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The Etz Chayim (Tree of Life) synagogue in the Squirrel Hill neighborhood of Pittsburgh was attacked by a mass shooter on Shabbat, Oct. 27, 2018

“Anti-Semitic and racist flyers” have been found in the Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania neighborhood of Squirrel Hill, where just a little more than a month ago, 11 Jews were slaughtered by a shooter at the Tree of Life Synagogue.

The pamphlets have not been published by any news outlet. They were spread throughout other neighborhoods as well, according to local media.


“Such hate-filled material will not be tolerated in Pittsburgh — not by residents, city officials, nor law enforcement,” Pittsburgh police said in a news release on the weekend. “The Department of Public Safety . . . assures the community that we are taking this matter very seriously and will follow every investigative avenue.

“Pittsburgh is and will remain Stronger than Hate,” police said.

Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh CEO Jeff Finkelstein described the pamphlets as “recruitment information for the Ku Klux Klan” after having seen them on Facebook.

“This is a prime example of how hateful people don’t only hate one group of people,” Finkelstein told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

“The Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh stands in solidarity with the African-American community and all other communities who join with us as we continue to fight anti-Semitism, racism and hate with love. To quote Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., ‘Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.’

“We are committed to the safety and security of the Greater Pittsburgh Jewish community. We have the utmost confidence in our local and national law enforcement as they investigate,” he added.


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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, and other media outlets, in addition to her years working in broadcast journalism.