A man was detained on Thursday in Albany, the capital of New York State, after firing shots outside a synagogue, fortunately without causing any injuries, stated Governor Kathy Hochul.
As millions of American Jews celebrated Hanukkah, authorities reported that a 28-year-old resident of the synagogue’s area behaved in a notably suspicious manner as he approached the place of worship.
According to Governor Hochul, the individual discharged multiple shots and made threatening remarks outside the Temple Israel synagogue. However, she refrained from confirming reports that he shouted “freedom for Palestine,” as stated by the Times Union newspaper.
Governor Hochul, dedicated to combating racism, anti-Semitism, and safeguarding the over 2 million American Jews in her state, expressed her relief that no injuries occurred.
“The safety of Jewish New Yorkers is non-negotiable. Any anti-Semitic action is unacceptable,” she emphasized, addressing the concerning rise in harassment and attacks targeting Jews across the United States.
Governor Hochul affirmed that New York State, with its population of 20 million, opposes hatred, anti-Semitism, and Islamophobia. She announced heightened police vigilance during the eight days and nights of Hanukkah celebrations.
Kathy Hochul and Eric Adams, Mayor of New York City located approximately 250 kilometers south of Albany, have actively participated in demonstrations supporting Israel and American Jews since the Israel-Hamas conflict began.
The city, home to nearly two million Jews and hundreds of thousands of Muslims, will reinforce security measures around the menorahs, the seven-candle Jewish candelabra, commonly placed in public spaces.
Source: ANA-MPA, Greek text translated by: Konstantinos Menyktas