Mayor Adams will travel to Greece for a summit against anti-Semitism, his office announced Friday.
After authorities last week charged two 22-year-olds with preparing an attack on a synagogue in New York City, concerns about anti-Semitic hate have increased in that city, making this trip more concerning.
Adams will go to Athens on Wednesday for the 2022 Mayors Summit Against Antisemitism, according to the mayor’s office.
After visiting Greece, Adams will go to Doha, Qatar’s capital, to learn more about that nation’s preparations for hosting the World Cup this year, according to the mayor’s office.
The New York region is preparing to host the World Cup in 2026.
The mayor will meet in Doha with “several government officials, as well as security and economic development leaders,” according to a statement from Adams’ office.
According to the statement, Adams is anticipated to return to the city by December 4, adding that “further information on both journeys will be forthcoming.”
The mayor’s trip would be his first overseas journey since his trip to the Dominican Republic in September.
Adams promised that the NYPD would be on high alert in the weeks coming up to Chanukah, which begins on December 18, following the suspected conspiracy to assault a synagogue.
And this month, before the arrests, he expressed worry over an uptick in anti-Semitic violence.
At an Anti-Defamation League conference two weeks ago, Adams stated, “anti-Semitism is on the upswing in America, and regrettably, it has become normalized — it has gone mainstream.”
Extremism and anti-Semitism cannot be ignored. It needs to be addressed.
The mayor insisted that it be acknowledged. “In New York City, hatred and anti-Semitism will not be allowed.”