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October 30, 2018 GMT

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CLEVELAND, Ohio -- The deadliest anti-Semitic attack in U.S. history didn’t occur in the 1940′s during World War II, it occured in 2018, during the Trump presidency, triggered by Trump/Fox News fear mongering and a anti-Semitic conspiracy theory about the Honduras migrant caravan.

Eleven of America’s finest citizens were massacred by one of America’s worst, as they worshiped in their Pittsburgh synagogue, The Tree of Life.

Imagine your elderly parents, or grandparents, or siblings, or yourself, being ripped apart, disfigured and killed by an AR-15 assault rifle while attending a morning religious service.

Based on his last social media postings on ‘Gab’, anti-Semite Robert Bowers targeted the Tree of Life synagogue over the migrant caravan Fox News and Trump have demonized, and others have falsely linked to a Jewish conspiracy backed by George Soros.

Bowers had expressed hate for HIAS- the Hebrew Immigration Aid group.   He had sarcastically thanked HIAS for a post where they listed groups that supported a refugee benefit, one of which met at the Tree of Life synagogue.   “We appreciate this list of friends you have provided,” Bowers wrote on Gab.

On Gab, Bowers echoed Fox News and Trump alarmist talking points, writing about “massive human caravans of young men from Honduras and El Salvador invading America thru our unsecured southern border.”

Just before going into the Tree of Life to try and cut down everyone in it with a hail of gunfire, Bowers posted that “HIAS likes to bring invaders in that kill our people.  I can’t sit by and watch my people get slaughtered.  Screw your optics, I’m going in.”

Bowers went in and slaughtered our people, the American people,and the American principles of liberty, freedom of religion, pursuit of happiness.

Fear Monger-in-Chief Trump is due to visit Pittsburgh today, just as the first of the 11 people killed under the climate of hate he helped foster are laid to rest.

The Mayor of Pittsburgh, William Peduto had asked The White House to postpone Trump’s visit.

“If the President is looking to come to Pittsburgh, I would ask that he not do so while we are burying the dead.  I would ask that White House staff contact the families and ask them if they want the President to be here.

We do not have enough public safety officials to provided enough protection at the funerals and to able at the same time draw attention to a potential presidential visit,” the Mayor said in his statement.

Others in Pittsburgh said Trump would be unwelcomed until he disavows white nationalism.

Trump will be the ‘odd man in’ if travels to Pittsburgh.  Unlike Trump, the people of Pittsburgh reacted to the shooting with gravitas and unifying messages bringing together the Jewish, Christian and Muslim communities.  In contrast, Trump has reacted to the pipe bombing attempts and synagogue killings by not postponing political rallies, blaming the media, and joking about bad hair days when the nation is having bad humans days and bad president days.

Here are the pillars of the Pittsburgh community that were lost Saturday morning.  They could be anyone of us or anyone of our family or friends.   Shalom.

Irving Younger,69

Melvin Wax, 88

Rose Mallinger, 97

Bernice Simon, 84

Sylvan Simon, 86

Dr. Jerry Rabinowitz, 66

Joyce Fienberg, 75

Dr. Richard Gottfried, 65

Daniel Stein, 71

Cecil Rosenthal, 59

David Rosenthal, 54