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.
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