwide day of ‘jihad’ 

Pro-Palestine protesters gather in Manhattan on Friday ahead of a planned rally in Times Square

Pro-Palestine protesters gather in Manhattan on Friday ahead of a planned rally in Times Square 

A female protester carries a sign calling for an end to 'Israel's apartheid' on Friday, October 13th

A female protester carries a sign calling for an end to ‘Israel’s apartheid’ on Friday, October 13th

The demonstrators prayed before marching towards Times Square on Friday afternoon

The demonstrators prayed before marching towards Times Square on Friday afternoon

The majority of the protesters are young students attending CUNY schools around the city. Many covered their faces before the rally

The majority of the protesters are young students attending CUNY schools around the city. Many covered their faces before the rally 

Students carrying signs reading SHAME ON CUNY (City University of New York) and 'Palestine will never die' outside Baruch College  in Manhattan this afternoon

Students carrying signs reading SHAME ON CUNY (City University of New York) and ‘Palestine will never die’ outside Baruch College  in Manhattan this afternoon 

Anti-Israel protesters carrying Starbucks stand before a Palestinian flag on Friday in the early hours of a NYC protest

Anti-Israel protesters carrying Starbucks stand before a Palestinian flag on Friday in the early hours of a NYC protest 

A young Muslim man prays before a pro-Palestine protest in New York City on Friday afternoon

A young Muslim man prays before a pro-Palestine protest in New York City on Friday afternoon 

In Chicago, police have bolstered their presence around synagogues and Jewish schools after a bomb threat earlier this week. White House officials insist there is no specific domestic threat, but say police and intelligence systems will continue to be on high alert. 

In France, a teacher has been killed and others wounded in a suspected terror-fueled knife attack.

Lt. Randy Sutton, a 34-year police veteran and founder of The Wounded Blue, an organization that assists officers who are injured in the line of duty, told DailyMail.com the threat is unprecedented. 

‘There’s a huge risk at this moment. We have cities across not just the US but the whole world, that are facing something that is basically, we’ve never faced before. 

‘A call from a terror organization as effectively attacked the country of Israel, now they’re trying to utilize that attack to bring threats to the rest of the world, the unfortunate reality is because of the mass migrations across not just Europe but also the us, we’re now at an incredible risk of violence taking place,’ he said. 

Despite local officials saying there is no ‘specific’ threat to any individual city, Lt. Sutton said the calling for a ‘global day of rage’ or jihad is specific enough.

‘There are specific threats. There is no doubt about it. When there is a call for jihad across the world, that is a specific threat. 

Dozens of NYPD officers listen to a briefing before a planned pro-Palestine protest in Times Square. Every uniformed officer in the force has been called onto duty today

Dozens of NYPD officers listen to a briefing before a planned pro-Palestine protest in Times Square. Every uniformed officer in the force has been called onto duty today

NYPD officers gather on 42nd street for a briefing before planned pro-Palestine protests, Manhattan

NYPD officers gather on 42nd street for a briefing before planned pro-Palestine protests, Manhattan

An Israeli flag is displayed in New York City's Times Square on Friday before scheduled pro-Palestine protests this afternoon

An Israeli flag is displayed in New York City’s Times Square on Friday before scheduled pro-Palestine protests this afternoon

National Guard provide security at Grand Central Station, Manhattan, New York. 13 October 2023 after being put on alert to assist the NYPD

National Guard provide security at Grand Central Station, Manhattan, New York. 13 October 2023 after being put on alert to assist the NYPD 

An NYPD officer stationed outside a synagogue in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, on Friday 13th

An NYPD officer stationed outside a synagogue in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, on Friday 13th 

A member of the New York Police Department patrols in front of the synagogue Congregation Bais Yaakov Nechamia Dsatmar in the Williamsburg, Brooklyn

 A member of the New York Police Department patrols in front of the synagogue Congregation Bais Yaakov Nechamia Dsatmar in the Williamsburg, Brooklyn

Police presence at Temple Emanuel on Upper East Side in NYC

Police presence at Temple Emanuel on Upper East Side in NYC

‘We have seen mobs of people spitting on police officers, calling for violence….when there is a mob mentality like – with the looting that has taken place in American cities – then you have religion involved…we’ve seen not just an acceptance of these brutal bloody massacres, but also the encouragement of them from thousands of people across the globe. 

‘If you can accept that type of violence – maniacal, irrational violence – then you have placed every citizen in our nation and across the globe in jeopardy.’

In Baghdad, tens of thousands of protesters gathered peacefully in protest while others in Malaysia, burned Israeli flags.

There are a number of pro-Palestine rallies scheduled for today in New York City, the largest of which is due to take place in Times Square this afternoon. 

Nearby office buildings have received security alerts about the protest. 

A police officer with a dog patrols the grounds of the U.S. Capitol

A police officer with a dog patrols the grounds of the U.S. Capitol

U.S. Capitol Police secure the U.S. Capitol Building in response to a call for a

U.S. Capitol Police secure the U.S. Capitol Building in response to a call for a “Day of Rage” on October 13, 2023 

Mayor Eric Adams insists there is no specific threat

Mayor Eric Adams insists there is no specific threat 

‘Every member of the New York Police Department will be ready and be in uniform tomorrow,’ NYPD Chief of Patrol John Chell told reporters last night, ahead of the event. 

‘We will not tolerate any hate, any acts of disorder, it will be quelled quickly and we will be ready.’ 

Hochul said the New York National Guard had already been ordered to patrol vital transportation hubs.

Across the country, the Los Angeles Police Department issued a statement saying its officers would assume a higher profile around Jewish and Muslim communities ‘during this unimaginable time.’

Federal law enforcement agencies were also on alert.

Increased police presence outside Barclays Center before a preseason game between the Brooklyn Nets and Maccabi Ra'anana

Increased police presence outside Barclays Center before a preseason game between the Brooklyn Nets and Maccabi Ra’anana

Police patrol a neighborhood in Brooklyn with a large Orthodox Jewish community on October 12, 2023 in New York City. Across New York City and much of the nation, security has increased around synagogues and other Jewish cultural institutions following last weekend's Hamas attacks in Israel

Police patrol a neighborhood in Brooklyn with a large Orthodox Jewish community on October 12, 2023 in New York City. Across New York City and much of the nation, security has increased around synagogues and other Jewish cultural institutions following last weekend’s Hamas attacks in Israel

‘The FBI is aware of open-source reports about calls for global action on Friday, October 13th, that may lead to demonstrations in communities throughout the United States,’ the agency said in a statement. 

‘The FBI encourages members of the public to remain vigilant.’

At least one Arab-American advocacy group pointed to a more hostile posture taken by U.S. law enforcement toward Muslim groups than Jews.

The Arab American Anti-Discrimination Committee said on Thursday that FBI agents had paid visits to a number of mosques in different states and individual U.S. residents with Palestinian roots, calling it a “troubling trend.”

‘We have received multiple calls today regarding Palestinian nationals detained by ICE, and/or visited by the FBI,’ the national executive director of organization, Abed Ayoub, said on X, formerly called Twitter.

BERLIN: A pro-Palestinian demonstrator is detained during a protest

BERLIN: A pro-Palestinian demonstrator is detained during a protest 

PARIS: Clashes between protesters and police in Paris

PARIS: Clashes between protesters and police in Paris 

PAKISTAN: Demonstrators burn the flags of Israel (R) and the US (L) during a rally to express solidarity with the Palestinians, in Islamabad

PAKISTAN: Demonstrators burn the flags of Israel (R) and the US (L) during a rally to express solidarity with the Palestinians, in Islamabad 

Rabbi Yoni Fein, who heads a large Jewish day school in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, the Brauser Maimonides Academy, said ‘higher alerts of operations are definitely in place’ in anticipation of global protests on Friday.

He said the FBI, U.S. homeland security officials and other federal authorities had held online security ‘webinars’ with Jewish institutions around the country.

But Fein said the school was seeking to reassure students they are safe and to go about with their lives.

Rather than give in to the heightened anxiety Fein acknowledged was gripping the Jewish community, he said the academy’s message to its students and their families was to reassure them that ‘their homes are safe, their schools are safe and that their trusted adults are keeping them safe.’

IRAQ: Tens of thousands of protesters gathered in Baghdad today

IRAQ: Tens of thousands of protesters gathered in Baghdad today 



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