Jewish social media was pretty universally upset when Vice President Mike Pence paraded a Christian man under the guise of a “Jewish Rabbi.” Making it worse, he was there to memorize Jews during a prayer for the victims of the Pittsburgh sabbath massacre. Pastor Loren Jacobs of the Messianic synagogue Shema Yisrael offered a prayer before VP Pence spoke at Michigan campaign event: “God of Abraham … God and Father of my Lord and Savior Yeshua, Jesus the Messiah.”
Jews of every denomination called this everything from a “slap in the face” to “blatant anti-Semitism.”
To prove the Trump Administration isn’t anti-semitic, VP Pence had a “Jews for Jesus” rabbi give a prayer praising Jesus at a campaign event.
You can’t make this shit up.
— Pé Resists (@4everNeverTrump) October 29, 2018
Most Jews pointed out that there is no such thing as a “Messianic Synagogue.”
A “messianic synagogue” is a Christian church. The “rabbi” at Pence’s event today is a cosplaying Christian. https://t.co/RlVMcwndhe
— Angus Johnston (@studentactivism) October 29, 2018
I am seeing this info about Pence having the Christian Rabbi at his rally. I cannot believe this is the America so many of us came to with hopes of building a better life. American are mad stupid.
— Mirriam Richard Marx @ me Seddiq (@mirriam71) October 29, 2018
the uh, rabbi mike pence invited to speak before his campaign event is a christian missionary pic.twitter.com/s8sexDhiS5
— Talia B Lavin (@chick_in_kiev) October 29, 2018
Brooklyn Synagogue Painted with “Kill the Jews”
A synagogue in New York City’s Brooklyn borough was defaced Thursday with anti-Semitic slurs and a call to “Kill all Jews.”
The New York Post reported that a vandal broke into the Union Temple building in Brooklyn Heights and scrawled several hate notes inside.
A political event at a Brooklyn synagogue was canceled. The event was billed as having Broad City star Ilana Glazer interview journalist Amy Goodman and New York state senate candidates Andrew Gounardes and Jim Gaughran at the Union Temple in Brooklyn Heights.
But it was canceled after anti-Semitic messages were discovered on a stairwell at around 8 p.m. Thursday. “She didn’t feel comfortable ushering 200 people into the enclosed space; potential sitting ducks,” said attendee Kathryn Gonzalez.
“Especially given last weekend’s events and the upcoming election, the tension and fear feels heightened.” The incident happened less than a week after 11 people were killed at a Pittsburgh synagogue—the deadliest anti-Semitic attack in U.S. history.
HORROR IN NYC: Did Saudi Government Assassins Kill Two Sisters?
Two Saudi Sisters Rotana and Tala Farea, whose bodies were found washed up along the Hudson river, may have been victims of Saudi government assassins according to a well placed source within NYPD. They were then killed only a day after they applied for asylum in the United States, scared to return to the oppressive Saudi regime.
Their mother said that the Saudi government had called them on October 23rd and threatened them with being taken back to Saudi Arabia (and most likely punished) because the sisters had applied for asylum in the United States.
The sisters’ bodies then were found the next day, ducted taped, dead washed on the shore of the Hudson River.
There is a Saudi Consulate in NYC at 866 2nd Ave, New York, NY 10017
Police have ruled out that the pair jumped from the George Washington Bridge in a suicide pact, a theory that was initially pushed out by police, because neither body had visible signs of trauma that would have occurred when they hit the water.
Tala was last seen on Aug. 24, according to a now-removed posting on the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children’s website. The alert said she might be with her sister.
A cause of death for the two women — both of Fairfax, Virginia — has not yet been determined.
This news comes the same day that we’ve learned that Washington Post Columnist, Jamal Khashoggi was strangled and dismembered in a Saudi Consulate in Turkey.
Pittsburgh Steelers Honor Massacre Victims
The Pittsburgh Steelers football team held a moment of silence before their game Sunday against the Cleveland Browns, to honor the victims of the Shabbos morning massacre at Tree of Life Synagogue.
A design based on the Steelers’ helmet logo — inserting a Star of David and added the words, “Stronger than hate” — was widely shared on the internet and was displayed at Heinz Field during the game.One child in the stands wore that new symbol as a patch on his jersey.
Eight men and three women were killed by a gunman inside the Tree of Life Synagogue during services on Saturday.
Mayor Bill Peduto called it the “darkest day of Pittsburgh’s history.”
In a statement issued before his team’s game, Steelers owner Art Rooney II said: “Our hearts are heavy, but we must stand against anti-Semitism and hate crimes of any nature and come together to preserve our values and our community.”
“We’re thankful for a victory, but we also understand that there are bigger things,” Steelers’ quarterback Ben Roethlisberger said after the 33-18 win.
“There’s life. I’m glad that we could give people maybe three hours of a break of maybe not thinking about it all the time, and that’s what sports does sometimes is it helps you to kind of heal. But it’s over and people are going to celebrate and enjoy this, but reality still sets in for a lot of people.”
The shooting was felt by all Pittsburghers, and was close to the Steelers. Michele Rosenthal, the team’s former community relations manager, had two brothers, Cecil and David, killed in the attack.
“We love you Michelle and we’re thinking about you,” said Roethlisberger, who was not surprised to the city pull together. “I know the Boston Strong thing, but it’s true everywhere. That’s what Pittsburghers are. We’re family. There’s so much love here in this town — for the sports, for each other, for all the different races, ethnicities, religions and everything we have.”
“Today was much bigger than a game of football,” said Steelers’ running back James Conner, who played at Pitt before joining the Steelers and ran for 146 yards Sunday. “It was good that we got the win to try and uplift some spirits and vibes of everybody in our city. It’s really a tragedy. Our city took a hit and our hearts are with all of the victims and their families. We still have those in mind.”
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