Enhanced Security Measures Planned for Israel Day Parade in NYC

The NYPD is now focusing on providing security for the Israel Day Parade on Fifth Avenue this Sunday, following the recent trial of former President Donald Trump.

High-level security measures, akin to those seen during New Year’s Eve in Times Square, are planned for the parade. This includes security checks, wanding of spectators, and restricted access, with attendees only permitted on the east side of the parade route while police will be positioned on the west side.

The parade is known for attracting large crowds, including American and Israeli dignitaries. However, this year’s event will have a more somber tone. According to the Jewish Telegraphic Agency, the theme “Bring Them Home” will emphasize the plight of hostages held by Hamas, nearly eight months after the group’s attack on Israel.

In the wake of the attack, there have been numerous pro-Palestinian protests, some of which have turned violent, leading to heightened NYPD security efforts. More protests are expected on Friday, including a planned student walkout as part of the ongoing demonstrations.

Only a few schools are expected to participate in Friday’s protests.

By 3 p.m., rallies are anticipated in Lower Manhattan, in front of the Department of Education building, and at the Barclays Center in Downtown Brooklyn.

Schools Chancellor David Banks expressed support for students voicing their beliefs but criticized the walkouts for diluting their message.

“I’m a big believer in student voice and kids standing up for what they believe in and want to see addressed. I don’t think you need to have continued walkouts to do that. I think, to some degree, the students have missed their mark when you do that,” Banks said.

Mayor Eric Adams and NYPD officials are scheduled to announce security plans for the parade during a press conference Friday afternoon.

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