Colleyville Synagogue Hostage Crisis, Jan. 15, 2022
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By now, many of you may have already heard about the Colleyville, Texas synagogue hostage crisis, excerpt from wikipedia, in italics, below:
On January 15, 2022, Malik Faisal Akram, a 44-year-old British Pakistani citizen armed with a pistol, took four people hostage in the Congregation Beth Israel synagogue in Colleyville, Texas, United States, during Sabbath services. Hostage negotiations ensued, in which Akram demanded that Aafia Siddiqui, an alleged terrorist convicted of multiple felonies, be released from prison. He let one hostage go after six hours, and the remaining three hostages escaped 11 hours into the standoff. Tactical officers from the FBI Hostage Rescue Team then entered the synagogue, and Akram was fatally shot.
For more details of this crisis & FBI composite image of Aafia Siddiqui, please click HERE.
Texas Rabbi Charlie Cytron-Walker joined “CBS Mornings” on Monday to share his story of survival during this weekend’s hostage crisis at a synagogue in Colleyville, Texas, in the video published on Jan 17, 2022, “Rabbi Charlie Cytron-Walker shares what happende inside Texas synagogue during hostage crisis“, below:
Rabbi Charlie Cytron-Walker said, in italics, below:
“I am thankful and filled with appreciation for all of the vigils and prayers and love and support, all of the law enforcement and first responders who cared for us, all of the security training that helped save us. I am grateful for my family. I am grateful for the CBI Community, the Jewish Community, the Human Community. I am grateful that we made it out. I am grateful to be alive.”
Anti-Defamation League CEO Jonathan Greenblatt shares alarming insight on the growing trend of anti-Semitic hate crimes in the U.S., in the video published on Jan 17, 2022, “Texas hostage situation renews fear of rising antisemitism in US“, below:
Jonathan Greenblatt, CEO and National Director of Anti-Defamation League
- ADL CEO since July 2015 and is the organization’s sixth National Director
- Named a top 50 Nonprofit leader by “The NonProfit Times”
- Served as a Special Assistant to President Barack Obama
Facts about anti-semitic threats
- Jews are consistently the most targeted religious community in the U.S.
- Antisemitic incidents are being reported at record levels
- Jewish institutions like synagogues are vulnerable targets
- Jews are sometimes targeted because of their actual or perceived support for Israel and Zionism
- Extremists and antisemites perpetrate deadly violence against Jews
- Jews have been the targets of at least 21 extremist plots or credible threats since 2016
Jonathan Greenblatt’s book, “It Could Happen Here” is available at Amazon by clicking HERE.
Jonathan Greenblatt said, in italics, below:
“Extremists took advantage of the political cover Trump offered them not just to commit acts of violence but to enter the political discourse, further normalizing hate... When a political leader, especially one with the tremendous reach and influence of President Trump, not only fails to condemn hate but actively encourages it, the entire tone of our nation’s discourse shifts.”
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