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"You Are Not Welcome": Jewish Community Leaders Do Not Want President Trump to Come to Pittsburgh
Written by <a href="index.php?option=com_comprofiler&task=userProfile&user=44597"><span class="small">Matthew Rozsa, Salon</span></a>   
Monday, 29 October 2018 14:10

Rozsa writes: "A group of Jewish leaders in Pittsburgh have written a letter to President Donald Trump making it clear that he will not be welcome in their city until he takes responsibility for his own hateful rhetoric."

Mourners react during a memorial service at the Sailors and Soldiers Memorial Hall of the University of Pittsburgh, a day after 11 worshippers were killed at a Jewish synagogue in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, U.S., October 28, 2018. (photo: Cathal McNaughton/Reuters)
Mourners react during a memorial service at the Sailors and Soldiers Memorial Hall of the University of Pittsburgh, a day after 11 worshippers were killed at a Jewish synagogue in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, U.S., October 28, 2018. (photo: Cathal McNaughton/Reuters)


"You Are Not Welcome": Jewish Community Leaders Do Not Want President Trump to Come to Pittsburgh

By Matthew Rozsa, Salon

29 October 18


Following a mass shooting at Pittsburgh’s Tree of Life synagogue, city leaders call on Trump to condemn nationalism

group of Jewish leaders in Pittsburgh have written a letter to President Donald Trump making it clear that he will not be welcome in their city until he takes responsibility for his own hateful rhetoric.

The letter, which was written in the aftermath of the Tree of Life synagogue shooting on Saturday that left 11 people dead, was published by Bend The Arc. After expressing grief for the lives lost and ruined by the shooting on Saturday, the signatories argued that Trump's words and policies have a direct responsibility for what happened at that synagogue.

"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," the letter argued. "President Trump, you are not welcome in Pittsburgh until you fully denounce white nationalism."

It also condemned Trump for his words and deeds attacking "people of color, Muslims, LGBTQ people, and people with disabilities." In addition, the letter pointed to how suspect Robert Bowers singled out the Jewish refugee service HIAS in a public statement, indicating his belief that there is a connection between "the Jews" in general and the caravan of Central American migrants currently heading toward the US-Mexico border.

"President Trump, you are not welcome in Pittsburgh until you cease your assault on immigrants and refugees," the letter declared. "The Torah teaches that every human being is made b’tzelem Elohim, in the image of God. This means all of us."

It added, "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."

Rabbi Jeffrey Myers of the Tree of Life synagogue, which was targeted in the attack, told CNN on Monday that he plans on standing strong despite the recent violent attack against his congregation.

"We are a Tree of Life and, as I've said before to many, you can cut off some branches from our tree, but Tree of Life has been in Pittsburgh for 154 years," Myers told CNN. "We're not going anywhere. We will rebuild and we will be back stronger and better than ever. I will not let hate close down my building."

When asked if he would accept Trump at his synagogue should the president decide to visit, Myers announced that he was open to the idea.

"The President of the United States is always welcome. I'm a citizen, he's my president. He is certainly welcome," Myers told CNN.

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+5 # Wise woman 2018-10-29 18:33
Actually, I'd like more communities tell trump that he's not welcome in solidarity with Tree of Life. That any political leader would stand up and incite violence in front of a howling bunch of miscreants like last week's bomber is an affront to all Americans. It should be met with swift disapproval and not played up over and over by the msm who trump has the audacity to call take news when they're filming him live. This lying moron is too dangerous to not be taken seriously. We've all witnessed the results of his behavior last week and it's only going to get worse until he's stopped. Being totally ignored by the press would be a good beginning because he thrives on that.
 
 
+4 # DongiC 2018-10-29 21:08
Trump's recent rhetoric is vile; he represents the biblical dragon. Who wants such an evil presence at the wake and burial of loved ones? Let him stay in the White House among his own kind. They deserve each other.
 
 
+4 # relegn 2018-10-30 06:41
When, or if, our Supreme Leader arrives at the door of the Tree of Life synagogue the door should remain closed to him and any other of his fascist supporters.