U.S. Sens. Bob Casey (D-PA) and John Fetterman (D-PA) announced on Thursday the unanimous Senate passage of a resolution recognizing the fifth commemoration of the Pittsburgh synagogue shooting, remembering the 11 Jewish worshippers who were murdered and the seven others, including five law enforcement officers, who were injured during the attack.
“Five years ago, our Nation witnessed a cowardly and horrific act of violence as 11 Jewish worshippers observing Shabbat morning services across three congregations — Tree of Life, Dor Hadash, and New Light — at a synagogue in Pittsburgh were tragically killed,” Casey said. “With this unanimously-passed resolution, we honor the memory of those taken from us that day and reaffirm in the strongest terms that hatred has no place in our Nation. We must continue working to root out the antisemitism and bigotry that plague our world.”
“Five years ago, a shooter entered the Tree of Life synagogue and murdered eleven worshippers in a hateful, disgusting, and antisemitic attack. We will never forget this hateful act, the victims who were injured or killed, and its impact on the Jewish community in Pittsburgh and nation-wide,” Fetterman said. “I am proud to join Senator Casey in this resolution to remember and honor the lives lost in this horrific massacre.”
The resolution honors the memory of the victims of the antisemitic attack at the synagogue home to the Tree of Life, Dor Hadash, and New Light congregations; honors the first responders and those who continue to provide care for the survivors and their families, as well as the law enforcement agencies and federal prosecutors who worked to bring the perpetrator to justice; expresses solidarity with the Pittsburgh Jewish community and those affected by the massacre; condemns rising antisemitism in all its forms; and reaffirms the commitment of the United States to protect the right of the people of the United States to freely exercise their religious beliefs, according to a news release from Casey’s office.
On Friday, U.S. Rep. Summer Lee, who represents Squirrel Hill, also introduced a resolution honoring the memory of the victims of the synagogue shooting and pledging to fight all forms of antisemitism and bigotry. The resolution was signed by 63 members of the House, and all eight Democratic members of the Pennsylvania Congressional delegation, including Pittsburgh-area U.S. Rep. Chris Deluzio. PJC