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Bandaged Pittsburgh synagogue 'shooter' makes court appearance in wheelchair

30 Octobre 2018

WASHINGTON - Alvin Berkun never misses shul on Saturdays at Tree of Life in Pittsburgh, where for decades he served as a rabbi and knows each congregant intimately.

"Rose was really a fixture of the congregation", Brian Schreiber, president of the Jewish Community Center of Pittsburgh, told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. "So, tonight we mourn". "Rest assured we have a team of prosecutors working hard to ensure that justice is done".

A separate statement from Brady's office said Thursday's preliminary hearing will be their opportunity to present "evidence demonstrating that Robert Bowers murdered 11 people who were exercising their religious beliefs, and that he shot or injured six others, four of whom were police officers responding to the shooting".

Even as the criminal case against Bowers was beginning in the court system, people in grief-stricken Pittsburgh began moving towards burying those who were killed and reeling from the rampage. Pushinksy was one of two Dor Hadash congregants at the hearing. "Let there be acceptance and love", the crowd chanted.

A little more than 24 hours later, America is still mourning the deaths of 11 men and women killed inside Pittsburgh's Tree of Life Congregation Saturday morning.

"My holy place has been defiled", he said. It is our constant prayer that God will heal and protect those affected by such tragic events.

"Coming together, all faiths can kind of understand and appreciate the difficulties here and can stand with each other", Mohamed added.

Afterwards, she said there is healing that comes from gathering as a community. Of the six survivors, four remained in the hospital Sunday night, and two - including a 40-year-old officer - were in critical condition.

"All of us can relate to what happened", Poupko said.

Federal Liberal cabinet minister and local MP Catherine McKenna called it sad that such security was a fact of life for Jewish communities. He was 71-years-old.

"I thought it was important to at least talk to him and meet him", Cohen told ABC News, explaining why he went to see the man.

During the vigil, Gov. Jay Inslee and Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan urged resistance to hate and violence. "Our ties and bonds of history and of solidarity and our values are very strong".

"We must not lose how we feel at this moment", Durkan said.

As news of the shooting spread, police locked down nearby synagogues in the heavily Jewish neighbourhood. Rabbi Sholom Ber Levitin, regional director of Chabad Lubavitch of Seattle, said he has seen an outpouring of support and outrage.

Rabbi Perlman and the others then stayed in the closet with Wax, who died of his injuries, until it was safe to leave.

HIAS is an aid organization that has helped resettle Jewish refugees since its founding on the Lower East Side of Manhattan in 1881.

"HIAS likes to bring invaders in that kill our people", he is believed to have written on Gab.com, a social media site favoured by right-wing extremists.

"I can't sit by and watch my people get slaughtered", he posted. "Screw your optics, I'm going in".

Mr. Trump, who quickly branded Saturday's shooting an act of pure evil and called on Americans to rise above hatred, was already facing similar criticism ahead of November 6 congressional elections following pipe bombs mailed last week to some of his most prominent critics.

The massacre came at a time of increasing anti-Semitism in the US Earlier this year, the Anti-Defamation League reported a almost 60% rise in anti-Semitic incidents in 2017 - the largest single-year increase since the ADL began its tracking almost three decades ago.

Bandaged Pittsburgh synagogue 'shooter' makes court appearance in wheelchair