Pittsburgh Rabbi: Massacre an 'Attack on America'

Tuesday, 30 Oct, 2018

Swastikas scrawled into Jewish students' notebooks. About 275 headstones were toppled over and broken in a Jewish cemetery in Philadelphia in February of a year ago.

The United States, and the world, were scapegoating and murdering Jews long before Trump became president.

Researchers found almost 30 percent of the accounts, which appeared to be automated bots, repeatedly tweeted derogatory words about Jews.

Anti-Semitic incidents in Washington rose nearly sevenfold a year ago, according to a report by the Anti-Defamation League.

"There were three shots, and he falls back into the room where we were", he said.

People attend a vigil on Sunday, Oct. 28, 2018, in Pittsburgh to remember the victims of the shooting at the Tree of Life synagogue the day before. "So they do not lock the door, and anybody can just walk in", said Marilyn Honigsberg, administrative assistant for New Light.

At a political rally in Murphysboro, Illinois, Trump said "the evil anti-Semitic attack is an assault on all of us".

In June 2009, a gunman who had anti-Semitic writings in his vehicle killed a security guard while trying to enter the US Holocaust Memorial Museum.

The memorial took place at the Wosk Auditorium at the Jewish Community Centre - there weren't enough seats for the large crowd of people who came.

Bowers faces 29 federal counts, including weapons offenses and hate crimes. Unlike many other news organizations, we have not put up a paywall.

The toll also included professors, dentists and physicians.

Earlier in the day, a woman walking by the Chicago Loop Synagogue said she had grown up in Pittsburgh's Squirrel Hill neighborhood, where the gunman had opened fire Saturday.

A few days after another white terrorist ("history of mental illness", said the media) with Trump and Fox graphics and slogans all over his van attempted the largest political assassination in USA history, we now have the single most lethal attack on Jews in this country's history-in part because their synagogue supported helping immigrants coming into America. Sixteen percent said they had recently experienced anti-Semitism directly, with most describing the incidents as "minor" microaggressions. "It's really sad that you can't go to a house of worship without thinking you're taking your life in your hands". Just one look at the suspect's now deleted social media posts shows the hatred Robert Bowers, 46, spouted for Jews, with anti-Semitic rhetoric, Holocaust denial, and conspiracy theories of Jews destroying the planet. Similarly in France, where anti-Semitic violence increased by 25% past year, police and military patrols are deployed to help protect synagogues. But he said security was a concern, and the synagogue had started working to improve it.

"It is a very horrific crime scene", said a visibly moved Wendell Hissrich, the Pittsburgh public safety director.

"We feel this community needs healing and this was the first step toward that goal".

According to the Anti-Defamation League, anti-Semitic incidents on college and university campuses in the U.S. almost doubled in 2017, rising to 204 from 108 in 2016.

In recent years, swastikas, an ancient symbol co-opted by the Nazis, have been drawn on college campuses and used to desecrate Jewish cemeteries and synagogues.

Marks said the information came from the ADL's audit previous year.

Francis prayed for the dead, injured and their families and said: "In reality, all of us are wounded by this inhuman act of violence".