TALLAHASSEE – Amid growing tensions around the country over the conflict between Israel and the Hamas terror organization, the Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) is issuing a warning to all Florida residents to be aware of their surroundings over the holidays.
According to the FDLE, since the Hamas attack on Israel on October 7, 2023, anti-Semitic incidents have been on the rise, and racially or ethnically motivated violent extremists (RMVE) may target Hanukkah celebrations conducted at public locations, synagogues, or Jewish businesses, schools, or community centers. Individuals of all faiths attending public gatherings or houses of worship should remain vigilant during the holiday season.
Officials urge residents to pay attention to what's going on around them, especially in crowded places, and to familiarize themselves with emergency exits and evacuation procedures.
If you observe suspicious activity, call your local law enforcement agency or call 855-FLA-SAFE.