South Florida synagogues call for peace after deadly Pittsburgh shooting


Karl Williams, chief medical examiner in Pennsylvania's Allegheny County, announced the names of the dead at a news conference Sunday morning.

The government has begun the process of seeking the death penalty for the suspect accused of killing 11 worshipers during an anti-Semitic rampage on Sunday inside the Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh, a report said.

He added: "I think the approach that we need to be looking at is how we take the guns, which is the common denominator of every mass shooting in America, out of the hands of those that are looking to express hatred through murder".

He has been hospitalised with multiple gunshot wounds but will appear before a federal magistrate on Monday.

The synagogue is located in the tree-lined residential neighborhood of Squirrel Hill, about 10 minutes from downtown Pittsburgh and the hub of Pittsburgh's Jewish community.

The nation's latest mass shooting drew condemnation and expressions of sympathy from politicians and religious leaders of all stripes.

Some complained that the confrontational, nationalistic rhetoric of US President Donald Trump has encouraged right-wing extremists and fed a surge in activity by hate groups.

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"If they had some kind of a protection inside the temple maybe it could have been a much more different situation, they didn't", he said when asked if there was any link to U.S. gun laws.

"I've heard the president's comments about how we should arm guards in our synagogues, our churches, our mosques".

Rabbi Mendel Lifshitz said in a separate newsletter Sunday that the event will include time for reflection, remembrance of the victims, prayers for the victims' loved ones and support for fellow Idahoans.

Shafir said his organization regularly meets with the Edmonton Police Service and officials are aware of extra security the community requires.

And let's be clear: This is what happens when a country's leaders-especially its president-call for, defend, encourage, and protect those who threaten and commit acts of violence against Jews, Muslims, African Americans, immigrants, LGBTQ people, women, or the best-known opponents of that president. We must work together to eradicate this evil by a policy of zero tolerance for anti-Semitism.

Brothers Cecil and David Rosenthal usually attended services.

Anti-Semitic acts in the United States have risen sharply in recent years, ADL figures show.

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He was reportedly armed with a rifle and three handguns. It's reported Bowers exchanged gunfire with police before retreating back inside the synagogue.

Thousands of people jammed an intersection amid light rain for a vigil Saturday evening for the victims of a shooting at a Pittsburgh synagogue earlier in the day.

He said he could imagine a scene of pandemonium if the assailant showed up at his temple.

Nine of the 11 were 65 or older, several old enough to have been children during the rise of Nazism.

Bowers lived in the Baldwin Borough suburb of Pittsburgh, less than half an hour's drive south of Tree of Life.

According to the Federal Bureau of Investigation, accused synagogue shooter Robert Bowers posted about the Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society (HIAS) on his social media accounts, saying: "HIAS likes to bring invaders in that kill our people".

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