Malik Faisal Akram’s hostage-taking is billed as a ‘Hate Crime’

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Nearly a week after a British man took four Jewish men hostage inside a Texas synagogue on the Sabbath, the FBI has announced that it is investigating the incident as a ” hate crimes” and an “act of terrorism”.

The announcement fell the day after the arrest by UK authorities two men in Birmingham and Manchester in connection with the attack.

Also on Friday, a medical examiner released a report showing the perpetrator had died from multiple gunshot wounds.

After 11 hours of deadlock, an FBI team shot and killed Malik Faisal Akram, an Englishman Islam A man has taken a rabbi and four rabbis hostage at a synagogue in Texas, authorities said Friday.

Priest Charlie Cytron-Walker Officials said they threw a chair at Akram, allowing them to escape. The Independent. Matthew DeSarno, the special agent in charge of the FBI Dallas field office, described Akram as “a terrorist who destroys an anti-Semitic worldview.” He lived with mental health problems, his family said.

“[Akram’s] DeSarno said.

Rabbi Cytron-Walker, one of the hostages at Beth Israel Congregation in Colleyville, said he began to worry when Akram suddenly became very calm.

Rabbi Charlie Cytron-Walker speaking about the hostage situation January 15, 2022 at Beth Israel Congregation.

Rabbi Charlie Cytron-Walker tells reporters about the hostage situation on January 15, 2022 at Beth Israel Congregation.

“He went from being extremely agitated with the negotiator to being extremely calm, just asking me for juice,” he said at a press conference. “I was extremely nervous at the time, but fortunately it gave us an opportunity… which we took advantage of.”

Authorities said none of the four hostages were injured in the 11-hour skirmish. As previous report, Akram took control of the building during a synagogue live stream. His reported statements suggest that he wants to free the neuroscientist Aafia Siddiqui, who was found guilty of attempting to kill and assault American officers and personnel in Afghanistan years ago. Siddiqui’s dissenting statements were a hallmark of her trial, where she demanded that jurors be forced to submit DNA tests to see if they were Jewish. She sold the 9/11 conspiracy theories at her sentencing, where she was sentenced to 86 years.

She is serving her sentence inside FMC Carswell, a federal prison in nearby Fort Worth. DeSarno did not name the prisoner Akram wanted to release.

Akram made his intentions clear in a phone call to his brother.

“Yes, I am in America,” he said. “I thought I’d just kiss my last goodbye to you.”

When asked what happened, he said he took hostages at a synagogue. He was surrounded, he said. He declined to immediately respond when asked why he did it but said he was going to die.

“Don’t worry about it,” he said. “You don’t have to worry about what I’m doing, yeah. You do what you have to do. I came to die. “

He insisted it was not a crime.

“I promised my brother when I saw him on the hospital bed that I would go down like a martyr,” he said. “I won’t let the bastards oppress me.”

“I had four beautiful boys, Jewish boys with me,” Akram said. “They are trying to play with me. I told them to take her away [Siddiqui] here. She was 84 years old. They talked to her because I was near FMC Carswell prison. ”

He kept saying he would die there.

“Shoot me to death,” he said. “Shoot her to death. Because I die and she dies too. She [in prison for] 84 years right? They framed her damn it, but you know what I just called you yirah If I did anything wrong to you, I’m sorry. I told my children to stay calm and not cry at my funeral. “

He criticized the US invasion of Afghanistan.

“They let James Foley die,” he said, refers to a journalist who was beheaded by ISIS members in 2014. “They let him die and they didn’t let her out but guess what? Maybe they’ll have compassion for the damn Jews. ”

[Screenshot via ABC]

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