New York Mayor: ‘We will not be a city of lawlessness’

New York City Mayor Eric Adams condemned extremist slogans chanted during ongoing protests at Columbia University over the war between Israel and Hamas, promising that “the New York Police Department will not hesitate to arrest anyone who breaks the law. “

“I am shocked and disgusted by the anti-Semitism being spewed on and around the campus of Columbia University,” the mayor said, citing “the example of a young woman holding a sign with an arrow pointing to Jewish students and showing reads ‘Al-Qasam’s next targets’. ‘ or another where a woman literally shouts ‘We are Hamas’, or another where groups of students chant ‘We don’t want Zionists here'”.

“I condemn this hate speech in the strongest terms,” Adams said. “Supporting a terrorist organization whose mission is to kill Jews is sickening and despicable.”

However, Adams noted that “Columbia University is a private institution on private property, meaning the NYPD cannot have a presence on campus unless specifically requested by senior university officials.”

“As mayor of the city with the largest Jewish community in the world outside of Israel, the pain these protests are causing Jews around the world is not lost on me,” Adams said, “especially as we begin Passover tomorrow night.

“I also see and hear the pain of those protesting in support of the loss of innocent lives in Gaza,” he concluded.