PITTSBURGH – The man accused of killing 11 congregants in a hateful attack on a synagogue in Pittsburgh appeared for the first time on Monday.
Robert Bowers acted before Judge Judge Robert C. Mitchell in Pittsburgh’s federal court in wheelchairs, handcuffs and wearing a blue sweater and gray sweatpants, surrounded by US marshals. The judge noted an overview of the 29 criminal charges against him and asked him if he understood them. “Yes,” he replied.
The accusations meant to prevent the free exercise of religious beliefs – a hate that could bear the death penalty, a sentence that the federal authorities said Sunday they intended to drive. He is also faced with state fees.
Two members of Dor Hadash, one of the churches at Tree of Life who lost a member Saturday sat in the earliest line of the audience. One of them, Jon Pushinksy, said, “It was not the villain’s face that I thought I should see.”
Earlier on Monday, two Jewish groups called on President Trump to back down from what they said , was inflammatory rhetoric that seemed to encourage the most radical Frenchs in American society.
Saturday’s attack in the synagogue Tree of Life was terminated when the gunman, identified by the authorities like Robert Bowers, abandoned the police while they wounded and crept on their knees. He wanted “all Jews to die,” he said to a SWAT officer, the authorities said, because Jews “committed genocide against their people.”
The victims of the attack, beloved members of one of the country’s most important Jewish communities, were mostly in the 70’s and 80’s.
Mr. Trump, who demanded unity at a rally on the day of shooting and later ordered flags to fly at half-board, said he was going to Pittsburgh. But the Pittsburgh chapter in the progressive Jewish group, Bend the Arc: Jewish Action, focusing on social justice in the United States, said in an open letter to Mr. Thunder that he was “not welcome in Pittsburgh until you completely condemn white nationalism.”
The letter, which had 26,000 signatures on Monday morning, said that Trump’s language had given confidence to white nationalists.
“In the past three years, your words and policies have developed a growing white nationalist movement,” the letter said. “You yourself called the killer evil, but yesterday’s violence is directly the culmination of your influence.”
The Bend of the Arc Board: Jewish action is Alexander Soros. He is the son of George Soros, the billionaire philanthropist and the great donor of democratic candidates, who are Jewish and who survived Nazi occupation in Hungary.
Mr. Soros is repeatedly quoted in the right conspiracy theories, and focused on last week’s wave of post-mortem bombs. Mr Trump has asserted Mr. Soros paid for “rude elevator screamers” to protest against Supreme Court Justice Brett M. Kavanaugh and Representative Matt Gaetz, Republican Florida, has asked on Twitter about Mr. Soros is behind migrating caravan.
Another progressive Jewish group, IfNotNow, urged Americans for a nationwide call this week, saying that the attack in Pittsburgh was “not an isolated incident” and now a week ahead in the middle of the election, “it’s time to act. “
Robert Bowers was accused of killing 11 people in a synagogue in Pittsburgh. Credit via Agence France Press – Getty Images
But others in Pittsburgh Jewish communities said they would be happy for a visit from Mr Trump, including Rabbi Jeffrey Myers from the Synagogue Tree of Life.
“The United States President is always welcome,” said Rabbi Myers on CNN on Monday. “I’m a citizen. He’s my president. He’s really welcome.”
Mr.. Bowers, a 46-year-old criminal record whose social media was born with anti-Semitic rants, is accused of executing a massacre in squirrel height, the heart of Jewish life in Pittsburgh, home to a quarter of the city’s Jewish households.
On Monday, survivors survived from what happened. Until two months ago, Rabbi Myers rarely carried his mobile phone on the Sabbath, the holiest weekday where some Jewish people avoid technology and electronics. But in August, a security expert told “it was a different world” and that he needed to get his phone nearby.
Because of this education, rabbin was the first person to call the police on Saturday. He stopped by phone for 20 minutes, until SWAT evacuated him.
“I learned a number of important things from him,” Rabbi Myers said on security education in August in an interview on Monday at ABC’s “Good Morning America”. “He said,” Rabbi, it’s another world and you have to wear “I’m so grateful for his presence and learning.”
Rabbi Myers said that about five minutes after the Saturday’s record began at 9:45 he heard loud voices in the lobby on the floor below. It sounded like a jacket had fallen, he recalls. But then another high bang came out.
“It was obvious to me,” he said, “that was not the sound of a metal falling down.” He added: “It was fast fire”.  Rabbi Myers said if a dozen people were in the sanctuary when the firing began, he called for everyone to fall to the ground and stay quiet. He began evacuating the congreaments, starting with a handful of people on the front of the sanctuary. He moved them to safety. There were still eight people left in the room, all behind, but it was too late to help them, he said.
The shooting became harder. The shooter moved closer to the sanctuary.
“I could not come back,” he said.
Seven of the eight people were killed, he said. The one who survived, a woman, was wounded but expected to live.
“I live with it, the sounds that are wounded in my brain for the rest of my life,” said Rabbi Myers on CNN. “I have a parish to take care of. I have families who need me.” I have funerals to plan. “
On Sunday evening, the Justice Department said the United States lawyer for the Western District of Pennsylvania, Scott Brady, had initiated the approval process to seek death penalty against Mr. Bowers. The ultimate decision rested with Attorney General Secretary Jeff Sessions.
All deaths fall through the Department of Justice’s capital adequacy section, created in 1998 to help the lawyer to decide when to use the death penalty.
The section is half a dozen prosecutors have worked with law firms in the United States on charges such as Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, one of the marathon bombers in Boston and Dylann S. Roof, who killed nine people at an African-American church in South Carolina. 19659037]