Anti-Semitic incidents were on the rise even before shooting

Larry Hoffman
October 30, 2018

He ran back inside and climbed two flights of stairs as the officers gave chase, according to new details of the deadly attack on the Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh released by prosecutors on Sunday. "It's not", Myers told ABC News Chief Anchor George Stephanopoulos Monday morning.

In April 2014, Frazier Glenn Miller Jr. fatally shot a 69-year-old man and his 14-year-old grandson at a Jewish community center in suburban Kansas City, then killed a woman at the nearby Village Shalom retirement center.

Bob Jones, head of the FBI's Pittsburgh office, said that worshippers "were brutally murdered by a gunman targeting them simply due to their faith", though he cautioned the shooter's full motive was not yet known.

Federal officials said Sunday that 46-year-old suspect Robert Bowers - arrested at the synagogue after a firefight with police - faces 29 federal charges, many carrying the death penalty.

Even after he was stopped, Bowers allegedly screamed at SWAT team members that he wanted all "Jews to die".

"Because we have helped more than 4.5 million people escape persecution, HIAS is uniquely qualified to address the modern refugee situation, which has mushroomed into a global humanitarian crisis", the group says on its website.

The rabbi also said he's not sure if the shooter can be forgiven, as the "wounds are too open to answer that".

A gunman who's believed to have spewed anti-Semitic slurs and rhetoric on social media barged into a Pittsburgh synagogue on Saturday and opened fire, killing 11 people in one of the deadliest attacks on Jews in USA history. In the age of Trump, these bad forces feed off one another, just as they go hand in hand with racism, Islamophobia and transphobia.

He said and a dozen congregants were just beginning the service at the temple in the Squirrel Hill neighborhood of Pittsburgh at 9:45 a.m. Saturday when he heard what he initially thought was a stainless-steel coat rack falling to the floor. 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.

"During the course of his deadly assault on people at the synagogue, and simultaneously with his gunfight with responding officers, Bowers made statements evincing an animus towards people of the Jewish faith", Collins wrote in the complaint.

But some victims' families reportedly have little desire to see a president blamed by many critics for fanning hatred.

In the second half of the 19th century, HIAS worked to help Jewish people fleeing violence and persecution all over the world. Although public areas, such as parks and streets, are where those incidents usually took, they have been surpassed by K-12 schools, it said.

"A lot of the stuff was there before but now there's a boldness in it, people feel that they don't need to self-censor", says Tony McAleer.

The assault on the 150-year-old congregation was the deadliest anti-Semitic attack in recent United States history. "I'm so grateful for his presence in teaching me".

People arrive to pay their respects outside of the Tree of Life synagogue, Oct. 28, 2018, in Pittsburgh on October 27, 2018.

"Heartbroken", said Aylia Paulding, 37, her voice breaking as she summed up the mood.

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