PM Netanyahu: We must fight fanaticism – It starts with the Jews but never ends with the Jews

Ministers stood and observed a minute of silence on Sunday at the start of the weekly Cabinet meeting in memory of those who were murdered by a Jew-hater terrorist in Pittsburgh yesterday.

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“The entire people of Israel grieve with the families of the people who were murdered in the shocking massacre at the Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh.

“On behalf of myself, the Government of Israel and the people of Israel, from the depth of our hearts, I send our condolences to the families who lost their loved ones. We all pray for the swift recovery of the wounded.

“It is very difficult to exaggerate the horror of the murder of Jews who had gathered in a synagogue on Shabbat and were murdered just because they were Jews.

“Israel stands at the forefront with the Jewish community of Pittsburgh, with all Jewish communities in the US and with the American people. We stand together, at the forefront, against anti-Semitism and displays of such barbarity.

“I call upon the whole world to unite in the fight against anti-Semitism everywhere. Today regretfully we refer to the US where the largest anti-Semitic crime in its history took place, but also, Western Europe, where there is a struggle against manifestations of new anti-Semitism.

“Of course, there is also the old and familiar anti-Semitism, and that of radical Islam. On all these fronts we must stand up and fight back against this brutal fanaticism. It starts with the Jews but never ends with the Jews”, PM Netanyahu said.

“I was heartbroken and appalled by the murderous attack on a Pittsburgh synagogue today, PM Netanyahu said on Saturday evening.

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The Israeli Ambassador to the US, Ron Dermer, reacted to the shooting attack: “The Jewish state mourns with the Jewish community of Pittsburgh over this horrific attack. May God avenge their blood. To all the anti-Semites out there on Twitter: Am Yisrael Chai! (the people of Israel live),” he Tweeted.

President Donald Trump called Robert Bowles “pure evil”. “This wicked act of mass murder is pure evil. You wouldn’t think this would be possible in this day and age, but we just don’t seem to learn from the past,” Trump said during a rally in Indianapolis.

“There must be no tolerance for anti-Semitism in America or for any form of religious or racial hatred or prejudice”

“We are praying for the families of the victims and our hearts go out to the wounded law enforcement officers in Pittsburgh”, President Trump said.

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President Trump ordered American flags to be flown at half-staff on all federal buildings nationwide “as a mark of solemn respect for the victims of the terrible act of violence perpetrated at The Tree of Life Synagogue”. The order will be in effect until sunset on October 31.

Education and Diaspora Affairs Minister Naftali Bennett will be traveling to Pittsburgh.  “I am going to offer strength to the community and its leaders, and to examine how we can offer assistance,” he said.

“When Jews are murdered in Pittsburgh, the people of Israel feel pain. All Israel are responsible for one another,” Bennett said.

The city hall building in Tel Aviv lit up with an American flag to show solidarity with the American people.

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