Near Shooting Site, a New Sign of Anti-Semitism

Authorities probe pamphlets in Pittsburgh neighborhoods
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Dec 9, 2018 3:27 PM CST
Anti-Semitic Papers Emerge Near Shooting Site
Rabbi Jeffrey Myers watches the installation of a menorah outside the Tree of Life Synagogue before holding a celebration on the first night of Hanukkah, Sunday, Dec. 2, 2018, in the Squirrel Hill neighborhood of Pittsburgh.   (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

Authorities are investigating the dissemination of anti-Semitic pamphlets in Pittsburgh neighborhoods, including the one in which a gunman killed 11 people in a synagogue in October, the AP reports. A spokesman says police and the city department of public safety "are taking this matter very seriously and will follow every investigative avenue." Police said Sunday morning the material was found in neighborhoods including Squirrel Hill, where a gunman entered the Tree of Life synagogue on Oct. 27 and killed 11 people in the deadliest attack on Jews in US history.

A man who authorities say raged against Jews during and after the shooting has pleaded not guilty to numerous murder and hate crime charges. Police say "such hate-filled material" will not be tolerated in the city by residents, city officials, or law enforcement. (A Jewish nurse treated the synagogue gunman, choosing to "show him empathy.")

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