The massacre of 11 people at synagogue in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Saturday inspired widespread denunciations of bigotry and violence. 


But the shooting also enflamed growing political divisions, including among American Jews. 


Leaving aside the ​outcry of President Donald Trump's response, many liberals accused him of enabling the tragedy, and some went as far as to apportion a share of the blame to his Jewish supporters. 


In a tweet hours after the shooting at the Tree of Life Synagogue in the Squirrel Hill neighborhood of Pittsburgh, GQ correspondent Julia Ioffe sought to shame her "fellow American Jews." She suggested they had sold out their community by backing Trump because of loyalty to Israel. 

The president has thrilled many Israel supporters, particularly by moving the US embassy to Jerusalem in May. 


Ioffe -- an ​outspoken Trump critic and Jewish emigre from Russia -- followed up Sunday with an op-ed in in the Washington Post. In the article, she ​dismissed conservative ​protestations that the suspected Pittsburgh shooter, a 46-year-old local and avowed Jew-hater, had before the attack condemned Trump for being "soft on the k--- infestation." 


To her, Robert Bowers, who has been arrested and charged with the murders, was as much a product of Trumpian incitement as the Florida man who was arrested last week and charged for sending 13 bombs to the president's critics. 

Ioffe said that Trump had "set the tone" for the shooting at the synagogue with the rhetoric of his 2016 presidential campaign and his equivocal response to the white nationalist rally last year in Charlottesville, Virginia.


Vox editor and writer Matthew Yglesias echoed Ioffe's argument in a tweet Sunday. Yglesias, who has Jewish heritage, resurfaced a 2015 tweet in which Ben Shapiro, a conservative commentator and Orthodox Jew, seemed to excuse anti-Jewish comments by Ann Coulter in light of her long-standing support for Israel. 


 "The daft logic of the American Jewish right," opined Yglesias. 

In an Atlantic essay ​published Saturday, staff writer Franklin Foer drew a straight line from Bowers' apparent hatred of the Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society, a historically Jewish refugee aid group, to Trump's "abhorrence of globalism."


Foer urged his American Jewish community to shun "Trump's Jewish enablers" -- like the president's son-in-law and adviser Jared Kushner and Republican mega-donor Sheldon Adelson -- for the sake of its collective security. 


"Their money should be refused, their presence in synagogues not welcome," he argued of Trump-supportive Jews. "They have placed their community in danger."

Conservatives responded to these attacks on Trump and his Jewish supporters with outrage. 


Seth Mandel, the Orthodox Jewish executive editor of the Washington Examiner, on Sunday shared images of Ioffe and Foer's tweets and lamented those who "blame the victims and boost the smear of the disloyal Jew."


"What a broken political culture," he said.

Down-and-out conservative firebrand Glenn Beck on Sunday deemed Ioffe's tweet "Shameful, Outrageous and untrue." He called on Americans to "come together" and declared he was taking a "stand w/the Jewish people."

Ioffe hit back with a tweet, which she later deleted, eschewing the support of Beck, who has been ​accused of dabbling in anti-Semitic canards. "I think you carry some of the blame for what happened today," she added. 

That, of course, prompted further backlash by conservatives, including Jewish journalist Daniella Greenbaum. 


"This is abhorrent," Greenbaum said. "And you don't speak for all Jews."  

PHOTO: Ben Shapiro speaks at Politicon in Pasadena, California on June 26, 2016. (Wikimedia Commons)