As news of Saturday’s tragic shooting at the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh broke, the nation soon learned of the vile hate that motivated the alleged attacker, a 46-year-old white man named Robert Bowers. He regularly posted anti-Semitic content on Gab, an “alternative” social media platform, with assertions like “jews are the children of satan” and other vile ideas. Posts and reposts on Bowers account, which was removed following his attack, echoed all the major points of the white nationalist community: railing against “ZOGs” (“Zionist Operated Governments”), Jews’ “war against” white people and “kike infestation.”
Just hours before his attack on October 27, he posted of Hebrews Immigrant Aid Society (HIAS), a refugee-aiding organization connected to Tree of Life Synagogue:
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.