Doctor Notes ‘Irony’ Of Pittsburgh Synagogue Shooter Being Treated By Jewish Staffers

Ann Santiago
October 31, 2018

"We stand here together, united in our shared humanity and united against any and all forms of hate", said Renee' Chelm, vice chair of the Jewish Federation of Cleveland.

Following the tragic shooting this morning at Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Cardinal Daniel N. DiNardo of Galveston-Houston, President of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) issued a statement calling for prayer and action to put an end to violence. At each, the President placed a stone, a Jewish burial tradition, while the first lady added a flower. It is apparent at least eight souls lost their lives in a shooting at Tree of Life Synagogue. Several others were injured, including four police officers.

The city's Democratic mayor, Bill Peduto, urged the president not to come while friends and families were burying their loved ones.

The White House did not immediately provide further details on Trump's trip, which drew mixed reactions in Pittsburgh. He said it's not just Pittsburgh that needs to examine the situation, but rather the Jewish community as a whole.

"We did try to get the message out to the White House that our priority tomorrow is the first funeral", Peduto said Monday night.

"The only person responsible for carrying out these heinous acts were the individuals who carried them out", she said.

Trump is traveling to the historic hub of the city's Jewish community as the first funerals are scheduled to be held for the victims, who range in age from 54 to 97.

Fran Fall, of Squirrel Hill, attended Tree of Life with Rabinowitz.

"Any president that would come in, any president would be a distraction".

With eight days to go before the midterm elections, Trump has continued to hold his political rallies, complete with harsh criticism of Democrats and the media. But the visit comes despite the wishes of some political and religious leaders who felt that the president should come at a later date - or not at all. "He is supporting the families and whatever they wish", spokeswoman Amie Downs said. "His language has encouraged hatred and fear of immigrants, which is part of the reason why these people were killed", she said.

"Anger is a very powerful emotion, but if it's used at the right way to do the right thing, it can bring tremendous results", said Rabbi Mendy Alevsky, Chabad at Case Western Reserve University.

Rabbi Jeffrey Myers said he's receiving death threats after telling CNN President Trump is welcome at the Tree of Life synagogue.

"I will not be meeting with the president".

"I would have done it even sooner, but I didn't want to disrupt any more than they already had disruption, " he said in an interview on Fox News.

The announcement also echoed an open letter from a group of local Jewish leaders who told Trump: "You are not welcome in Pittsburgh until you fully denounce white nationalism".

The suspected Pittsburgh extremist charged with one of the deadliest rampage attacks on Jews in USA history made his first courtroom appearance yesterday and was ordered held without bond hours after prosecutors swiftly declared they will pursue the federal death penalty against Robert Bowers.

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