The son of a Rabbi who saved the life of the Pittsburgh synagogue shooter says another massacre will happen amid growing anti-Semitism.
Ari Mahler was a nurse in the ER at Allegheny General Hospital when Robert Bowers was wheeled in by medics, shouting ‘death to all Jews’ on October 27.
The 46-year-old slaughtered 11 worshipers at the Tree of Life synagogue and Mahler worried for his parents lives before he treated Bowers.
But he told the public on November 3 he was not surprised and expects another shooting.
Ari Mahler treated Robert Bowers after he massacred 11 at the Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania on October 27
The entrance to ER at the Allegheny General Hospital where Bowers was rushed after police shot him multiple times
‘The fact that this shooting took place doesn’t shock me. To be honest, it’s only a matter of time before the next one happens.’ Mahler wrote.
He says that today’s climate does not nurture ‘tolerance and civility.’
In the long post he cited evidence from the FBI and Southern Poverty Law Center which found that although Jews account for two percent of the Jewish population, they suffer 60% of all religious hate crime.
And Mahler believes ‘the underbelly of anti-Semitism seems to be thriving.’
Mahler said he had grown up with anti-Semitic bullying: ‘I found drawings on desks of my family being marched into gas chambers, swastikas drawn on my locker, and notes shoved inside of it saying, “Die Jew. Love, Hitler.”‘
Bowers, 46, pleaded not guilty to counts of murder, hate crimes, obstructing the practice of religion and others, for which he could face the death penalty
A recent picture uploaded by Mahler with a Star of David banner and a banner reading, ‘Stronger Than Hate #PittsburghStrong’
He said on Facebook, ‘I didn’t see evil when I looked into Robert Bower’s eyes. I saw something else.’
Careful not to breach patient confidentiality, he continued: ‘My care is given through kindness, my actions are measured with empathy, and regardless of the person you may be when you’re not in my care, each breath you take is more beautiful than the last when you’re lying on my stretcher.’
Mahler said he did not speak to Bowers and instead wanted to show him empathy, ‘I wanted him to feel compassion, ‘ he wrote, ‘I felt that the best way to honor his victims was for a Jew to prove him wrong.’
The gutless shooter opened fire on a baby-naming ceremony with three handguns and an AR-15, before inuring officers in a shoot-out.
Bowers pleaded not guilty on Thursday to a 44-count grand jury indictment charging him with murder, hate crimes, obstructing the practice of religion and other crimes, for which he could face the death penalty.