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    Israel SHOCKED Over California Synagogue Attack on Eve of Holocaust Day

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    Following a second deadly attack on a US synagogue since last October, a number of high-profile politicians and human rights campaigners have been paying tributes to the only victim and denouncing anti-Semitism.

    Top-level Israeli politicians have decried Saturday's shooting at a California synagogue, which claimed the life of one worshipper identified as Lori Gilbert-Kaye, 60.

    "I condemn the abhorrent attack on a synagogue in California; this is an attack on the heart of the Jewish people", read a statement from Netanyahu's office. "We send condolences to the family of Lori Gilbert-Kaye and our best wishes for a quick recovery to the wounded. The international community must step up the struggle against anti-Semitism".

    Citing a worldwide increase in anti-Semitic attacks, Netanyahu vowed to convene a "special discussion of all elements dealing with the issue".

    READ MORE: 'Jews Deserve Hell': What is Known So Far About California Synagogue Shooter

    For his part, Israeli President Reuven Rivlin said he was "shocked and grieved" to learn about the tragedy, according to The Times of Israel.

    "The murderous attack on the Jewish community during Passover, our holiday of freedom, and just before Holocaust Memorial Day, is yet another painful reminder that anti-Semitism and hatred of Jews is still with us, everywhere", he was quoted as saying.

    A slew of other politicians and civil rights advocates, including US President Donald Trump, House Speaker Pelosi, and German Foreign Minister Maas have likewise condemned the attack.

    On Saturday, a gunman opened fire with an assault-type rifle at the Chabad Synagogue in Poway, California, killing a woman and injuring three other people. He was identified as John Earnest, a 19-year-old student at California State University San Marcos.

    The suspect was arrested; he had reportedly issued an anti-Semitic online manifesto prior to the shooting, apparently inspired by the infamous New Zealand attacker, who killed 51 worshippers at two mosques in the city of Christchurch last month.

    Earnest also took credit for a yet-unsolved arson at a California mosque, which took place a week after the Christchurch attacks.

    This is a second deadly attack on a synagogue in the United States in recent months: on 27 October, a gunman left 11 people dead and injured at least six more, including police officers, at the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

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