Israeli Ambassador to US: Am Yisrael Chai!

Ambassador Ron Dermer condemns shooting in Pittsburgh, sends message to anti-Semites online.

Ben Ariel ,

Ron Dermer
Ron Dermer
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Ron Dermer, the Israeli Ambassador to the US, on Saturday night reacted to the shooting attack at the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, in which 11 people were murdered.

“The Jewish state mourns with the Jewish community of Pittsburgh over this horrific attack. May God avenge their blood.

To all the anti-Semites out there on Twitter: Am Yisrael Chai! (the people of Israel live),” tweeted Dermer.

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu reacted earlier to the synagogue attack and said he was “heartbroken and appalled”.

“The entire people of Israel grieve with the families of the dead. We stand together with the Jewish community of Pittsburgh. We stand together with the American people in the face of this horrendous anti-Semitic brutality.”

“And we all pray for the speedy recovery of the wounded,” he added.

Diaspora Affairs Minister Naftali Bennett also condemned Saturday's grisly shooting, tweeting that "The State of Israel and the Israeli government received with shock and pain the reports of the terrible attack on the Jewish community in Pittsburgh. We anxiously follow the reports and pray that the event will end soon."

"At the same time, I have now instructed the Ministry of Diaspora Affairs to prepare to assist the community in every possible way. Our hearts are with the families of those killed and injured. May the memory of the murdered be blessed."

Bennett on Saturday night departed for Pittsburgh, where he will visit the scene of the attack, meet the local community and participate in the funerals of those killed.

"When Jews are murdered in Pittsburgh, the people of Israel feel pain. All Israel are responsible for one another," said Bennett.

“The State of Israel is deeply pained by this terrible anti-Semitic murder. Our Jewish brothers and sisters came under a murderous attack while at prayer. Our hearts go out to the families of those killed, and we pray for the swift recovery of the injured, as we pray this is the last such event. Jewish blood is not free.”

“I am going to offer strength to the community and its leaders, and to examine how we can offer assistance," added Bennett. “May the memory of the murdered be blessed.”