Pittsburgh groups denounce mayor’s trip to Israel after synagogue massacre

Pittsburgh groups denounce mayor’s trip to Israel after synagogue massacre
Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto views a plaque in Jerusalem honoring victims of the Tree of Life Synagogue massacre. Govt Press Office, Israel

[Ed. – These usual-suspect radical-fringe groups have been denouncing such civic-engagement/good-faith gestures all along. What’s new is the relatively friendly, straight-news coverage of the groups’ complaints by local media. The fringe element used to not get echo; now it does.  Pay attention to this. It’s an attempt to shift the Overton Window.]

A local coalition critical of Israeli-U.S. cooperation on police training says it is “dismayed” by Mayor Bill Peduto’s recent participation in an international mayors’ conference in Israel.

It said in a wide-ranging open letter that he should be condemning rather than learning from Israel’s use of advanced security tactics and technologies.

Mr. Peduto’s trip in late February included tributes to victims of the 2018 Tree of Life synagogue massacre in Pittsburgh, the deadliest anti-Semitic attack in U.S. history. …

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The signers’ coalition includes the Pittsburgh Palestine Solidarity Committee; Jewish Voice for Peace – Pittsburgh; the Council on American-Islamic Relations’ Pittsburgh chapter; Friends of Sabeel North America; and the Thomas Merton Center for Peace and Justice.

Others include IfNotNow Pittsburgh; Veterans for Peace of Western Pennsylvania; Pittsburgh Democratic Socialists of America…

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