Washington: More than 30,000 people have signed an open letter to President Donald Trump from the leaders of a Pittsburgh-based Jewish group who say the president will not be welcome in the city unless he denounces white nationalism and stops “targeting” minorities after a mass shooting on Saturday at a local synagogue left 11 dead.
The letter, which was published and shared on Sunday, was written by 11 members of the Pittsburgh affiliate of Bend the Arc, a national organisation for progressive Jews focused on social justice, following what is being called the deadliest attack on Jews in US history. The shooting at Tree of Life synagogue also left several people injured, including law enforcement.
“For the past three years your words and your policies have emboldened a growing white nationalist movement,” the Jewish leaders wrote. “You yourself called the murderer evil, but yesterday’s violence is the direct culmination of your influence.”
The letter continued: “Our Jewish community is not the only group you have targeted. You have also deliberately undermined the safety of people of colour, Muslims, LGBTQ people, and people with disabilities. Yesterday’s massacre is not the first act of terror you incited against a minority group in our country.”