As the year draws to a close, the experts at ADL annually recount the Top 10 moments in hate that challenged our nation and the world. This year, we are noting the Top 11 events as a tribute to the 11 people slain at the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh.
The attack at the Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh sent shock waves across the country and around the world, and offered a reminder of the potent and lethal threat posed by right-wing extremists in America. Carried out by an avowed white supremacist, the attack was the single most deadly assault on the Jewish community in U.S. history. The perpetrator, Robert D. Bowers, read and shared anti-Semitic conspiracy theories on the internet and fulminated against Jews before, during and after the attack. But the shooting was not an isolated event. Weeks after Pittsburgh, the FBI and Ohio police stopped a man who planned to carry out another mass shooting against Jewish institutions in Toledo, Ohio, to show his support for the Islamic State terrorist network. Other threats against Jewish communities were reported in Los Angeles, Florida and elsewhere.