How the FBI and the left tried to cover up antisemitic hostage crisis but were forced to back out of narrative

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Hostage incident at Texas synagogue

In the aftermath of the Texas synagogue hostage crisis this weekend, the Federal Bureau of Investigation downplayed the role of the hostage taker’s fundamental Islamist plot to attack and possibly kill Jews.

A SWAT team responded to Congregation Beth Israel after Brtish national Malik Faisal Akram, 44, entered the building and held a rabbi and three others hostage.

Despite the Akram professing support for Aafia Siddiqui, a Pakistani scientist who is serving 86 years in prison for attempted murder against U.S. military personnel, the FBI later said Akram’s motivation was not based on anti-Semitism or hatred toward Jews.

In a press conference after the hostages escaped and agents swarmed the building, killing Akram, FBI Special Agent in Charge Matt DeSarno sain in a press conference, “The Texas synagogue hostage taker’s demands were specifically focused on issues not connected to the Jewish community.”

The liberal media immediately took that statement to disprove the anti-Jewish and antisemitic motivation of Akram, despite the incident clearly being an attack on Jews.

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The Associated Press and others eventually retracted their Twitter posts and news articles. The FBI also walked back the agency’s previous position.

“All of us at the FBI are relieved the hostage situation in Colleyville, Texas, was resolved without physical injury to those taken hostage. We never lose sight of the threat extremists pose to the Jewish community and to other religious, racial, and ethnic groups. We have had a close and enduring relationship with the Jewish community for many years,” the FBI said in a statement. “We continue to work tirelessly with the Secure Community Network, the Anti-Defamation League, the Jewish Federation, and others to protect members of the Jewish community from all potential threats.”