Editorial: Synagogue shooting saddens
Another act of hate was committed Saturday, Oct. 27 in Pittsburgh.
Worshippers gathered at the Tree of Life synagogue for a service that started at 9:45 a.m. A shooter entered the building, yelling anti-semitic remarks, and made an attack that lasted about 20 minutes and took 11 lives.
Two worshipers and four officers were also injured.
Many had gathered there for a naming ceremony, a celebration which marks the start of a baby’s journey in the Jewish faith.
The eldest of the 11 victims, Rose Mallinger, 97, was incorrectly reported to have been a holocaust victim. Although Mallinger was alive during the events of WWII, she was not in Europe during them.
However, according to Forward, Judah Samet, an 80-year-old who nearly avoided the shooting by being late to the service, was a holocaust survivor. Samet turned 8 while at the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp.
After Samet pulled into a handicapped parking spot on the ay of the shooting someone knocked on his window and alerted him that the shooting was taking place. After Samet realized what was happening, he said “My God; my story doesn’t end.”
The staff of The Lookout is deeply saddened by the act of hate that was committed. It is extremely disappointing that hateful acts are still committed in 2018 and, furthermore, that those filled with hate are able to get weapons to commit such acts.