Northeast Ohio cities boost law enforcement in preparation of ‘Day of Jihad’ reports

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Published: Oct. 12, 2023 at 10:27 PM EDT|Updated: 6 hours ago
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BEACHWOOD, Ohio (WOIO) - Multiple Northeast Ohio cities are increasing law enforcement patrol and visibility in preparation of the worldwide “Day of Jihad” reportedly scheduled for Oct. 13.

Beachwood Mayor Justin Berns told the community that former Hamas leader Khaled Meshaal issued a call for the worldwide “Day of Jihad.”

This “Day of Jihad” calls for violence against the Jewish communities, University Heights Mayor Michael Dylan Brennan stated.

“We are unaware of any credible threats to the University Heights community,” Brennan told the families, friends, and neighbors of University Heights. “Simultaneously, we are acting with heightened awareness going into and through tomorrow. We recognize that even in the absence of a credible threat, we do not know what this day may mean for those who might be inspired by this declaration.”

Berns also shared a similar message to Beachwood families and community members:

“While we have NOT received any direct threats related to our community, we recognize that there are varying interpretations of what this call to action may mean to those who are inspired by it.”

Both mayors urged their cities to remain vigilant, and encourage you “if you see something, say something” to police immediately.

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