CHICAGO — Police in Illinois are warning people to be vigilant Saturday after state police said they have seen an increase in “domestic violent extremist messaging” announcing the day as “National Day of Hate.”
In a statement released Thursday, Illinois State Police said they are encouraging people to be vigilant and there is no information to take action on as of now.
State police said Neo-Nazi and anti-Semite groups are encouraging hate actions over the weekend.
“The Illinois Statewide Terrorism & Intelligence Center has been in communication with community organizations and will continue to monitor all intelligence platforms,” the statement read.
Earlier this week, the Chicago Police Department issued a similar statement.
“The Chicago Police Department is aware of the online posts regarding February 25, 2023,” the statement read. “At this time, there is no actionable intelligence and we continue to actively monitor the situation.”
Chicago police said they are working closely with members, leaders and organizations within the Jewish and faith-based communities.
50th Ward Ald. Debra Silverstein said in a tweet Chicago police officers are paying “special attention” to Jewish institutions, synagogues and other places of worship.
Leaders of the Jewish Federation of Chicago said they want people in the Jewish community to stay aware but also continue to do what they normally would, like go to Shabbat services and continue normal celebrations.
“In the meantime, we hope tomorrow people are Jewish the way they want to be Jewish,” said Dan Goldwin, the executive director of public affairs for the federation and Jewish United Fund. “Go to Shabbat services, bar and bat mitzvahs, weddings. We hope they all do that.”
State police said the public should report any illegal and or suspicious activity to local law enforcement.
What is National Day of Hate?
According to the Anti-Defamation League, “National Day of Hate,” a day they said could include anti-Semitic and white supremacist propaganda distributions and banners, is Feb. 25.
“This anti-Semitic proposed event has instructed like-minded individuals to drop banners, place stickers and flyers, and vandalize by way of graffiti as forms of biased so-called activism,” a community alert from Chicago police read. “These organizers request that potential actions be recorded and/or photographed to submit online.”
The ADL said the day was originally proposed by an Iowa-based neo-Nazi group.
Like law enforcement, the ADL is urging people to review safety plans, remain vigilant and report people committing anti-Semitic activities to law enforcement.