Politicians Condemn Chabad Shooting

FILE - In this June 27, 2017, file photo, Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper, left, joined by Ohio Gov. John Kasich, speaks during a news conference at the National Press Club in Washington. The bipartisan governor duo is urging Congress to retain the federal health care law's unpopular individual mandate while seeking to stabilize individual insurance markets as legislators continue work on a long-term replacement law. Kasich, and Hickenlooper shared their plan in a letter to congressional leaders Thursday, Aug. 31, 2017. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, file)

Political and religious leaders condemned Saturday’s attack and voiced their support of the Jewish community.

Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., tweeted: “Yet again a place of worship is the target of senseless gun violence and hate. Anti-Semitism is real in this country and we must not be silent – enough is enough.”

Rep. Scott Peters, D-Calif., also posted on the social platform, condemning the act of violence: “Tragic news that a gunman has attacked Chabad of Poway synagogue, on this, the last day of Passover, a day that is supposed to be a celebration of faith and freedom. I am thinking of, and praying for, those hurt and affected.”

Former Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper, a Democratic presidential candidate, said the latest synagogue shooting underscores the need for tougher gun laws.

“This is one more demonstration that we have a new normal, and that we have become so divided that . . . we are allowing the divisions to lead to hate and allowing the hate to lead to violence,” Hickenlooper, who was governor during the Aurora movie theater shooting in 2012 that killed 12 people, told reporters after speaking at a labor forum in Las Vegas on Saturday afternoon. “It is a combination of President Trump’s leadership at the top but tied into some of the real challenges we have around issues of mental health. People seem so vulnerable to the hatred.”

The Anti-Defamation League, which has recorded mass murders of Jews in the United States for decades, also vowed to work with law enforcement to monitor the situation.

“The Jewish community again is devastated,” Jonathan Greenblatt, the organization’s CEO, said Saturday. “It’s heartbreaking to see yet another tragedy on Shabbat, on Passover, exactly 6 months after the Tree of Life.”

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  1. It seems so pathetic to blame Trump for anti Semitic attacks. A non-Jew doesn’t differentiate between Zionism, Israel, and Jews as a religion. Trump’s pro israel views, policies, and the actions he’s taken in support of israel, should only be an example that teaches the opposite of anti semitism. It’s the liberals who are bringing down society, and that are corrupting all morals- not Trump. You may blame him for other things, but not this time.

  2. This killer was encouraged by Ilan Omer’s hate of Jews and the circling of the wagon’s to protect her by Jewish Democrats like Elliot Engel, Jerrold Nadler, and Adam Schiff.

  3. I agree with shmuel. If you look at the letter the shooter supposedly wrote before he carried out the attack (posted by matziv), he clearly writes he is not a supporter of the Jew loving Trump. But of course, those liberals will always blame Trump for anything and everything. It is so scary to imagine where the world is heading with all this liberal craziness. It was a slow process where they have been slowly dripping their ideas into society, and sure enough people are starting to believe them. We don’t even realize it, but it’s crept it’s way into our Jewish society. Our only way of protecting ourselves is by learning proper Jewish hashkafa.

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