Pittsburgh Rabbi: Massacre an 'Attack on America'

Canadian politicians offer sympathies following Pittsburgh synagogue shooting

Bowers was charged with 11 state counts of criminal homicide, six counts of aggravated assault and 13 counts of ethnic intimidation in what the leader of the Anti-Defamation League called the deadliest attack on Jews in USA history.

Bernice Simon, 84, of Wilkinsburg, Pa.

Each of victims was middle-aged or older. "The whole Jewish community is shocked, [but] Jewish Pittsburgh is so close together, like a family, it will not change that".

As security was heighten at various synagogues across the country, the Jewish Federation of St. Louis and the Islamic Foundation of Greater St. Louis say they are horrified knowing that someone went in to a synagogue opened fired killing and injuring people. We have to be aware of what's happening around us before it gets any worse. Daniel Leger was scheduled to lead a service Saturday morning, he said. "My words are not intended as political fodder".

Senior Rabbi Dan Moskovitz of Temple Shalom in Vancouver said the community planned to hold a memorial Sunday afternoon at the city's Jewish Community Centre.

He is charged with 29 federal counts, including hate crimes.

Of the six survivors, five remained in the hospital Sunday, and two were listed in critical condition.

The massacre came at a time of increasing anti-Semitism in the U.S. Earlier this year, the Anti-Defamation League reported a almost 60 percent rise in anti-Semitic incidents in 2017 - the largest single-year increase since the ADL began its tracking almost three decades ago.

"The fact that this attack took place during a worship service makes it even more heinous", Brady said.

The gunman reportedly shouted anti-Semitic phrases during the shooting, which left 11 people dead and six injured, including four police officers.

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"For his part, Gab CEO and founder Andrew Torba defended the site and its decision not to remove Bowers" post.

"You know, you're always anxious that something would happen", said Myron Snider, head of the cemetery committee for New Light.

The letter to Trump ends by stating, "While we can not speak for all Pittsburghers, or even all Jewish Pittsburghers, we know we speak for a diverse and unified group when we say: President Trump, you are not welcome in Pittsburgh until you commit yourself to compassionate, democratic policies that recognize the dignity of all of us".

Year after year, decade after decade, anti-Semitism proves to be among the most entrenched and pervasive forms of hatred and bigotry in the United States. "Most of all, they were kind, good people with a strong faith and respect for everyone around".

However, Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto told journalists: "The approach that we need to be looking at is how we take the guns, which is the common denominator of every mass shooting in America, out of the hands of those that are looking to express hatred through murder".

President Trump, who appointed Sessions, has already expressed support for an expeditious execution.

Trump, who labelled the shooting an "evil antisemitic attack", has said he will visit but a trip has not yet been confirmed.

Myers was starting services Saturday morning when the the gunman burst into the Pittsburgh temple, shouting anti-Semitic statements and shooting at worshippers.

"All of us can relate to what happened", Poupko said.

Saturday's attack came a day after a Trump supporter from Florida was arrested for mailing explosive devices to Democrats and liberals, setting the country on edge ahead of close-fought elections on November 6.

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