In what is now the deadliest anti-Semitic attack in U.S. history, a 48-year-old gunman entered the Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh last Saturday, killing 11 and wounding six others. The gunman was reported to have shouted, “All Jews must die,” as he opened fire.
- Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said the people of Israel are standing with the Jewish community of Pittsburgh and “grieve with the families of the dead.”
- In response to this horrific attack, Fellowship Founder and President Rabbi Yechiel Eckstein addressed more than 17,000 callers during a tele-town hall, calling on Christians and Jews to partner with God in “fighting hate, bigotry, and anti-Semitism.”
- A trauma team of Israeli experts was sent to Pittsburgh to share “techniques and tools that we have developed in Israel” in coping with tragedy.
- New tensions are rising in the Middle East as Israel accused Iran of ordering Palestinian militant groups to fire rockets into Israel last weekend. More than 35 rockets were fired by the radical group Islamic Jihad, sparking strong counter-strikes from Israel.
This week’s Israel in the News Perspective features The Fellowship’s Global Executive Vice President Yael Eckstein on the tragic shooting in Pittsburgh.