The deadly shooting at the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh isn’t just disturbing, it’s also the United States’ largest targeted murder of Jews to date. This distinction prompted the staff at The Jerusalem Post to compile a list of other attacks against the Jewish community around the globe in the last 40 years.
Author Seth J. Frantzman notes:
Yet, most of the attacks below were either not condemned as specifically antisemitic attacks, or their perpetrators were not found or were quietly deported. The list reveals that in country after country, in the wake of attacks, there has been a tendency to downplay the anti-Jewish nature of the violence and not recognize the attack as targeting Jews.
As we clearly call the Pittsburgh attack exactly what it was, an anti-Semitic hate crime, let us also remember these past crimes against the Jewish community. And let that prompt us all to redouble our efforts to pray for and stand strong with Israel and her people.
Here’s the first attack on their list:
October 9, 1982: Rome, Italy. Five Palestinians attacked the Great Synagogue of Rome as the Sabbath morning services were ending. The Palestinians murdered a two-year-old boy and wounded 37 civilians, throwing grenades and shooting them with automatic weapons. The attackers fled. One was later arrested in Greece, but Athens refused to extradite him, and instead deported him to Libya in 1989. He is believed to have been part of the Abu Nidal terrorist organization.
Join Rabbi Eckstein tonight, October 30, for a Town Hall discussion about the attack in Pittsburgh, the threat of anti-Semitism, and how all of us, Christians and Jews alike, must unite in prayer during these divisive times. Find more information here.