Pitts­burgh buries shoot­ing vic­tims

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PITTS­BURGH: Pitts­burgh’s Jewish com­mu­nity was gath­er­ing on Tues­day to Bury THE irst vic­tims of THE DEAD­LI­EST at­tack on the US Jewish com­mu­nity as crit­ics pre­pared to protest Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump’s visit to the city.

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.

Jerry Rabi­nowitz, 66, will also be buried on Tues­day. Robert Bow­ers, 46, is ac­cused of storm­ing into the synagogue yelling “All Jews must die” and open­ing ire on mem­bers of THREE Con­gre­ga­tions hold­ing Sab­bath prayer ser­vices there.

Bow­ers was or­dered held with­out bail in a fed­eral court on Mon­day.

Trump said he would visit hos­pi­talised po­lice ofi­cers AND other peo­ple wounded in the mass shoot­ing.

“I’m just go­ing to pay my re­spects,” Trump told Fox News on Mon­day night. “I would have done it even sooner, but I didn’t want to dis­rupt any­more than they al­ready had dis­rup­tion.”

Mem­bers of Pitts­burgh’s Jewish com­mu­nity said they would protest against Trump. In an an­nounce­ment for a protest to be held on Tues­day af­ter­noon, or­gan­is­ers said, “Pres­i­dent Trump, words have con­se­quences.”

“The gun­man who tore apart our neigh­bour­hood be­lieved your lies about the im­mi­grant car­a­van in Mex­ico,” the an­nounce­ment read, re­fer­ring to a group of mi­grants who are trekking through Mex­ico to­ward the United States. “He be­lieved an­tisemitic lies that Jews were fund­ing the car­a­van”

The an­nounce­ment also echoed an open let­ter from a group of lo­cal Jewish lead­ers who told Trump: “You are not wel­come in Pitts­burgh un­til you fully de­nounce white na­tion­al­ism.”

More than 43,000 peo­ple have signed the let­ter, or­gan­ised and posted on­line by the Pitts­burgh chap­ter of Bend the Arc, a Jewish or­gan­i­sa­tion op­posed to what it calls “the im­moral agenda of the Trump ad­min­is­tra­tion and the Repub­li­can Party.”

Pitts­burgh Mayor Bill Pe­duto said he was also against Trump’s visit be­cause It would CO­IN­CIDE with THE irst Fu­ner­als.

Pe­duto said Trump should wait un­til all the fu­ner­als were held, adding that the visit and ad­di­tional se­cu­rity mea­sures en­tailed would dis­tract at­ten­tion from the “pri­or­ity” of bury­ing the dead.

On Mon­day, a US mag­is­trate judge or­dered the suspect, Bow­ers, to be held with­out bond. The one-time truck driver, who fre­quently posted anti-semitic ma­te­rial on­line and was de­scribed by neigh­bors as a loner, was charged with 29 fed­eral felony counts.

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