At this years Jewish Media Summit in Jerusalem journalists, bloggers and media personnel formed a star of David with the number 11 in solidarity with the victims of the attack in the synagogue of Pittsburgh.

This years summit kicked off at the Cave of Zedekiah in Jerusalem, with the participation of approximately 150 Jewish bloggers and journalists.

The event aims to strengthen ties between Israel and Jewish communities around the world. Create a direct dialogue between Israeli journalists and their counterparts in the  media.

Jewish Media Summit 2018

The participants will meet with the Minister of Diaspora Affairs, Naftali Bennett, President Reuven Rivlin and the Speaker of the Knesset, Yuli Edelstein.

Via a video message shown at the start of the conference, the US ambassador in Israel, David Friedman spoke about the relations between the two countries and the role of the media in strengthening ties between Israel and the diaspora.

Friedman began by reflecting on the tragedy of the Pittsburgh bombing: “We all cried for Pittsburgh and the victims who died in the Tree of Life Synagogue. The incident provoked various reactions and the media covered the massacre from several perspectives. Some chose to highlight the differences and divisions while reporting on the signs of support and solidarity towards the Jews of Pittsburgh. “

“Immediately after the attack, I spoke about the need to unite around this tragedy. That is the response that the victims deserve,”he said.

Friedman highlighted the close relationship between Israel and the current US government: “The most tangible proof of the strong relations between the two countries is President Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, a recognition of a reality.”

“Six months have passed since we opened our diplomatic mission in Jerusalem. I want to tell you that every day that I get up to go to work in the Jerusalem embassy is a unique experience. Not a day goes by without you thanking God for the privilege of being the first ambassador to serve your country from this holy city. ” he said.

“As journalists, you are the vanguards of truth. The United States never fears the truth, nor does Israel. I urge you to use your platform to build bridges that unite our peoples around common values that we share. I know it’s much more what unites us than what divides us. ” Friedman concluded.

A Department of Motor Vehicles ID picture of Robert Bowers
A Department of Motor Vehicles ID picture of Robert Bowers

On November 1st, the murderer of 11 people in a Pittsburgh synagogue, Robert Bowers, pleaded not guilty to 44 charges of hate crimes in federal court. According to court documents, Bowers, 46, pleaded not guilty to the events that occurred when he killed eleven people in a firearm attack inside a Jewish temple.

The defendant also requested that his case be heard in a people’s jury trial, although no starting date was set in the recorded document. However, the memorandum did state that the length of the trial would be between three and four weeks.

The motion was filed during the first preliminary hearing of the case in the Federal District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania in Pittsburgh.

The judge in the case decided to accept the prosecution’s request that Bowers await for the trial on bail. Bowers could get the death penalty or spend the rest of his life in prison.

Robert Bowers, reportedly yelled, “All Jews must die,” when he began shooting in The Tree of Life synagogue in the Squirrel Hill neighborhood of Pittsburgh, killing 11 synagogue visitors and wounding six other people including four police officers. The shooting considered to be one of the deadliest attacks on Jews in US history.