By Abdus Sattar Ghazali
Muslim civil advocacy groups have strongly denounced the killing of worshipers
at the Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh PA. In solidarity with the Jewish
community two Muslim organizations have raised around $200,000 to help victims
and their families of the synagogue shooting.
Bowers, a white supremacist stormed into the synagogue during Sabbath and fired
upon innocent men, women, and children attending religious services, killing 11
and wounding 5. The shooting took place during a bris, a baby naming ceremony.
were close to 100 people inside of the synagogue at the time of the attack.
Robert Bowers, a 46-year-old resident of Pittsburgh, was arrested at the scene.
Bowers yelled “all Jews must die” as he entered the Tree of Life Congregation
Synagogue in Pittsburgh.
Attorney Scott Brady filed federal hate crimes charges against Bowers on
Saturday evening. Those charges include:
counts each of Obstruction of Exercise of Religious Beliefs Resulting in Death
and Use of a Firearm to Commit Murder During and in Relation to a Crime of
Violence, four counts of Obstruction of Exercise of Religious Beliefs Resulting
in Bodily Injury to a Public Safety Officer and three counts of Use and
Discharge of a Firearm During and in Relation to a Crime of Violence.
hour before the shooting, Bowers reportedly wrote on a social media site, Gab,
“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.” HIAS is the Hebrew
Immigrant Aid Society, a group that helps refugees.
groups raise about $ 200,000.00 for Pittsburgh Synagogue shooting victims
Mercy and MPower Change have banded together to raise money for their Jewish
brothers and sisters at Tree of Life Or L’Simcha Congregation, which was the
target of Saturday’s attack. They started a campaign on the Muslim-focused
crowdfunding site LaunchGood in the hopes of raising $25,000 for the synagogue
victims and their families. They are now close to $200,000.
their goal has been hit, the groups say, the funds will be immediately
transferred to the local Islamic Center of Pittsburgh, so they can be disbursed
to the families to pay for medical and funeral expenses.
wish to respond to evil with good, as our faith instructs us, and send a
powerful message of compassion through action,” the groups said in describing
the campaign on its crowdfunding page. “The Muslim-American community extends
its hands to help the shooting victims, whether it is the injured victims or
the Jewish families who have lost loved ones.”
this campaign, we hope to send a united message from the Jewish and Muslim
communities that there is no place for this type of hate and violence in
America. We pray that this restores a sense of security and peace to the
Jewish-American community who has undoubtedly been shaken by this event,” the
American Muslim Voice (AMV) has strongly condemned the tragic massacre at the
Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburg, PA, on Saturday Oct. 27.
statement, the AMV National President Khalid Saeed said the AMV denounces hate
in all its forms, and will continue working with all communities, including the
Jewish community, to combat the hate and discrimination that affects us all.
happened Saturday is the worst nightmare for any religious community. We stand
in solidarity and pray for our Jewish brothers and sisters. We denounce hate in
all its forms and condemns the anti-Semitism that motivated this horrific
Muslim Advocates strongly condemned the killing of worshipers at the Tree of
Life synagogue in Pittsburgh PA.
statement Farhana Khera, executive director of Muslim Advocates, said:
thoughts and prayers are with the victims and their families and the Jewish
community of Pittsburgh. Places of worship should be safe havens and
sanctuaries. Rising anti-Semitism is a scourge in our nation and must end.”
American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee (ADC) offered its sincerest
condolences to the families of the victims of the tragic massacre at the Tree
of Life Synagogue in Pittsburg, PA, this past Saturday, and strongly condemns
the hatefully-motivated attack.
murder of the innocent worshippers during morning services shocks the
conscience and is a reminder that if left unchecked, white nationalism will
continue to spread deadly violence across America, the ADC said in a statement
ADC calls on the Trump administration to immediately disavow white nationalism/supremacy,
and to stop the assault and targeting of immigrants and refugees. The
administration of Donald Trump has provided an opportunity for the ideology of
hate to fester into the open, and as a result we have seen a wave of violence
targeting minority communities. White nationalism and supremacy threatens the
safety of minority communities across the country. It is the duty of our
elected officials, including the President, to stand up against this ideology
and demonstrate that such hate crimes will not be forgotten.
ADC stands against all hate crimes and pledges to continue fighting them. ADC
denounces hate in all its forms, and will continue working with all
communities, including the Jewish community, to combat the hate and discrimination
that affects us all, the ADC statement concluded.
Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) also denounced the attack on
Program Director Zohra Lasania said:
condemn this heinous and cowardly attack on a house of worship, offer heartfelt
condolences to the loved ones of all those who were killed or injured and
express our solidarity with the Jewish community during this time of shock and
Florida Chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-Florida)
expressed solidarity with the Jewish community in Pittsburgh and nationwide
following a deadly attack on a synagogue in that city.
statement, CAIR-Florida Executive Director Hassan Shibly said on Saturday:
attack on one synagogue is an attack on every mosque, church, temple and place
of peace and worship in this country. We feel utterly sickened to learn that 11
of our Jewish brothers and sisters were killed in cold blood as they worshiped
today by a man driven by hate.”
Islamic Circle of North America (ICNA) strongly condemned the terrible carnage
Saturday at the Tree of Life Synagogue in the Squirrel Hill neighborhood of
statement the organization said that ICNA stands in solidarity with the victims
and the Jewish community struck by this terrorist act of anti-semitism.
synagogue is a partner of the Jewish group HIAS, the Hebrew Immigrant Aid
Society, which was supporting efforts to bring and resettle refugees, including
Muslim immigrants, in the United States, ICNA statement said adding: ICNA
resolves to confront the scourge of antisemitism, Islamophobia, anti-Black
racism, bigotry, and xenophobia in all of its ugly forms.
Council of Muslim Organizations (USCMO), the largest coalition of leading
national and local Muslim-American organizations, vehemently condemned the
heinous crime committed at the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh, PA, during
Saturday morning services when a gunman uttered anti-semitic slurs, opened fire
on the congregants, and killed 11 people and injured few others.
USCMO, in a statement said, it “denounces hate in all its forms and condemns
the anti-Semitism that motivated this harrowing incident. We offer our deepest condolences
to the families of the victims. Our thoughts and prayers go out to those who
were hurt by this violence, and to all those in our Jewish communities who are
reeling from this staggering news.”
Abdus Sattar Ghazali is the chief editor of the
Journal of America