Anti-Semitic pamphlets with Ku Klux Klan logos and a recruitment message were recently found scattered around the Tree of life Synagogue Synagogue and the community of Squirrel Hill, Pittsburgh. This where Robert Bowers opened fire onto the congregants of the synagogue, killing 11 people and injuring six others.
The pamphlets, which were signed by the Loyal White Knights of the KKK, a white supremacist and anti-Semitic organization, detail information about the hate organization in an attempt to recruit new members.
“Such hate-filled material will not be tolerated in Pittsburgh — not by residents, City officials nor Law Enforcement,” the Department of Public Safety said in a statement .
On October 27th,Robert Bowers yelled, “All Jews must die,” before he sprayed bullets in The Tree of Life synagogue in the Squirrel Hill neighborhood of Pittsburgh. He ended up killing 11 synagogue visitors and wounding six other people including four police officers, before he was arrested.
The shooting is considered to be one of the deadliest attacks on Jews in US history.
According to court reports, on November 1st. Bowers pleaded not guilty to the 44 charges he faced.
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.