Brothers killed in synagogue shooting were 'inseparable'

Pope prays for victims of Pittsburgh synagogue shooting

Pope prays for victims of Pittsburgh synagogue shooting

The police affidavit says calls began coming into 911 just before 10 a.m. Saturday, reporting "they were being attacked".

In the wake of Saturday's murder of 11 Jewish worshipers at the Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh, and after the recent wave of explosive devices sent to prominent Democrats, groups that promote tolerance are calling on politicians to tone down hyper-partisan rhetoric and ad hominem attacks they say are contributing to a national atmosphere of division, fear and even hatred. He wrote of a Jewish "infestation", using a slur for Jews. Empires ruled distant lands from imperial capitals, but outside of the halls of the World Esperanto Congress, the novels of John Buchan, and the dreams of the Second Communist International, there was no recognized international system of governance that imposed itself upon nation-states such as we have today, represented by manifold and overlapping hierarchies of rule-making bodies, multilateral trade agreements, and mutual-defense pacts.

People light candles and sing songs in memory of the victims who were killed in a shooting attack at a Pittsburgh synagogue, seen here at Zion Square in Central Jerusalem, on October 28, 2018. Almost 40 percent of the anti-Semitic tweets studied came with hashtags like #MAGA and #KAG (Keep America Great), which are often used by supporters of President Donald Trump. I think it's really hard to have those conversations with people because, on the one hand, yes it's true there is a group that is the cause of all of our problems, so that part is true.

"There are no words to express how devastated we are by the events in Pittsburgh this morning", HIAS said in a statement following Saturday's shooting. On June 17, 2015, nine members of the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, South Carolina, were murdered by 21-year-old white supremacist Dylann Roof, who was convicted of federal hate-crime charges and sentenced to death in January.

Jewish graves or cemeteries were reportedly desecrated seven times in 2017 ― a "classic" anti-Semitic tactic that the ADL said has been employed for hundreds of years.

It remembers the 6 million Jews lost. "Screw your optics, I'm going in", Bowers had posted in what appears to be his last post on "Gab", a social media site popular with the alt-right.




Faith & Freedom Coalition founder Ralph Reed said, "Virulent, violent anti-Semitism remains a serious problem in the USA and the world at large".

The synagogue attack drew condemnation and messages of solidarity from world leaders, with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu declaring himself "heartbroken and appalled". The facade of the fortress-like concrete building is punctuated by rows of swirling, modernistic stained-glass windows illustrating the story of creation, the acceptance of God's law, the "life cycle" and "how human-beings should care for the earth and one another", according to its website.

Its sanctuary can hold up to 1,250 people.

Howard Elson, a former president at Tree of Life, recalled to The Washington Post how the two brothers would serve as honorary chairs during the synagogue's services for disabled adults.

Matthew Berger of Hillel International, a worldwide Jewish student organization, said there has been an increased focus on security in recent years.

When the shots subsided, he said, Melvin Wax opened the door, only to be shot and fall back inside. "But they lit a fire under it" the religion professor told NPR on tonight's All Things Considered. Snider just got out of the hospital on Thursday and missed Saturday's service. "Just never ever dream that it would happen like this".

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