For Akron Jewish Community, Pittsburgh Attack Too Close to Home

Jermaine Castillo
October 31, 2018

In the wake of the shooting at the Tree of Life synagogue, claims have been made that Trump's nationalist rhetoric and heavy focus on immigration contributed to the toxic political background against which the shooter Robert Bowers acted.

Among the funerals planned for the 11 congregants shot to death at the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh's Squirrel Hill section on Saturday were those of two brothers, David Rosenthal, 54, and his brother Cecil Rosenthal, 59. "I'm also going to the hospital to see the officers and some of the people that were so badly hurt".

The organization did not elaborate on the specifics of the phone calls, the organization told reporters that the call's tenor was "anti-Jewish" and "pro-Trump".

They also will make the trip on the day of the first funerals, with burials scheduled to continue through Friday, Mayor William Peduto told CNN's Anderson Cooper.

Before Trump's arrival on Tuesday, a crowd of protesters blocked the entrance to the city's Republican club, over the party's purported failure to denounce white supremacism. Law enforcement will be stretched by the funerals and their processions, continuing security at the site of the Saturday shooting and at other Jewish institutions, he said. His mother-in-law often attended services there and knew many of those who were killed.

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Trump has drawn criticism in some quarters for his outspoken attacks on Democrats and a caravan of Central American migrants traveling toward the U.S. The suspect in the Pittsburgh shooting had complained on social media about an influx of refugees.

Pittsburgh's Jewish community began burying its dead Tuesday after the synagogue massacre, holding funerals for a beloved family doctor, a pillar of the congregation, and two 50-something brothers known as the Rosenthal "boys".

Another mourner, a retired teacher who only gave her first name Nancy, said: "I was finally able to cry".

The letter was signed by tens of thousands of people nationwide.

"President Trump's words, actions and policies have espoused and emboldened the type of violence and hatred our community so tragically endured with the massacre of 11 Jews in their place of worship", one group organizing the protest said on Facebook.

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Jewish leaders in Pittsburgh, however, said Trump isn't welcome unless he stops targeting minorities and denounces white nationalism.

On Monday, Vice President Mike Pence attended a campaign rally in MI at which a so-called "Christian rabbi" was invited to speak on behalf of the area's Jewish community. The media, she said, has "a huge responsibility to play in the divisive nature of the country".

Beth Melena, campaign spokeswoman for Wolf, said the governor did not plan to return to Pittsburgh as part of Trump's visit on Tuesday.

"I will not be meeting with the president". When they heard the sirens, several people dropped to their knees while others turned their backs to show their objection to the president's visit.

"You can protest later on", she added.

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