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Pelosi Statement on Two Years Since the Tree of Life Synagogue Shooting

Washington, D.C. – Speaker Nancy Pelosi released the following statement marking two years since the shooting at the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh:

“Two years ago, an unspeakable act of terrorism and anti-Semitic hatred stole the lives of eleven peaceful worshipers at the Tree of Life Synagogue.  As the deadliest attack against Jewish Americans in our history, this horrific act remains seared into our memories and our hearts.  We continue to mourn with and pray for the families and friends of those lost and offer our deepest gratitude to all the brave first responders who rushed into danger to keep people safe.  

“Across the country and around the world, an epidemic of anti-Semitism and bigotry is spreading, with appalling hate crimes being perpetrated everywhere from supermarkets to synagogues.  In too many places, too many lives are being threatened and, too often, bigotry and persecution have been allowed to fester, while some leaders, including the President of the United States, continue to embolden radical, violent white supremacists.  House Democrats remain opposed to these outrageous actions and dangerous rhetoric and will continue to confront the forces of hatred, anti-Semitism and violence wherever they occur.

“The innocent men and women killed at Tree of Life had the right to practice their faith and live their lives free from hatred and gun violence.  On this solemn anniversary, all Americans must come together to condemn these heinous acts and honor our values of freedom and diversity.  All Members of Congress, on both sides of the aisle, must take the bold actions necessary to safeguard our communities and ensure this tragedy will never happen again.”

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