11 Jews killed in Pittsburgh Synagogue

In the deadliest attack on Jews in American History, 11 are killed and seven wounded in the Tree of Life synagogue in the Squirrel Hill neighborhood. The attack fits into a pattern of increasing anti-Semitic incidents across America. According to a 2018 Anti-Defamation League study, “the number of anti-Semitic incidents was nearly 60 percent higher in 2017 than 2016, the largest single-year increase on record and the second highest number reported since ADL started tracking incident data in the 1970s.” The shooter, who is captured alive, is known to be a regular on white nationalist internet forums. According to the Anti-Defamation League, “The online public sphere… has become progressively unhospitable for Jewish Americans… anti-Semitism has become normalized and harassment is a daily occurrence [online].” Following the attack, PM Netanyahu remarked that “…We stand together with the American people in the face of this horrendous anti-Semitic brutality and we all pray for the speedy recovery of the wounded.” Many American Jewish leaders attribute increased anti-Semitic sentiments to an upsurge in hate speech and vilification of American diversity carried out by high ranking politicians.