Statement on the Tree of Life Synagogue shooting from DJOP

Democratic Jewish Outreach PA is saddened and horrified by the shooting at the Tree Of Life synagogue that killed 11 people, including a Holocaust survivor in Pittsburgh, PA. DJOP sends its heartfelt sympathy to all of the families and victims impacted by this tragedy. A toxic brew of anti-Semitism and easy access to guns resulted in senseless violence against members of our Jewish community. The attack in Pittsburgh is the single most violent incident against Jewish Americans in the history of the United States.

According to the ADL there has been a 57% increase in anti-Semitism in the past year. The President uses words like globalist and internationalist. He and the GOP have demonized George Soros, a Holocaust survivor and supporter of Democratic causes. Trump calls himself a Nationalist—not a patriot or an American but a Nationalist. The rise of anti-Semitic, racist and anti immigrant rhetoric has emboldened those who sympathize with these abhorrent ideas. Hate-filled rhetoric has no place in our nation or in any nation.

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