SWAT police officers respond after a gunman opened fire at the Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, October 27, 2018.
(photo credit: JOHN ALTDORFER/REUTERS)
A Pittsburgh-based Jewish group sent a letter to President Donald Trump on Monday according to which he is not welcome in Pittsburgh until he denounces white nationalism in response to the murder of 11 Jews at the Tree of Life Synagogue
in the city on Saturday.
"For the past three years your words and your policies have emboldened a growing white nationalist movement. You yourself called the murderer evil, but yesterday’s violence is the direct culmination of your influence," members of Bend The Arc wrote. "President Trump, you are not welcome in Pittsburgh until you stop targeting and endangering all minorities."
The letter is signed by 11 members of the organization's Pittsburgh branch.
According to its website, Bend the Arc is "a movement of tens of thousands of progressive Jews all across the country. For years, we’ve worked to build a more just society. Now we’re rising up in solidarity with everyone threatened by the Trump agenda to fight for the soul of our nation."
Members of its board include Alexander Soros, the son of Jewish billionaire George Soros, a frequent target of the alt-Right in the United States as well as Peter Beinart, a prominent left-wing American columnist.
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