Published: Thu, November 01, 2018
Global News | By Blake Casey

Suspect in Pittsburgh synagogue massacre indicted on 44 counts, including hate crimes

Suspect in Pittsburgh synagogue massacre indicted on 44 counts, including hate crimes

Congressional leaders of both parties, the state's two US senators, Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto (D) and Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf (D), all did not join Trump during his visit.

One stone and one rosebud for each victim.

Everybody feels that [Trump's remarks] were inappropriate.

But local and religious leaders were divided on whether Trump should be there. Dermer also showed his support for the United States president in an interview with MSNBC, saying he was "not aware of a single non-Israeli leader that has made such a strong statement in condemning anti-Semitism". "They were the yin and yang of each other", Bailey says.

The funerals for Wax and Younger were to be held later Tuesday.

Earlier in the day, thousands of mourners jammed a synagogue, a Jewish community center and a third, undisclosed site for the first in a weeklong series of funerals for victims of the deadliest anti-Semitic attack in USA history.

The White House has rejected any blame over the attack.

Dermer also backed Trump, saying he was "not aware of a single non-Israeli leader that has made such a strong statement in condemning anti-Semitism".

"The Office of the President was shown great respect on a very sad & solemn day", tweeted Trump this morning, a day after he visited the devastated Tree of Life community. Neither will Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald, who lives near the synagogue, his office said.

Trump's daughter Ivanka and his son-in-law, Jared Kushner, both high-profile Jewish members of the administration, were also on the trip. "It is not blue or red, it's not male or female, it doesn't know any of those divisions".

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The brothers were both active at Tree of Life, with Cecil the more gregarious of the two, a man with a booming voice who was known as the "mayor" of the city's Squirrel Hill neighborhood and the "town crier" for the gossip he managed to gather.

Trump's visit to Pittsburgh was an embarrassing demonstration of his unpopularity.

A gunman stormed a Pittsburgh synagogue during Saturday service and shot worshippers, killing at least 11 and wounding six before he was arrested. Her second motivation, she emphasised, was speaking out against Trump. Even some of those who do not like Trump at all said he had no good choice, facing criticism if he came and criticism if he did not. She believes his visit is a "distraction from the grieving".

The suspect in a grisly anti-Semitic shooting at a Pennsylvania synagogue was charged in a 44-count indictment Wednesday, which includes federal hate crimes. Trump has repeatedly referred to migrants as unsafe invaders, and did so again in a tweet on Monday.

Bowers had a history of of posting conspiracy theories about Jews and threatening Jewish communities online.

Likely in pursuit of better optics than him jamming to "Happy" mere hours after the worst anti-Semitic attack in American history, Trump is heading to the city where 11 people were murdered due to their synagogue's support for refugees. The "No Antisemitism, No White Supremacy, No Trump" rally, organized by IfNotNow Pittsburgh, began at 3:00pm ET, just 45 minutes before the president's plane touched down in PA. "Screw your optics, I'm going in".

The White House said Trump was coming to "express the support of the American people and to grieve with the Pittsburgh community".

"They line up so closely with the words of white nationalist terrorists and racist right-wing conspiracy theories", he added.

Abraham Foxman, a Holocaust survivor who led the Anti-Defamation League for almost 30 years, made the same argument to reach the opposite conclusion from the letter signers.

"Melania and I were treated very nicely yesterday in Pittsburgh".

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