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#Thread: #RechterTerror wurde in Deutschland lange verharmlost. #Antisemitismus wurde oft als "importiert" externalisiert. Beides ist falsch, ohne zu leugnen, dass auch islamischer Antisemitismus und Terrorismus Gefahren sind. #halle #hal0910
Es gab immer wieder rechtsterroristische Anschläge, etwa die bis heute nicht restlos aufgeklärte Ermordung von von Shlomo Lewin und seiner Lebensgefährtin (1981) oder den Bombenanschlag in Düsseldorf #Werhahn 2000 - ebenfalls nicht aufgeklärt. #Antisemitismus
Auch in vielen neueren Fällen von #Rechtsterrorismus in Deutschland und darüber hinaus findet sich #Antisemitismus deutlich, ohne Debatte darüber. Natürlich bei dem Anschlag in #Pittsburgh, aber auch schon beim geistigen Vater der #IdentitärenBewegung, #Breivik.
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My favorite sound is children in a synagogue. Each shout, each giggle, each whine, each shriek, each laugh. The clattering of prayer books accidentally knocked over, the rumble of chase and tag and pretend, the hard breaths held in during hide and seek, the thumps of jumping 1/4
and dancing. The squeak of shoes climbing handrails, the inconsolable wails of bruised knees, the arguments over turns, the eager munching of cookies and challah. I love the sound of children in synagogue. Nothing is more poignant or holy to me. 2/4
Never take it for granted that there are Jewish children. Too many times have our babies been taken from us, slaughtered and stolen and silenced. Each child is a triumph, a testimony to our faith and strength as a people. 3/4
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Twitter Family, I had a wonderful, peaceful trip with Black American women to Ghana, followed by a productive, solo artist retreat, only to return to the USA and see two Black women in my city of #Pittsburgh being brutally beaten by FOUR MEN @ExxonMobil!…
We are still gathering the facts; but based on what has been reported so far, one woman pumped $17 worth of gas⛽️ but noticed the pump was leaking. She went inside the @exxonmobil (at 2501 Brighton Street, 15212), to report it and was rudely dismissed by employees. #Pittsburgh
An employee claimed the woman had not paid. The situation at the @exxonmobil turned violent and at least four men of apparently foreign origin, are viciously beating two Black American women in the head, slamming and hitting them on the ground, etc. Completely unacceptable!
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Here's a long shot: I'm thinking about doing a radio story on a now-gone memorabilia shop on Mae West Bend in the Etna borough of Pittsburgh. Do any old time #Pittsburgh sports and collectible fans have stories of this place? It was owned by Michael Kramer & just named Beer Cans.
What I really want to explore is how websites like eBay did in places like Beer Cans, but I also want to tell a little about how I came of age in that shop, searching for cards of @TheRealSangy35, @MadlockBill, @francoharrishof, & @MarioLemieuxFdn, plus comics, records, & cans.
@TheRealSangy35 @MadlockBill @francoharrishof @MarioLemieuxFdn It would also be a covert thank you to my dad. He hated going there. It was about the worst place to park in the city. The shop was cramped and crawling with kids. And I always wanted to stay there, searching systemically through boxes of cards and comics forever.
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So last month the MSM was treating #BernieSanders like the nominee.
Now they're treating #Biden like he's the nominee.


It's two months till debates. But if other candidates are shut out of coverage, how many will be allowed on the stage?
Where were
#KamalaHarris, #ElizabethWarren, #AmyKlobuchar, #KirstenGillibrand, #JulianCastro,
#Buttigieg--the remaining top ten candidates--campaigning Monday? Because all we heard about was #Biden in #Pittsburgh.
In an interview on @AC360, Sanders was asked about Biden only. Sanders said he was running against 19 other candidates.

He's right. The MSM is wrong.
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In a two and a half years we have gone from a place where diversity was celebrated, to a place where hatred, bigotry, racism rears up being nudged by a nutter in the WH. This is not okay. As a Jew, I weep for what happened in #SanDiego yesterday & in #Pittsburgh six months ago.
As an American, I cry for what happened in #Charlottesville in August 2017. As a woman, I shed tears for a Muslim Congresswoman targeted by POTUS* and that hate tweet remains @jack #JackStopTheHate
As a human being, my heart breaks for how POC are treated by this regime stocked with crooked good old boys. As a citizen, I can’t bear that children are in concentration camps in Florida, in Texas along the border. All this demonizing to play to a base of bigots shatters me.
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[1] This is the Empire Building in #Pittsburgh , Pennsylvania. This pic was taken on August 24, 1920 .
[2] The Empire Building was 12 floors, and was built in 1900. It was destroyed in 1984. Its address was 501-505 Liberty Avenue .
[3] 501-505 Liberty Avenue? Where have we seen that address in our research?

Oh yea - In the year 1900, Gustave A. Mueller, MD, moved his thriving ear-nose-throat practice in Pittsburgh to that address.

Stay with me ...
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This will be the 2019 #NFLCombine measurements thread. (The league records prospect information in 8ths of an inch and does not reduce the fractions...if you don't like it, tweet management.)
#NFLCombine key measurements thread…

1. #Utah K Matt Gay
Height: 6-0
Weight: 232
Hand: 9
Arm: 30 4/8
Wingspan: 73 4/8
#NFLCombine key measurements thread…

2. #Oklahoma K Austin Seibert
Height: 5-9 2/8
Weight: 213
Hand: 8 7/8
Arm: 30 3/8
Wingspan: 70 4/8
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In December it was reported that #Luzerne County’s director of elections accepted trips from a vendor that was selected to provide voting equipment.
I launched a statewide review & asked all counties to report if any officials accepted similar trips/gifts from voting equipment vendors.

I acted because I want to ensure the decision-making process at the county level is as transparent as possible & free of outside influence.
Here’s what I found:
Election officials in 18 counties reported accepting gifts from voting equipment vendors.

Gifts included:
· expense-paid to trips to places like #LasVegas
· tickets to a wine festival & distillery tour
· meals at high-end restaurants
· amusement park tickets
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Last Shabbat, 11 Jewish people, united by faith & community, were killed in synagogue. Honor them by recommitting to fight hate. NEVER allow hate to take root. Action is how we ensure #NeverIsNOW. We’re asking you to take 11 minutes of action:…

We’re experiencing a continuing threat of anti-Semitic violence. Join us to stand in solidarity with the Jewish Community of Pittsburgh and beyond by declaring #NeverIsNow & updating your FB profile frame:…
Taking ACTION is how we flood the darkness with light. Sign ADL’s Digital Vigil to pay tribute to the lives lost at the Tree of Life Synagogue on Saturday, October 27.
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1. I've spent both my professional & academic career studying & training for #ActiveShooter events.

As timelines & official reports begin to emerge on the #PittsburghSynagogueShooting, some #PublicSafety thoughts.
1a. As ever, thoughts with all involved. We’re in this job because we care. We train&plan to lessen impact future incidents.

1b. These thoughts are general to this incident type. NOT specific to the response in #Pittsburgh. By all accounts Responders were heroic at every turn.
2. From a strategic view, this was a tactical nightmare. Shooter had the element of surprise, a large crowd & a cavernous building. He was relatively secure against an unarmed, largely elderly congregation.

As @fred_burton & others have noted, he may have preplanned the site.
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I've called Trump a white nationalist. I think he is one, because he lives, breathes, and feeds off of white nationalist ideology. Whether he personally believes in the tenets of white nationalism doesn't define his white nationalism.

But what do WN purists believe?
Many of them hate Trump. The #Pittsburgh terror suspect apparently did - boasting that he'd never worn or even touched a #MAGA hat.

But surely they are happy with Trump's rhetoric? So what is it, do they love him or not?

The hatred of Trump is because Jared Kushner is Jewish.
You see, many WN's see Jews as *the* root cause of what they believe is "white genocide."

Everyone else: Muslims, Latinos, other immigrants, black people - are seen as instrumentalities of the Jewish "conspiracy" to wipe out the "White race."

Here's some pure WN thought:
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10/28/2018 thread #PittsburghShooting.

This sounds like actual Neo-Nazi. Referring to the #PittsburghSynagogue shooter:

“This guy just blew out the kneecaps of the movement in order to kill some no name Jews.”

Payoff, motive, timing don’t add up.…
2) My working theory is that George Soros bankrolls both sides in order to set them against each other.
3) “Screw your OPTICS, I’m going in” is an odd thing to say. This is how DC bureaucrats talk. It is not how Nazis talk.
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A few thoughts and invitations for non-Jewish friends and comrades regarding the massacre in the #TreeOfLifeSynagogue in #Pittsburgh. #PittsburghShooting.
Please note that I intend all of this gently, and do not think all of it is entirely fleshed out, but it feels important to add these few thoughts now, as the discourse unfolds.
First, your solidarity & attention is appreciated, & it means a lot. I think I can safely speak for a lot of Jews when I say that oftentimes, we are made to feel that antisemitism is “our problem,” and it is not clear whether non-Jews take it seriously/even understand what it is
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After the heinous week that we've just experienced, to have something as detestable as the #SynogogueShooting in #Pittsburgh happen surpasses overload for all of us. It's crucial that we not forget @ this, however.…
#SaturdayThoughts #MAGABomber #Vote
2/"Until 2016, Cesar Altieri Sayoc Jr.’s life on social media looked unremarkable. On his Facebook page, he posted photos of decadent meals, gym workouts, scantily clad women and sports games — the stereotypical trappings of middle-age masculinity. But that year, Mr. Sayoc’s
3/"social media presence took on a darker and more partisan tone. He opened a new Twitter account and began posting links to sensational right-wing news stories, adding captions like “Clinton busted exposed rigging entire election.” On Facebook, his anodyne posts gave way to a
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The commonality between MAGABomber terrorism & anti-Semitism of Pittsburgh shooter is Trump-inspired hate. Trump's agitprop language stoking hate/fear has radicalized Americans to kill other Americans. And he's done it Russian propaganda tools, which BTW also put him in power.
Pittsburgh synagogue massacre combines darkest elements of America society: Radicalized hate, anti-Semitism, xenophobia, gun violence, access to war weapons, social media threats, extremist propaganda conspiracy theories. Russia amplifies these to harm us. How can a POTUS do it🤯
Of course TRUMP is responsible for hate climate. Pittsburgh killer used his dehumanizing demonizing language, refugees & migrants as "invaders." REPUBLICANS & FOXNEWS pushing Caravan & Soros disinformation 24/7 are complicit. A killer acted b/c they made "invasion" seem imminent.
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Opinion | What is happening to our country?
#SaturdayThoughts #Pittsburgh #VoteBlue…
2/"I am so sad. I am so heartbroken. What is happening to our country? How can we live in an America where a gunman can barge into a synagogue and open fire, reportedly screaming “All Jews must die”? How can we live in an America where someone — the FBI has arrested a Trump
3/"supporter named Cesar Sayoc — can send pipe bombs to, among others, former presidents Bill Clinton and Barack Obama, Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Calif.), financier George Soros, former CIA director John Brennan and CNN? This is not what America is about. We are a country dedicated
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1/"(Trump) has created a variable to which people can credibly point as a potential cause of violence. By stepping outside the bounds of accepted political rhetoric,by labeling his foes “evil” & the “enemy” & by at the very least toying with the promotion of violence-he's opened
2/"the door to such theories. Just like Trump’s racially coded appeals led to a debate about whether he was emboldening racists after Charlottesville, his aggressive rhetoric has justifiably led to a debate about whether it might inspire,in whatever measure-political violence."
3/ The above excerpt was written by Aaron Blake in his WaPo opinion piece entitled, "Why It's Fair To Ask Whether Trump Is To Blame" from 10/27/18 #SaturdayThoughts #VoteBlue #Pittsburgh
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I’ve just finished putting the kids to bed. Gave them their cuddles and kisses and said Shema with them. Then I came downstairs to the living room, sat down and cried the most bitter, and yet tragically familiar tears of sadness.
I’ve never been to the Tree of Life - Or L’Simcha congregation. I’ve never even been to #Pittsburgh and I probably don’t know the victims of today’s horrific shooting. But I cried for them, because they’re my family.
You see, the Jewish people are not simply bound by a common religion. We began as twelve tribes, a community of families with a common vision. We were constituted as a people at Mount Sinai and as a nation as we entered our homeland of Israel.
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1/ The deadly attack inside a synagogue earlier today in #Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania has pierced the heart of Jewish communities worldwide. My thoughts and prayers go out to the families who have lost loved ones – may they be comforted among all the other mourners of Zion.
2/ I wish those injured a complete recovery, both physically and mentally, from this traumatic ordeal.

This attack, which is being reported as the deadliest attack on the Jewish community in the history of the United States, is a tragic reminder that, somehow, within living…
3/ …memory of the Holocaust, we still live in a world where antisemitism exists and deadly attacks on Jews take place.

The fact this attack happened inside a synagogue, whose name is The Tree of Life, makes it all the more horrific.
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One of the questions I pursued when working on the A12 podcast, which looked at the history behind the deadly violence in Charlottesville last year, was why the anti-Semitism of Aug 11 & 12 seemed to disappear so rapidly from the narrative. /1
It wasn’t that no one *ever* spoke of it, but given its prominence — chants of “Jews will not replace us,” Nazi flags, the targeting of the synagogue — it seemed to get relatively little attention. /2
The rabbis and scholars I spoke to mused that there were a variety of reasons for this: our limited way of thinking about white supremacy, the sense that anti-Semitism is an odd relic of the past, the awareness that black Americans face much more serious systemic racism. /3
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1. Mass shootings come from the same source. The shooters are mere tools of that source.
2. Christians who happen to be black (Charleston, SC), Christians who happen to be white (Sutherland Spring, TX), and Jews (#Pittsburgh, PA) are the primary targets.
3. And then there are all the others like San Bernardino and Orlando.
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