Pittsburgh Synagogue Massacre – Manifestation of Leadership Giving Way to Incitement

A gunman shouting “all Jews must die” burst into a Pittsburgh synagogue during a circumcision ceremony on Saturday morning, October 27, shooting dead 11 people. Neo-Nazi Robert Bowers, 46, wielding an arsenal that included a semi-automatic rifle and three handguns, also left six others wounded, including four police officers, during the 20-minute attack. The massacre happened at the Tree of Life Congregation in a leafy suburb at the heart of a Jewish community in Pennsylvania. About 100 people were in the synagogue at the time.

Aerial view of the location of the Pittsburgh synagogue massacre

Aerial view of the location of the Pittsburgh synagogue massacre (Footage from local TV station)

Saturday’s synagogue shooting in Pittsburgh is likely the deadliest attack on the Jewish community in the history of the United States, the Anti-Defamation League, an organization focused on combating anti-Semitism, said Saturday.

Dov Khenin, Hadash Knesset member for the Joint List, said, “The attack is an expression of the growth of dangerous antisemitism in American society — part of the wave of increasing racism and violence during the presidency of Trump, a leadership that gives way to incitement.”

Joint List Chairman, MK Ayman Odeh (Hadash) responded to the mass kiiling, saying “It is simply unconscionable for all people: the shooting of Jews  targeted during worship on a Sabbath morning. This massacre is a product of racism and hate. We stand with the Jewish community of Pittsburgh.”