Governor Murphy has signed an executive order mandating that all US Flags and NJ state flags be flown at half-staff this week. The order reads, “in recognition and mourning of all of the lives lost and shattered by the recent terrorist attacks on Israel by Hamas and by the escalation of the conflict caused by these attacks.”
Attorney General, Matthey Platkin released a statement regarding security concerns following the Israel attacks, “I have been in communication with the 21 County Prosecutors and law enforcement leaders across the state. While there is no credible threat to safety, law enforcement will be increasing patrols in sensitive areas – particularly houses of worship for both the Jewish and Islamic faiths – and taking other steps out of an abundance of caution. We also call upon New Jersey residents to be extra vigilant, and if you see suspicious activity please report it to your local authorities without delay.”
Paterson is home to the largest Palestinian population, where rallies are taking place. In Paterson, particularly on Main Street, often referred to as “Palestine Way,” a strong sense of unity and support was evident on Monday. People gathered to show their solidarity with the Palestinian population overseas, reaffirming their commitment to stand alongside them during these challenging times.
All across New Jersey, towns are mourning those lost in the recent attacks. Berkely Heights, NJ, will be holding a vigil at town hall this evening. Residents are invited to the candle lit vigil to mourn the victims and those lost in the violence. Rabbi Friedman of the Congregation Ohr Shalom of Summit will speak. The vigil will begin at 7:00 p.m.