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Robert Bowers: Pittsburgh synagogue shooting suspect spewed anti-Semitic bile on social media

Chris Graham
The Telegraph
Robert Bowers, the suspect of the attack at the Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh  - AFP

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Robert Bowers, the suspect in the deadly shooting at a Pittsburgh synagogue, appears to have no criminal record. Yet his social media history makes disturbing reading, full of anti-Semitic anger and hate.

Shortly before he burst into the place of worship yelling “all Jews must die” on Saturday morning, the 46-year-old posted his final message on Gab, a social media platform popular with free speech advocates and white supremacists.

 “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,” he said, using the acronym for the Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society, a Maryland-based nonprofit group that helps refugees around the world find safety and freedom.

His 20 minute rampage left 11 people dead and six others wounded, including four police officers, in what is believed to be the deadliest anti-Semitic attack in recent US history.

Bowers, himself, was shot several times as he traded fire with police. He was in fair condition in hospital on Saturday night.

This image shows a portion of an archived webpage from the social media website Gab, with a posting by Pittsburgh synagogue shooting suspect Robert Bowers - Credit: AP

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The suspect was charged with 29 federal counts, including hate crimes and weapons offences, federal charges that carry the death penalty.

A Federal Bureau of Investigation official said he was not previously known to law enforcement. Bob Jones, special agent in charge of the FBI’s Pittsburgh office, said law enforcement authorities believe he was acting alone but had not identified his full motive.

Bowers had 21 guns registered to his name, according to Representative Mike Doyle of Pennsylvania. Authorities said Bowers was armed with an assault rifle and at least three handguns when he burst into the Tree of Life synagogue.

A picture of the individual began to emerge on Saturday night through his social media history.

Bowers appears to be the author of a recent rash of violently anti-Semitic posts on the Gab.com social networking website, where conspiracy theories are common.

Police stand guard outside the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh where a shooter opened fire - Credit: AP

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A quote atop the Bowers page said “jews are the children of satan,” according to screenshots of the now-suspended account released by the SITE Intelligence Group, which monitors extremist movements.

The cover photo featured the neo-Nazi symbol “1488.” The first two numbers refer to the white supremacist “14 Words” slogan, while “88” stands for “Heil Hitler” since “H” is the eighth letter of the alphabet.

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Police vehicles block off the road near the home of Pittsburgh synagogue shooting suspect Robert Bowers' home in Baldwin borough suburb of Pittsburgh - Credit: Reuters

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About eslkevin

I am a peace educator who has taken time to teach and work in countries such as the USA, Germany, Japan, Nicaragua, Mexico, the UAE, Kuwait, Oman over the past 4 decades.
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