Today’s attack in Yerushalayim has ratcheted up fears of violence against Jews around the world.
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said he is “horrified and heartbroken” by the attack.
“New York City stands in solidarity with Israel at this difficult time, and we hope and pray for a peaceful and secure future for all of its people,” de Blasio said in a statement.
De Blasio and NYPD Commissioner Bill Bratton said the city has increased its police presence at synagogues and other key locations around New York City, CBS News reported.
“The NYPD is following developments in Jerusalem closely and working with the FBI Joint Terrorism Task Force to monitor any further developments,” Bratton said in a statement. “As of now, there is no specific credible threat to New York City.”
“The NYPD is in close contact with its liaison post in Israel,” de Blasio said. “As always, we ask New Yorkers to stay alert and immediately report any suspicious activity.”
NY Governor Andrew Cuomo released a statement saying he was “deeply saddened” to learn of the “horrific terror attack.”
“This attack was a deplorable act of evil that should be denounced as such by all – regardless of their political or religious beliefs,” Cuomo said. “I want to reiterate that friends stand together in times of crisis. Today New York joins with all of Israel as they mourn those that were lost. We stand shoulder to shoulder with our Israeli friends.”