EXECUTIVE SUMMARY: The killing of 11 Jews in Pittsburgh is the next in a series of lethal attacks targeting Jews and their institutions for decades around the world. In killings outside the US, the murderers of Jews are often Muslim, while in Pittsburgh the murderer was a white supremacist. The First Amendment of the American Constitution enables hate speech, which is a deficiency in any society. The Pittsburgh killings demonstrate that Jews are subject to threat all over the world, including in the US.
The killing of 11 Jews in an American synagogue is the next in a series of murders targeting Jews and their institutions over a period of decades.
Of the mass murders of Jews outside Israel, the most lethal was in South America in 1984. Eighty-five people were killed in the bombing of the Amia building in Buenos Aires. In Africa, the biggest large-scale terrorist attack aimed at Jews was the 2002 bombing of the Israeli-owned Paradise Hotel in Mombasa, Kenya, which killed 13. In Europe, the most deadly attack against a Jewish target took place at the Goldenberg restaurant in Paris in 1982, when six people were murdered. The same number were killed in 2012 in a terrorist attack on a bus transporting Israelis near the Burgas airport in Bulgaria.
There is one major difference between the murders of Jews in the US and the three other continents. In Pittsburgh, the murderer was a white supremacist. In all the other attacks the perpetrators were Muslims. All the Jews murdered in Western Europe for ideological reasons in this century were killed by Muslims.