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Monday, March 4, 2024

Pro-Hamas Leftists Vandalize Tree of Life Synagogue Where Mass Shooting Occurred

'The day before the fifth anniversary of the deadliest anti-Semitic attack in this country’s history, it is beyond the pale that this type of thing would happen in this neighborhood...'

(Jacob Bruns, Headline USA) Far-left radicals painted anti-Semitic graffiti on the Tree of Life synagogue five years after a mass shooting took place at the venue, the Washington Examiner reported.

The Pittsburgh synagogue shooting, which occured Oct. 27, 2018, led to the deaths of 11 people.

On Friday’s fifth anniversary, members woke up to “FREE PALESTINE” graffiti scrawled along the brickwork in front of the building.

The vandals also crossed out the word “Israel” in the synagogue’s “We Stand with Israel” sign, and replaced it with “Gaza.”

Rich Fitzgerald—an outgoing Democrat executive for Allegheny County who has lived for over 40 years in the “Squirrel Hill” neighborhood, where the school and synagogue are located—condemned the timing of the brazen hate crime.

“The day before the fifth anniversary of the deadliest anti-Semitic attack in this country’s history, it is beyond the pale that this type of thing would happen in this neighborhood,” he said.

He also accused the vandals of engaging in “intimidation,” noting that they were trying to “stoke fear in the community.”

The incident continued to demonstrate the rift that the IsraelHamas conflict has wrought among those on the left.

Despite the high probability of the graffiti being the work of leftists, several Democrat politicians joined Fitzgerald in condemning it.

Sen. Bob Casey, D-Pa., said that he called school officials to offer his condolences.

“I just got off the phone with Dr. McCoy of Allderdice High School and Rabbi Myers from the Tree of Life to check in an offer my support,” he said. “This is a painful week for the Squirrel Hill neighborhood and the entire Jewish community in Pittsburgh. I stand with them, now and always.”

Casey was joined in his lament by fellow Sen. John Fetterman, D-Pa. who said that the only things that should be on the wall were the Israeli flag and photos of the Hamas kidnapping.

He also called the graffiti “reprehensible.”

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