NYPD Deploys All Officers on Duty After Ex-Hamas Leader Calls for Protests

Khaled Mashaal, the former Hamas leader, called on Muslims and Palestinian radicals around the world to protest on Friday following Israel’s terror attacks.

Khaled Mashaal, the former Hamas leader, gave a speech on Tuesday to encourage Muslims and Palestinian supporters of Gaza to show their anger on Friday and to begin pro-Palestinian protests while asking for donations to help Hamas continue its war against Israel.

As reported by Reuters, Mashaal primarily aimed his speech at those living in the Arab and Islamic world, encouraging them to “head to the squares and streets of the Arab and Islamic world on Friday.”

“Tribes of Jordan, sons of Jordan, brothers and sisters of Jordan… This is a moment of truth and the borders are close to you, you all know your responsibility,” Mashaal said.

He also addressed those who teach or learn about “jihad” (the holy war of Islam).

He added: “To all those who are jihadist scholars… and to all who learn and teach, now is the time for application of theories.”

The New York Police Department isn’t playing any games in the wake of Mashaal’s missive. They announced Thursday that any time off or schedule changes made by officers prior to Friday are null and void.

The NYPD ordered all police officers to wear uniforms starting on Friday, in anticipation of possible unrest resulting from a former Hamas leader’s call to stage global protests in support of Palestinians. This was reported by The Post.

A memo sent Wednesday night to all NYPD officers stated that “all uniformed service members in every rank will perform duty in uniform of the day, and be ready for deployment.”

The memo states that the order is in effect until further notice and will not allow cops to take time off or change their shifts.

The memo also stated that the police will “increase security in all of their 77 precincts by assigning more cops to supervise entryways and parking at the stationhouses ….”

The report continues:

In anticipation of potential mayhem, the department also activated its Joint Operations Center at its Manhattan Headquarters.

The memo says that multiple agencies, including the Sanitation Department and the Triborough Bridge & Tunnel Authority, will have to notify the JOC of incidents “as quickly as they become aware” between Thursday and Sunday.