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Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade (1979)

The Da’esh (ISIS) terrorist organization once again is urging Muslims to carry out vehicle terror attacks, this time suggesting the 90th Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York would be an “excellent target.”

The latest issue of Rumiyah, the magazine produced by ISIS, included photos of the parade. An article suggesting the event would make a good target also described in graphic detail how to carry out such an attack, explaining that one can achieve the murder of more people with the use of high speed and a large truck. One must carry it out, however, “solely to please Allah.”

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Macy’s said in a statement that it is working together closely with the New York Police Department in a security plan for the parade, and that safety is the top priority for the event.

According to the New York Post, however, there’s no credible threat against the parade.

Moreover, New York Police Department officials told reporters at a news conference Monday the department’s been preparing for such an attack ever since the terror group struck the southern French city of Nice. But NYPD is not limiting its defense of the city to only one type of attack.

NYPD Deputy Director of Intelligence and Counter-Terrorism John Miller said the department is planning for the parade “with a complex counterterrorism overlay….

“After the Nice attacks in France where a truck rammed into crowds at Bastille Day celebrations, the NYPD took a very proactive stance,” he said. “The Intelligence Bureau identified 181 locations that rent trucks to the public in the metropolitan area,” he said.

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Hana Levi Julian is a Middle East news analyst with a degree in Mass Communication and Journalism from Southern Connecticut State University. A past columnist with The Jewish Press and senior editor at Arutz 7, Ms. Julian has written for Babble.com, Chabad.org and other media outlets, in addition to her years working in broadcast journalism.