Metro Atlanta police and schools react to proposed ‘Jihad Day’


ATLANTA, Ga. (Atlanta News 1st) — Communities around the world are bracing for possible conflict — including Atlanta — after the former leader of Hamas called Friday a global “Jihad Day.”

Several police departments and schools have issued statements about the incident, saying they remain vigilant.

Fulton County Schools said it is working with security to ensure a “safe learning environment” on Friday.

“We are aware of and monitoring concerns on social media, but at this time we do not have reliable information about specific threats in the community,” the school system said on social media.

Individual schools are also discussing the incident. Kindra Smith, principal of Riverwood International Charter School in Sandy Springs, said classes will continue as normal. However, she added that the campus will have more “adults active in the halls” throughout the day.

Also in Sandy Springs, police said they are working with Jewish organizations to ensure everyone’s safety.

According to the Associated Press, the war between Hamas and Israel has killed more than 2,800 people on both sides since the conflict broke out last Saturday. On Friday, Israel told Palestinians to evacuate Gaza ahead of an expected ground invasion.

Related reports: Israel orders unprecedented mass evacuation in northern Gaza ahead of fears of ground attack

In Atlanta, passionate protesters took to the streets in support of Israel or Palestine. Police had to separate downtown Atlanta activists Thursday after they began swearing at each other. There were no reports of arrests or physical fights.

Previous coverage: Atlantans gather for pro-Israel, pro-Palestinian rallies less than a mile apart

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