Pelosi Statement on One Year Since the Tree of Life Synagogue Shooting

Oct 28, 2019
Press Release

Contact: Speaker’s Press Office,


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

“One year ago, our nation witnessed the deadliest attack against Jewish Americans in our history, which stole the lives of eleven innocent men and women gathered in peaceful prayer at Pittsburgh’s Tree of Life Synagogue.  We remain heartbroken by this heinous hate crime, and we continue to offer our prayers and support to the survivors, families and friends who still bear the pain of this tragedy every day.  We also express our continued gratitude to the heroic first responders who came to the aid of those in need.

“Disturbingly, anti-Semitic attacks in America are increasing at the highest rate on record, with at least 780 incidents reported in the first half of 2019 alone.  Sadly, since Day One, the Trump Administration has engaged in shameful, divisive rhetoric that continues to fuel the forces of hatred and white supremacism and betrays our values of diversity, inclusion and equality.  As we take this opportunity to remember those we lost in Pittsburgh, we must rededicate ourselves to ending the scourges of white supremacism, racism, xenophobia and anti-Semitism wherever and whenever they are found.    

“As Members of Congress and as Americans, we must always work to honor the diversity that is the strength of our nation and oppose all those who threaten our communities and our values.  In memory of the lives lost at the Tree of Life Synagogue, Democrats will continue to unequivocally condemn anti-Semitism and bigotry as we work to ensure a tragedy like this will never happen again.” 

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