Last year, the Pittsburgh synagogue shooting shook the US.
It was the worst anti-Semitic attack to happen in US history and, according to The Washington Post, it ‘wasn’t unimaginable but inevitable’. Anecdotally, the build-up of anti-Semitic attacks in the US may just back that up; the Anti-Defamation League logged a 57 percent rise in incidents in 2017.
Tammy Hepps is a Jewish activist. She moved to Pittsburgh to reconnect with her family history there, and she thinks that Jews have a complicated relationship with power and people speaking truth to it.
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Two Muslim organizations have raised nearly $200,000 to help victims and their families following the shooting massacre at the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh on Saturday. Tarek El Messidi runs the Muslim group, CelebrateMercy, and set up an online fund raising page for the Jewish worshippers. He told BBC Newsday's Lawrence Pollard why he was keen to show support and also participate in the movement around the hashtag standupforshabbat.