Katie Hopkins condemned for blaming Pittsburgh Tree of Life synagogue shooting on 'Chief Rabbi's support for mass migration'

The right-wing commentator was branded 'repulsive', 'disgusting' and 'fascist'


Right-wing commentator Katie Hopkins has been condemnd for blaming the "Chief Rabbi and his support for mass migration" into Europe for the Pittsburgh synagogue shooting in which 11 died.

Robert Bowers, the suspected shooter, is purported to have kept a social media account that sent antisemitic messages in the hours before the attack.

Two days after the mass shooting stunned the Jewish communty, Ms Hopkins tweeted she was “watching the pin-the-blame on the donkey".

“Look to the Chief Rabbi and his support for mass migration across the Med," she wrote. "There you will find your truths.”

It is unclear whether Ms Hopkins was referring to Ephraim Mirvis, the UK's Chief Rabbi, or Pinchas Goldschmidt, the Chief Rabbi of Moscow and Europe's most senior rabbi.

Rabbi Mirvis drew support for his stance on the European migration crisis, after leading a delegation of United Synagogue rabbis on a visit to the Idomeni refugee camp, one of the largest migrant centres in Greece, in November 2015.

A month earlier he also raised the matter at a private audience with Pope Francis in the Vatican, urging him to confront the “profound crisis”.

Rabbi Goldschmidt has called for Jews and Muslims to unite to "resist attacks on minority religions and defending religious freedom".

Ms Hopkins, who was dismissed from LBC radio last year after calling for a “final solution” to Islamic terrorism, was widely condemned by a host of political and cultural commentators.

Journalist David Aaronovitch said Ms Hopkins, who has longed sought to provoke people with extreme statements on a variety of issues, had "gone the full fascist".

Kate Maltby called her tweet "repulsive".

Journalist Tanya Gold called Ms Hopkins "disgusting".

Food writer Jay Rayner added: "Katie Hopkins says the blame for the Pittsburgh massacre of Jews lies with... the Jews. Feel free to report this tweet to Twitter. By the thousand."

Rabbi Mirvis’s office declined to comment when contacted by the JC.

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