Jewish leaders in Pittsburgh has written Donald Trump and extraordinary letter that says until he changes his rhetoric, he’s not welcome in Pittsburgh.
Read our demands to @POTUS after a gunman killed 11 of our brothers and sisters at #TreeOfLife #DorHadash and #NewLight in Squirrel Hill, Pittsburgh. If you are so inclined, please sign your name in support. https://t.co/pVytT2a9Sz
— Bend The Arc: Pittsburgh (@bendthearcpgh) October 28, 2018
Yesterday, a gunman slaughtered 11 Americans during Shabbat morning services. We mourn with the victims’ families and pray for the wounded. Here in Mr. Rogers’ neighborhood, we express gratitude for the first responders and for the outpouring of support from our neighbors near and far. We are committed to healing as a community while we recommit ourselves to repairing our nation.
For the past three years your words and your policies have emboldened a growing white nationalist movement. You yourself called the murderer evil, but yesterday’s violence is the direct culmination of your influence.
President Trump, you are not welcome in Pittsburgh until you fully denounce white nationalism.
Our Jewish community is not the only group you have targeted. You have also deliberately undermined the safety of people of color, Muslims, LGBTQ people, and people with disabilities. Yesterday’s massacre is not the first act of terror you incited against a minority group in our country.
President Trump, you are not welcome in Pittsburgh until you stop targeting and endangering all minorities.
The murderer’s last public statement invoked the compassionate work of the Jewish refugee service HIAS at the end of a week in which you spread lies and sowed fear about migrant families in Central America. He killed Jews in order to undermine the efforts of all those who find shared humanity with immigrants and refugees.
President Trump, you are not welcome in Pittsburgh until you cease your assault on immigrants and refugees.
The Torah teaches that every human being is made b’tzelem Elohim, in the image of God.
This means all of us.
In our neighbors, Americans, and people worldwide who have reached out to give our community strength, there we find the image of God. While we cannot speak for all Pittsburghers, or even all Jewish Pittsburghers, we know we speak for a diverse and unified group when we say:
President Trump, you are not welcome in Pittsburgh until you commit yourself to compassionate, democratic policies that recognize the dignity of all of us.
Bend the Arc: Pittsburgh
Elinor S. Nathanson
Avigail S. Oren
Meanwhile, memorial services for the victims continued Sunday night. Thousands gathered at the Soldiers and Sailors National Memorial.
The thousands gathered together at Soldiers & Sailors National Memorial and Museum sing a blessing of healing during an interfaith vigil held to mourn the shooting victims of the Tree of Life Congregation Sunday evening in North Oakland. @PGVisuals @PittsburghPG pic.twitter.com/MVsMGfkMAj
— Jessie Wardarski (@JKayWardarski) October 28, 2018
The United States Attorney for Pittsburgh said he will seek the death penalty for the alleged gunman, 46-year-old Robert Bowers.