A law enforcement vehicle is parked at a school in the area where a man believed to have taken people hostage at a synagogue during services that were being streamed live, in Colleyville, Texas, US, January 15, 2022. (photo credit: REUTERS/Shelby Tauber)
Soon after the FBI freed four hostages held by a gunman for 11 hours at Congregation Beth Israel in Colleyville, Texas on Saturday, Special Agent in Charge of the Dallas Field Office Matthew Desarno made a truly baffling statement.
“We do believe from our engagement with this subject that he was singularly focused on one issue and it was not specifically related to the Jewish community, but we are continuing to work to find the motive,” Desarno said.
*****Pardon me, but no statement ever made by a “Special Agent” has ever been this asinine.
The idea that any attack on a synagogue is “not specifically related to the Jewish community” is absurd enough.
******YES – ASININE
Even with the broadest definition of who is considered Jewish, Jews make up only 2.4% of all American adults and only 0.6% of the population of Texas. It beggars belief, in most cases and in this one in particular, that someone outside the densest Jewish populations in America would have randomly stumbled upon a synagogue while looking for people to hold hostage.
Add to that the fact that the gunman entered Congregation Beth Israel on a Saturday morning when Shabbat services are held. The timing was clearly intentional.
Law enforcement vehicles are seen in the area where a man has reportedly taken people hostage at a synagogue during services that were being streamed live, in Colleyville, Texas, US, January 15, 2022. (credit: REUTERS/Shelby Tauber)
But the specifics of this crime also show a deep current of antisemitism running through the “one issue” on which the hostage-taker was “singularly focused.
”Perhaps at first glance, that issue, the release of Aafia Siddiqui, currently serving an 86-year prison sentence for attempting to murder American troops and FBI agents, does not seem to be “specifically related to the Jewish community.” But Siddiqui was a raving antisemite, and that information is readily available.
The gunman said that he and Siddiqui were “sisters” – though apparently in ideology and not in the literal sense – and that they would meet in “Jannah,” meaning paradise after he dies.
Siddiqui, nicknamed “Lady Al-Qaeda,” was born in Pakistan and traveled to the US on a student visa in 1990. She got her PhD in neuroscience from Brandeis University, founded by the Jewish community in 1948 and named after the first Jewish Justice in the US Supreme Court.
After Siddiqui was arrested in Afghanistan for her part in plotting al-Qaeda terrorist attacks in the US, UK and Pakistan, shooting at US Army troops as they detained her, she said that the case against her was a Jewish conspiracy.
Siddiqui dismissed her legal defense team because she said the lawyers were Jewish, and she demanded that jurors in the trial take DNA tests to make sure they were not Israeli or Zionists, in order “to be fair.”
She also wrote a letter to then-president Barack Obama telling him that Jews “have always back-stabbed everyone who has taken pity on them and made the ‘fatal’ error of giving them shelter.”
“It is this cruel, ungrateful back-stabbing of the Jews that has caused them to be mercilessly expelled from wherever they gain strength. This is why ‘holocausts’ keep happening to them repeatedly! If they would only learn to be grateful and change their behavior!!” Siddiqui wrote.
After her conviction, Siddiqui said: “This is a verdict coming from Israel and not from America. That’s where the anger belongs.”
The likelihood of someone being so passionate about releasing Siddiqui that he would hold people hostage at gunpoint and not know of her widely-reported and Wikipedia-listed views about Jews is slim.
One of the organizations that has been advocating Siddiqui’s release in recent weeks is the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR). In November, CAIR’s Texas chapter and MPower Change, a Muslim activist group, hosted an online event titled “Injustice: Dr. Aafia and the 20-year legacy of America’s wars.”
In addition, CAIR San Francisco Executive Director Zahra Billoo gave a speech in November, in which she told attendees to “know your enemies.”
Speaking at a convention for American Muslims for Palestine (AMP), Billoo said: “When we talk about Islamophobia, we often think of the vehement fascists… but I also want us to pay attention to the polite Zionists, the ones that say ‘let’s just break bread together.’…We need to pay attention to the Anti-Defamation League, we need to pay attention to the Jewish Federation, we need to pay attention to the Zionist synagogues, we need to pay attention to the Hillel chapters on our campuses.”
It must be said that CAIR National Deputy Director Ed Ahmed Mitchell condemned the hostage-taking in Colleyville.
******** YES…….CAIR always has one Jew Hater from their organization designated as the “We condemn this act” voice of reason. blah blah blah
“This latest antisemitic attack at a house of worship is an unacceptable act of evil,” Mitchell said. “We stand in solidarity with the Jewish community… No cause can justify or excuse this crime. We are in contact with local community leaders to learn more and provide any assistance that we can.”
We don’t know much about the hostage-taker, since the FBI is not releasing information. But we know that he targeted a synagogue in order to free a woman who did not hide her hatred of Jews. And we know that a leading figure in the same organization that advocated Siddiqui’s cause put synagogues and other major Jewish organizations on a list of “enemies” who spark Islamophobia.
These seem like directions of inquiry that the FBI ought to be taking seriously.
What more must it take for a crime to be viewed as “specifically related to the Jewish community?” What more needs to happen for antisemitic hate crimes to be viewed as such? Source
Being a Jew, and growing up with vile Jew hatred all around me, the subject of this jpost article does not shock this writer.
However, this clearly shows the rampant anti Semitism in America. It makes me wonder if the “internment” camps for the unvaxxed might have special sections for the “Juden” even if they are vaxxed. I mean a Jew is a Jew, right?
The powers that be won’t let a good crisis go to waste.