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Toomey, Casey Resolution Condemning Horrific Attack in Pittsburgh Synagogue Passes Unanimously

November 19, 2018
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Washington, D.C. - The U.S. Senate has unanimously passed a bipartisan measure condemning the horrific, anti-Semitic attack at the Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh.

A resolution, offered by Senators Pat Toomey (R-Pa.) and Bob Casey (D-Pa.) and cosponsored by the entire Senate, mourns the victims who were senselessly murdered and expresses the hope that their memory may be a blessing to their families and community.

This resolution expresses support for a full recovery for those injured in the attack and the medical professionals who provided, and continue to provide care. Finally, the resolution honors the selfless and dedicated service of law enforcement and emergency response officials who responded to the attack.

"On October 27th, Pittsburgh, the Jewish community, and our entire country were shaken by a horrific, anti-Semitic attack that occurred during Shabbat morning services at the Tree of Life synagogue. This attack was a cowardly act of brutal violence, fueled by anti-Semitism, a corrupt and repulsive ideology that betrays our most fundamental values as a nation," said Senator Toomey. "I greatly appreciate my colleagues unanimous support for the city of Pittsburgh and the Jewish community."

"I commend my Senate colleagues for standing with me and Senator Toomey in solidarity with the Tree of Life congregants, members of the Pittsburgh Jewish community and our Jewish brothers and sisters across the nation to denounce not only this act of anti-Semitism, but all acts of violence and harassment motivated by hate," said Senator Casey. "Acts of terror like the shooting at Tree of Life Synagogue-violent acts that target Americans based on race, gender or ability, based on whom they love or how they worship-break the fundamental promise that our country makes to Americans and to the rest of the world."

The resolution, in its entirety, is provided below.

Condemning the horrific, anti-Semitic attack at a synagogue in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, expressing support and prayers for all those affected by the tragedy, and applauding the dedication and bravery of law enforcement and emergency response officials in responding to the attack.

Whereas, on October 27, 2018, a mass shooting took place at the Tree of Life synagogue in the Squirrel Hill neighborhood of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, where members of the Tree of Life, Dor Hadash, and New Light Jewish congregations were engaged in Shabbat morning services;

Whereas 11 innocent people were killed in the attack, and 6 others suffered injuries, including 4 law enforcement officers who responded to the attack;

Whereas the people of the United States are grateful for the swift action of law enforcement officers, emergency response teams, and medical professionals who responded to the attack;

Whereas the perpetrator of the attack espoused anti-Semitic views and targeted the people worshipping at the Tree of Life synagogue because of their religious beliefs;

Whereas the attack is believed to be the deadliest anti-Semitic attack in the history of the United States;

Whereas anti-Semitism is a pernicious and offensive form of prejudice that runs contrary to the values of the United States; and

Whereas the number of anti-Semitic incidents, including assaults, vandalism, and harassment, in the United States has increased every year since 2013, according to the Anti-Defamation League: Now, therefore, be it

Resolved, That the Senate-

(1) condemns the horrific, anti-Semitic attack at the Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, on October 27, 2018, in which 11 innocent people were killed and 6 were injured;

(2) honors the memory of the victims who were killed and expresses the hope that their memory may be a blessing to their families and community;

(3) expresses hope for a full and speedy recovery and pledges continued support for the people who were injured in the attack;

(4) offers heartfelt condolences and deepest sympathies to the Tree of Life, Dor Hadash, and New Life Jewish congregations, the Pittsburgh Jewish community, and the families, friends, and loved ones affected by the tragedy;

(5) honors the selfless and dedicated service of the law enforcement and emergency response officials who responded to the attack and the medical professionals who provided and continue to provide care for the victims;

(6) condemns rising anti-Semitism and stands with the Jewish community in Pittsburgh, the United States, and around the world; and

(7) reaffirms the commitment of the United States-

(A) to condemn anti-Semitism in all its forms;

(B) to protect the right of the people of the United States to freely exercise their religious beliefs; and

(C) to ensure the safety and security of all people of the United States.