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Another horrifying week in the US ... and no end in sight

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EVEN by recent standards, the events of the last few days in the US have been utterly horrifying.

On Saturday, Jewish residents in Squirrel Hill, a quiet neighbourhood of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, went along to a baby-naming ceremony in their local synagogue. This celebration of new life turned to unimaginable terror when a gunman opened fire, killing at least 11, injuring many others.

The perpetrator, who according to witnesses burst in shouting “All Jews must die”, is believed to be a local white man in his forties who had a history of anti-Semitic ranting on social media.

This is a developing story, of course, but don’t be surprised if and when we find out that the shooter used a cache of weapons that he bought legally, maybe even from a supermarket. This is the 294th mass shooting (an incident where four or more people were shot) in the US so far this year.

Yesterday, while condemning the incident, President Donald Trump also appeared to blame the victims for not having armed guards at their synagogue. How we all laughed back in the 1990s when Channel 4’s satirical comedy show Brass Eye did a skit on American priests having to arm themselves. It doesn’t seem funny now.

Earlier in the week,........

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