US Muslims start fundraisers to help Pittsburgh synagogue victims

Geraldine Edwards
October 29, 2018

Bowers was a bit groggy, and said he was feeling okay, and Cohen learned from the encounter that Bowers was not particularly bright, and felt that he had to rise up and defend "his people", who were being slaughtered.

He reportedly worked as a trucker, and has been linked to a rash of anti-Semitic online posts, notably on, a site frequented by white nationalists, including one hours before the attack that called Jews "hostile invaders".

"Through this campaign", the page adds, "we hope to send a united message from the Jewish and Muslim communities that there is no place for this type of hate and violence in America".

FBI Special Agent Robert Jones said Bowers was armed with an assault rifle and three handguns.

Earlier in the day, a woman walking by the Chicago Loop Synagogue said she had grown up in Pittsburgh's Squirrel Hill neighborhood, where the gunman had opened fire Saturday.

The two exchanged gunfire, he said, and Bowers reentered the building before a police tactical squad arrived. After a shootout, he surrendered.

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Bowers, who underwent surgery and remained hospitalized, is scheduled for a court appearance Monday. No children were killed, authorities said. One of those is critically wounded, but the condition of the fourth is not known.

Bowers had a history of posting anti-Semitic and anti-immigrant statements on social media, including a post made moments before the first 911 calls were made Saturday. "I wish I knew what was going on inside his head".

In a statement, confirmed the profile belonged to Mr Bowers and also said it had suspended the account and contacted the Federal Bureau of Investigation about it.

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

Eleven people were killed and six others were injured when a suspected gunman, identified as Robert Bowers of Baldwin, Penn., opened fire in the Tree of Life synagogue Saturday morning.

Glen Brodowsky, a former University of Chicago student, was visiting Chicago from San Diego for the weekend and went to synagogue Friday evening.

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"There's no words to express the sympathy that they need", Williams said.

"It's just a reminder that we have so much work to do as a country to overcome the hate that exist today", said Nauman Wadalwala, Islamic Foundation of Greater St. Louis.

President Donald Trump ordered flags in all federal buildings to be flown at half-staff in "solemn respect" until Wednesday for the shooting victims. "It is part of the fabric of Pittsburgh", Mr. Peduto said.

Other vigils were held across Canada including in Montreal, Halifax and Vancouver.

The Bedford Jewish Community and the Interfaith Clergy Network is also soon holding their annual event commemorate Kristallnacht, or the "night of broken glass", a precursor to the Holocaust, when Nazi thugs in Germany torched synagogues and vandalized Jewish homes in November 1938.

Piltz said news of the Pittsburgh shooting came as his community was already on high alert following the recent killing of Eliyahu Moscowitz, an Orthodox Jew who supervised a kosher kitchen in Rogers Park.

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On April 13, 2014, a pair of shootings occurred at a Jewish community centre and a Jewish retirement community, both located in Overland Park, Kansas.

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