SWC Expresses Horror at Synagogue Shootings; Calls on President Trump To Help Stop Extremism in America

October 27, 2018

The Simon Wiesenthal Center expresses its condolences to the families of the victims of today’s shooting at a synagogue in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

“We are sickened by this horrific attack at the Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh’s historic Jewish neighborhood. Our thoughts and prayers are with the families of the dead and injured as well as the rest of the congregation and Jewish community.

“We urge President Trump to immediately convene an emergency meeting of religious leaders to help stop the slide to extremism in American Society,“ said Rabbi Marvin Hier and Abraham Cooper, Dean and Founder and Associate Dean and Director of Global Social Action said in a statement released Saturday night in Austria, Vienna.

“Americans need and want leadership from both sides of the political aisle to stop the continuous slide to the brink. The President should also immediately convene a cross section of faith leaders to help turn the tide against hate and extremism.

"This Wednesday the SWC will release a national poll that shows a plurality of Americans believe the US is headed to a Civil War,”
the rabbis concluded.

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