Pittsburgh Rabbi: Massacre an 'Attack on America'

29 October, 2018, 18:57 | Author: Sue Mclaughlin
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When the shooter entered the Tree of Life synagogue on Saturday, the rabbi there would have been reading the same scripture that Moskovitz read to his Vancouver congregation, he said.

BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI via Getty Images An FBI agent stands behind a police cordon and an ambulance outside the Tree of Life Synagogue (L) after a shooting there left 11 people dead in the Squirrel Hill neighborhood of Pittsburgh on October 27, 2018.

The nation's latest mass shooting drew condemnation and expressions of sympathy from politicians and religious leaders of all stripes.

A former president of the synagogue in Pittsburgh where 11 people were murdered on Saturday has said Donald Trump would not be welcome in the city and labelled the president a "purveyor of hate speech".

The auditorium of downtown Pittsburgh's Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Hall and Museum was packed for the 90-minute vigil, which began with music from an African-American choir. "He gets up in the morning with new and inventive ways to divide us", Schiff said on CNN's "State of the Union". He said he planned to travel to Pittsburgh, but offered no details. He did not have a criminal record and was not known to police.

The organizers said in a statement that the event would be both an act of mourning and a demonstration against acts of racism and bigotry around the world.

Ninety-year-old E. Joseph Charny was worshipping in a room with a half-dozen other congregants when he saw a man appear in the doorway and heard shots ring out, he told The Washington Post.

"Know that we will spare no effort or resource in insuring that the defendant is held fully accountable for his unspeakable and hateful crimes", Mr. Brady said.

The killing took little more than 20 minutes.

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"That's why the doors of the synagogue are open, so that anybody can come in, seek shelter, seek comfort and seek peace". "It just seems to be getting worse", Myers said. "And that's what this man did".

Dr. Rabinowitz was a trusted physician with a "genuine sense of humor", Ms. Fienberg spent much of career as a researcher at the University of Pittsburgh's Learning Research and Development Center, and the Simons were married at the Tree of Life synagogue in December 1956, according to wire reports.

"You know, you're always anxious that something would happen", said Myron Snider, head of the cemetery committee for New Light. But security was a concern, he said, and the synagogue had started working to improve it.

"Please know that justice in this case will be swift and it will be severe", Scott Brady, the chief federal prosecutor in western Pennsylvania, said at a news conference, characterizing the slaughter as a "terrible and unspeakable act of hate".

Snider had just been released from a six-week hospital stay for pneumonia and was not at Saturday's services.

"I know how painful it is when things like this happen, and we wanted to just stand by them and tell them we are here for them and nothing, no matter how evil everything is outside, we still love each other", she said. "If I weren't out of town celebrating Shabbat with my family, I would have been in the building".

Bowers is accused of storming into the Tree of Life temple in Squirrel Hill, the heart of Pittsburgh's close-knit Jewish community, yelling "All Jews must die" as he opened fire on members of three congregations holding Sabbath prayer services there on Saturday morning.

The attack, his son vowed, "will not define our congregation and will not define our city".

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