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Israeli cabinet honours victims of Pittsburgh synagogue shooting

The gunman in Pittsburgh killed 11 worshippers and wounded six others, including four police officers, before he was arrested.

Israeli cabinet honours victims of Pittsburgh synagogue shooting
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (Centre), Transportation and Intelligence Minister Yisrael Katz (L), and Cabinet Secretary Tzachi Braverman stand for a moment of silence to honour the victims of a synagogue shooting in Pittsburgh, during the weekly cabinet meeting in Jerusalem. (Source: Oded Balilty/Pool via REUTERS)

Israel’s cabinet stood for a moment’s silence on Sunday to honour the victims of a synagogue shooting that killed at least 11 worshippers in Pittsburgh.

“The entire nation of Israel mourns with the families of the murdered in the horrendous massacre at the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh,” Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said at the start of the weekly cabinet session. Saturday’s shooting “is the biggest anti-Semitic crime” in the annals of the United States, he said, calling on the world to unite in the fight against anti-Semitism everywhere.

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“It is hard to overstate the horror of the murder of Jews who congregate on the Sabbath and who were murdered only because they were Jews,” Netanyahu added. A gunman yelling, “All Jews must die,” stormed the Tree of Life synagogue during Jewish sabbath services, killing 11 worshippers and wounding six others, including four police officers, before he was arrested.

Israeli cabinet honours victims of Pittsburgh synagogue shooting
The FBI at the scene after an active shooter situation at the Tree of Life Congregation in Pittsburgh, US on Saturday. (Source: AP)

“On my behalf, on behalf of the government of Israel and the nation of Israel I convey our heartfelt condolences to the families that have lost dear ones. We all pray for the speedy recovery of the wounded,” Netanyahu said.