Aug 17, 2022
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As more details emerge about the series of events at the Beth Israel Synagogue hostage crisis in Coleyville, Texas, one major question remains that everyone seems to be overlooking.

According to the temple’s rabbi, Rabbi Charlie Cytron-Walker, after twelve hours of him and three other congregants being held hostage on January 15, the rabbi said in a recent interview that he threw a chair at the terrorist Malik Faisal Akram. This brave act allowed him and the other three hostages to escape the synagogue to safety.

This begs the question – If all the hostages were safe, why did the FBI feel compelled to kill the terrorist? Additionally, why did the FBI do nothing for twelve hours? Most importantly, why did the FBI say that the hostages were ‘released’ when in fact they escaped.

Yair Rosenberg, a prolific journalist at the Atlantic, noted how the FBI’s initial report didn’t square with the rabbi’s first-hand account of what really went down saying: “This is also an example of why it’s always worth waiting for the facts to come out in a breaking news story. Contrary to earlier reports, the Texas synagogue hostages weren’t released. They escaped. Wonder what else we don’t yet know.”

It appears as though the FBI lied to the media after initially claiming that at least one was released, and then the other three were released at a later time. That was what was Initially reported.  But according to the rabbi, the hostages were not released but rather escaped when he enabled them to make a break for it.

These disturbing questions can be added to a list of other mysteries surrounding this event. For example, how did Faisal Akram get approved for a visa to enter the US when he was known to intelligence agencies in the UK? Additionally, why does the FBI refuse to call the attack anti-semetic?

These questions and more have any in the international Jewish community wondering if there was some sort of relationship between Akram and the FBI. One user on Twitter appears to have done a good job summing up the series of events: