House Approves Doyle Bill to Honor Victims of Synagogue Attack

November 13, 2018
Press Release

Washington, DC – November 13, 2018 – U.S. Representative Mike Doyle (PA-14) announced that earlier this evening, the U.S. House of Representatives approved H.Res. 1138, legislation he introduced to condemn the October 27 anti-Semitic attack on the Tree of Life Synagogue building in Pittsburgh and honor the memory of the victims of the attack.

“This attack happened because one man had a dark hatred in his heart for the Jewish people, but the Jewish community in Pittsburgh -- and the city as a whole -- have proven to be stronger than that hate,” Congressman Doyle said after approval of the bill. “We all must do more to combat this hate in our neighborhoods and to stop these tragedies from happening. This resolution is just a step in the healing process that our City, and our country, need.”

H.Res. 1138 condemned the attack and all anti-semitism, honored the memory of those who were lost, expressed hope for a full and speedy recovery of those injured, offers condolences to the congregations and individuals affected by the attack, expressed gratitude for the actions of first responders and hospital personnel, rejected all forms of terror and hate, and reaffirmed the right of all Americans to freely exercise their beliefs. Click here to read the full text of the resolution.

The victims in the attack were: Joyce Fienberg, Richard Gottfried, Rose Mallinger, Jerry Rabinowitz, Cecil Rosenthal, David Rosenthal, Bernice Simon, Sylvan Simon, Daniel Stein, Melvin Wax, and Irving Younger.

The Co-Chairs of the Bipartisan Taskforce to Combat Anti-Semitism helped draft H.Res. 1138 and were original cosponsors of the bill: (Nita Lowey (D-NY), Chris Smith (R-NJ), Eliot Engel (D-NY), Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL), Ted Deutch (D-FL), Kay Granger (R-TX), Marc Veasey (D-TX), and Peter Roskam (R-IL)).

Click here to see House Floor consideration of the bill.