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3 years ago today: Worst Antisemitic Attack in American History
Posted by: Steve G.
Date: October 27, 2021 12:52PM
October 27, 2018-
right wing Jew hatred violence alive and lurking in the USA

Three years ago, on a peaceful Shabbat morning, a lone gunman stormed into the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh’s Squirrel Hill neighborhood and stole the lives of 11 souls in prayer. Eleven others managed to escape — some with serious physical injuries, others with indelible scars of grief.

The attack was the deadliest act of antisemitism in our nation’s history. It was an assault on members of the Tree of Life, New Light, and Dor Hadash congregations, the American Jewish community, and our country. And it was a reminder that hate never goes away, it only hides; and if we give hate oxygen, it can consume.

-President Joe Biden
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Re: 3 years ago today: Worst Antisemitic Attack in American History
Posted by: Steve G.
Date: October 27, 2021 12:57PM
(Present Day-Jew hatred incidents continue to rise)

October 27, 2018
A gunman, described as a "bearded heavy-set white male", entered the building, opened fire and was "shooting for about 20 minutes." He was armed with a Colt AR-15 semi-automatic rifle (cited by authorities as an "assault rifle") and three Glock .357 SIG semi-automatic pistols, all four of which he fired, according to authorities. There would typically be around 75 people in the building on a Saturday morning.

The first two persons shot were two brothers, Cecil and David Rosenthal, at the main entrance, after which the shooter headed downstairs to New Light. Some hearing the shots did not initially recognize them for what they were: Rabbi Jeffrey Myers, located upstairs, thought a coat rack had fallen and clattered.

By 9:54 AM, police began receiving multiple calls from people barricaded in the building and reporting the attack.

At 9:55 AM, Melvin Wax, the leader of New Light's services, hid in a pitch-black closet in the basement. He opened the door of the closet, and the shooter immediately shot him. The shooter did not notice the other three congregants who remained in the closet. Two other members of New Light (Gottfried and Stein) were fatally shot and killed in the basement kitchen. The shooter also killed Jerry Rabinowitz of Dor Hadash, a physician who had gone toward the sound of gunshots to see if anyone had been hurt.

At 9:57 AM, the shooter left the basement and headed upstairs to the larger Tree of Life service. About 13 worshipers had gathered for the Shabbat service in an upstairs chapel. Myers helped four of them evacuate the chapel through a side door, but eight of the worshipers remained behind. The shooter killed seven and wounded one.

Police sources said the shooter shouted at some point during the attack, "All Jews must die!"

At 9:59 AM, police arrived at the synagogue. The shooter fired on police from the entryway, while apparently departing, and police returned fire, forcing him to retreat into the building.

A half hour later, tactical teams entered the building and the gunman also fired upon them. When officers wounded him in return fire, he retreated to the third floor and hid in a room. He had wounded two officers and two SWAT members, one of them critically.

At 11:08 AM, the gunman crawled out of the room and surrendered, having been shot multiple times. As he received medical care in police custody, he allegedly told a SWAT officer that he wanted all Jews to die, and that Jews were committing genocide against his people; this material was included in a criminal complaint filed in Allegheny County.
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Re: 3 years ago today: Worst Antisemitic Attack in American History
Posted by: cbelt3
Date: October 27, 2021 02:13PM
Don't forget the largest racism fueled attack in this nation- in this century. January 6th, 2021.

It's gone well past lone gunmen and migrated into an attack by a mass of armed terrorists on the nation's capitol.

Ed- Civil War was the worst racism fueled attack on the nation by far. And a horrible number of massed attacks on peoples due to race or religion before and after that. Racists are garbage people.



Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 10/27/2021 04:07PM by cbelt3.
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Re: 3 years ago today: Worst Antisemitic Attack in American History
Posted by: p8712
Date: October 27, 2021 02:13PM
Worst anti-somatic attack so far
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Re: 3 years ago today: Worst Antisemitic Attack in American History
Posted by: $tevie
Date: October 27, 2021 08:23PM
My friends lived about half a block away and were on the news being interviewed. Because they condemned the shooter and doubtless because the husband is Jewish, they got death threats on their phone and on Facebook. I assume the other people who made the mistake of publicly siding with morality got the same sort of treatment.



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