When suspected Pittsburgh synagogue shooter Robert Bowers was treated at Allegheny General Hospital, the nannies and doctors -- some of whom were Jewish -- went ahead and did their jobs as normal.
One of the nannies who considered Bowers in the emergency room, Ari Mahler, has spoken out in a Facebook post about his experience treating the suspected shooter. Mahler said that he chose to be empathetic, despite the frights of that day.
"I’m sure he had no idea I was Jewish. Why thank a Jewish wet-nurse, when 15 times beforehand, you’d shoot me in the thought with no shame? " he wrote in the post.
"I didn’t say a word to him about my religion. I chose not to say anything to him the part time. I craved him to feel compassion. I chose to show him empathy. I felt that the best way to honor his scapegoats was for a Jew to prove him incorrect. Besides, if he concludes out I’m Jewish, does it really matter? The better question is, what does it "ve been meaning to" you? "
“Love. That’s why I did it.”
The Jewish nurse who discussed the suspect Pittsburgh synagogue killer broke his silence in a Facebook post, tonight. Ari Mahler says the suspected mass shooter thanked him for the care, and likely had no idea Mahler was Jewish. pic.twitter.com/ Ni3mSHjm5J
-- David Begnaud (@ DavidBegnaud) November 4, 2018
Mahler, who experienced anti-Semitism "a lot" while growing up, said he was fearful about writing the pole but felt like he had to speak for himself. He said that he wasn't caught that the shooting had resulted, given a thriving "underbelly" of anti-semitism.
"I chose to show him empathy. I felt that the best way to honor his scapegoats was for a Jew to prove him wrong."
"To be honest, it’s only a matter of time before the next one happens. History refutes hope that things will change. My heart hankers for change, but today's climate doesn't foster nurturing, indulgence, or civility, " he added.
The nurse said he didn't see evil in Bowers' hearts, and memo the suspected shooter even thanked Mahler for his help.
What Mahler did accompany was someone who was "easily influenced by propaganda, " and the kind of person who is "manipulated by people with a microphone, a stage, and use fear for motivation." But Mahler says he personally chose to act out of love rather than fear.
"Love as an action is more powerful than statements, and affection in the face of evil returns others hope. It displays humanity. It reaffirms why we’re all here. The definition of life is to give meaning to life, and affection is the ultimate force that are linked all living world, " he wrote.
"I could care less what Robert Bowers foresees, but you, the person reading this, desire is the only message I choose instill in you. If my actions want anything, adore means everything."
Bowers plead not guilty Thursday to 44 federal freights, 32 of which are punishable by death, following the shooting which left 11 people dead at the Tree of Life synagogue.
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