U.S. President Donald Trump issued a proclamation Sunday that the flag of the United States be lowered to half-mast at the White House, at all military posts and naval stations, and on all naval vessels, “as a mark of solemn respect for the victims at the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh, PA.”


The proclamation followed a series of statements in which the president said “All of America is in mourning over the mass murder of Jewish Americans at the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh. We pray for those who perished and their loved ones, and our hearts go out to the brave police officers who sustained serious injuries. This evil Anti-Semitic (sic) attack is an assault on humanity. It will take all of us working together to extract the poison of Anti-Semitism from our world. We must unite to conquer hate.”

The flag of Israel also flew at half-mast Sunday at the Israeli Embassy in Washington DC, as the people of Israel mourned the fallen Jewish worshipers in Pittsburgh.

Likewise, the flag of Israel flew at half-mast at the Rambam Medical Center in Haifa as well, at the direction of the hospital CEO, Professor Rafi Beyar, who is currently in Pennsylvania. Beyar issued a statement expressing his shock and that of the Rambam Medical Center community over the massacre.

In France, the government did not fly the nation’s flag at half-mast. But in a gesture equally – or even more – meaningful to world travelers, the lights of the Eiffel Tower was set to go dark at midnight instead, in solidarity with the victims of the massacre at the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh, PA.

The murders constituted the deadliest attack on the Jewish community in U.S. history, according to the Anti-Defamation League.

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Hana Levi Julian is a Middle East news analyst with a degree in Mass Communication and Journalism from Southern Connecticut State University. A past columnist with The Jewish Press and senior editor at Arutz 7, Ms. Julian has written for Babble.com, Chabad.org and other media outlets, in addition to her years working in broadcast journalism.