Two years ago today, a white supremacist terrorist armed with an assault rifle, several handguns and a depraved hatred of Jews stormed into the Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh on a sabbath morning and gunned down 11 worshippers in cold blood. It was the deadliest anti-Semitic attack in U.S. history.
The Pittsburgh attacker was motivated by a hatred of Jews, but his attack was part of a rising tide of overall violent white supremacism that now sweeps across America. Like a contagious virus, white supremacism does not discriminate. It targets Blacks, Jews and all others whose very existence is regarded as a threat to a racist world order.
We urge the president, whoever that may be on Jan. 21, 2021, to confront and combat the hate and the domestic-based violent extremism it fuels.