Robert Bowers: Pittsburgh Synagogue Shooting Suspect Described as Ghost by Neighbors

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Robert Gregory Bowers, who was wounded in a gun battle with police during the shooting rampage, was released from a hospital in the morning and a few hours later was wheeled into the courtroom, where he was ordered held without bail for a preliminary hearing on Thursday, when prosecutors will outline their case against him. In another, he slammed U.S. President Donald Trump for doing nothing to stop an "infestation" of the United States by Jews. "I wish there was some sort of warning sign".

When the shooter entered the Tree of Life synagogue on Saturday, the rabbi there would have been reading the same scripture that Moskovitz read to his Vancouver congregation, he said.

He eventually surrendered and was taken to the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center for a gunshot wound, which could either have been self-inflicted or caused by police. According to the criminal complaint against him, Bowers allegedly told a SWAT officer he "wanted all Jews to die". "I just want to kill Jews".

Bowers' virulent anti-Semitic views were evident in prolific online postings. I can't wait while my people are getting slaughtered. "Screw your optics, I'm going in".

On Saturday, Trump said the massacre was an "evil anti-Semitic attack" and "an assault on humanity". The site says Bowers had accounts on other social media platforms. Despite Trump's own embrace of the "nationalist" label, Bowers wrote on Gab that "Trump is a globalist, not a nationalist". He also commented that he did not vote for Mr Trump.

In October - as Trump was repeatedly tweeting about a caravan of refugees and migrants heading through Central America toward the US border - onedingo began to complain about a Jewish group's efforts to hold Shabbat dinners for refugees.

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In recent years, swastikas, an ancient symbol co-opted by the Nazis, have been drawn on college campuses and used to desecrate Jewish cemeteries and synagogues.

"The world was darkened with 11 souls taken away, and it is our job to increase the light", Rabbi Greenberg said.

Isser said, "I feel like the right-wing has been using calls of anti-Semitism really cynically for a long time around people like me who support the BDS [Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions against Israel] movement, and now when there's actual anti-Semitism happening, they're silent". "This loss is our loss... Today we understand very well the pain that Jewish families feel, and we are wholeheartedly with them".

Many of his rants expressed racism against African Americans, according to an analysis of posts gathered by the Network Contagion Research Institute, a group of scientists and engineers who study online hate. He also posted slurs against women who had relationships with black men, repeatedly referenced nooses and hangings, and used the N-word almost 20 times. He uploaded many posts that referenced nooses and ropes and hanging. In corners of the community where cellphones were turned off during the Sabbath, it arrived almost as quickly by word of mouth.

Robert Bowers, 46, was charged with 29 counts - including 22 which carry the death penalty.

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