Donations Surge to Jewish Charity That Pittsburgh Shooter Attacked on Social Media

HIAS has raised more than $250,000 in the wake of tragedy and is continuing to see an wave of donations

This image shows a portion of an archived webpage from the social media website Gab, with a Saturday, Oct. 27, 2018 posting by Pittsburgh synagogue shooting suspect Robert Bowers.
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Donations are pouring in to HIAS, the Jewish immigrant and refugee charity that the Pittsburgh synagogue shooter attacked on social media in posts that appeared to explain the motive behind the massacre.

The shooter, Robert Bowers, posted on alt-right site Gab.com, “HIAS likes to bring invaders in that kill our people. I can’t sit by and watch my people get slaughtered. Screw your optics, I’m going in.”

Some 200 people started Facebook fundraising campaigns for HIAS, which stands for the Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society, reported the New York Daily News on Monday.  HIAS has raised more than $250,000 in the wake of tragedy and is continuing to see an wave of donations.

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“We are tremendously grateful for the public support in the time of tragedy,” said Miriam Feffer, HIAS’s vice president for development.

Jewish leaders in Pittsburgh on Monday called on U.S. President Donald Trump to condemn white nationalism unequivocally after he said he will visit the synagogue where a gunman killed 11 worshipers over the weekend.

"President Trump, you are not welcome in Pittsburgh until you fully denounce white nationalism," Bend the Arc, a Jewish social justice organization, said in an open letter to Trump, who announced he will visit the city on Tuesday.

The letter was signed by the group's Pittsburgh steering committee and nearly 43,000 members of the public, Bend the Arc said.

“In the Jewish tradition, when you enter a house of mourning the tradition is you do not speak, you listen," said Tammy Hepps, member of the Bend the Arc steering committee. "I pray that he listens to what we have to say and anyone else has to say who is mourning."