Today marks two years since the mass shooting at Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh. 11 Jews, ages 54 to 97, were killed. Six additional people were wounded, including four law enforcement officers. May the memories of all who perished so tragically continue to be blessings.
This was the deadliest attack on the Jewish community in the United States. According to the American Jewish Committee’s “The State of Anti-Semitism in America” report – released yesterday – more than one in three American Jews reported being the target of an anti-Semitic incident. Here in Los Angeles, violent hate crimes have hit their highest level in more than a decade. Crimes by white supremacists have jumped 38%.
We must combat hate. We must keep guns out of the hands of those who perpetuate it. And we must hold our national leaders accountable for finally and fully addressing our nation’s gun violence crisis. This must be on the agenda after Election Day.