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Fight both Israel’s & America’s

Regarding the headline “Abbas decries ‘provocations’” on the continuation of the Nov. 19 front-page story headlined “While in prayer, rabbis slain”: Picture yourself in your church Sunday morning, quietly praying when suddenly, two men with meat cleavers, knives and guns storm in and sweep through the sanctuary, brutally hacking and killing worshippers while screaming “Allahu Akbar!” Imagine that a headline said you “provoked” this attack. How? By being in your place of worship, praying to God!

Not just the location but the barbaric gruesomeness of the Jerusalem synagogue attack needs to be condemned: hacking at people with axes, chopping off limbs, slaughtering innocent human beings with butcher knives. We must not lose our sense of humanity: Nothing can justify savagery like this.

Three of the murdered were American citizens, people like you and me: husbands, fathers, grandfathers. They left behind grieving widows and orphans.

And in Gaza, they are celebrating, handing out sweets and calling the butchers heroes, making them into celebrities. The world should be screaming in outrage, denouncing this violation of the sanctity of a holy place and people in prayer.

The terrorists who are killing Americans in Israel have the same barbaric worldview as the Islamic extremists who are beheading Americans in Syria. Israel’s fight is America’s fight.

Simone Shapiro

Squirrel Hill

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