Mourning Protestors at Tree of Life Synagogue Turned Their Back on Trump

Mourning Protestors at Tree of Life Synagogue Turned Their Back on Trump

Mourning Protestors at Tree of Life Synagogue Turned Their Back on Trump

Jeff Izenson, one of the mourners attending the private visitation and service, knew the family and worked with the mother. "Everyone was attractive to him", Wedner, whose family has owned the Squirrel Hill Flower Shop for about 70 years, tells TIME. "Cecil used to come in and ask me for a dollar", Levin says.

A participant in the march in memory of the victims of the Tree of Life Synagogue shooting, holds a sign opposing U.S. President Donald Trump, in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, U.S., October 30, 2018.

As the first of the funerals began for the 11 victims of Saturday's attack on the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh, Pa., the Kingston community came together in support.

Top congressional leaders from both political parties declined invitations from Trump to join him in visiting, while the family of one of the victims is refusing to meet the president.

One stone and one rosebud for each victim.

Everybody feels that [Trump's remarks] were inappropriate.

Funeral services were also held for Jerry Rabinowitz, a 66-year-old family physician, and retiree Daniel Stein, 71.

White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders says the president's visit to the Pittsburgh synagogue where 11 people were slain in the worst act of anti-Semitic violence in American history was "very humbling" and "very sad".

"He was somebody that everybody liked", Halle said. "He was blaming the community".

The other victims' funerals have been scheduled through Friday.

The Anti-Defamation League, which has tracked hatred and violence against Jews since the 1970s, said the Pittsburgh mayhem was the worst attack against the Jewish community in US history.

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Edmonton police got in touch with the Jewish community following Saturday's mass shooting, Shafir said. "But today we have to concentrate on mourning and set aside our political differences".

Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto, a Democrat, told reporters before the visit was announced that the White House ought to consult with the families of the victims about their preferences and asked that the president not come during a funeral.

On Tuesday, Donald and Melania Trump spoke with the leader of the Tree of Life synagogue, Jeffrey Myers, and the Israeli Ambassador to the United States, Ron Dermer. "Hate is not blue, hate is not red, hate is not purple... hate is in all", he continued.

Knowing that they were probably the first to greet the gunman when he walked in - "that's the hardest part for me", said Cathy Bremer after the joint funeral. Her second motivation, she emphasised, was speaking out against Trump.

"I think it's more divisive than uniting", librarian Nonie Heystek, 57, said of Trump's arrival.

Ronna Wedner's voice broke as she recalled Cecil Rosenthal's daily visits to her flower shop in the Squirrel Hill neighborhood of Pittsburgh.

Authorities accuse Bowers of carrying out the rampage out of vitriolic hatred of Jews, posting anti-Semitic tirades online and screaming "All Jews must die!" as he opened fire.

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"I'm just going to pay my respects", Trump told Fox News on Monday. "I'm also going to the hospital to see the officers and some of the people that were so badly hurt". "That really crushes me, they were such sweet men", remembered teacher Arlene Wolk who knew them both from synagogue. "I would have done it even sooner, but I didn't want to disrupt anymore than they already had disruption".

They held signs with such slogans as "We build bridges not walls", "Trump, Renounce White Nationalism Now" and "Trump's lies kill".

Abraham Foxman, a Holocaust survivor who led the Anti-Defamation League for almost 30 years, made the same argument to reach the opposite conclusion from the letter signers. "I found him amusing and soulful and always prepared".

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