US President Joe Biden says he will ‘stand against anti-Semitism’ after Texas synagogue attack
After several hours of a standoff between a lone gunman and law enforcement officials at a synagogue in the US city of Colleyville, Texas, all hostages were released unharmed and the assailant was shot. Following this development, US President Joe Biden condemned the act and vowed to stand firmly against anti-Semitism and extremism. Biden also continued a message of support for a synagogue member who was held captive for hours at gunpoint.
“I am grateful for the tireless work of law enforcement at all levels who acted cooperatively and fearlessly to rescue the hostages. We send love and strength to members of Congregation Beth Israel, Colleyville and the Jewish community” , said the American president. according to a statement released by the White House on Saturday, January 15, 2022.
The attacker, whose identity remained hidden from the media, had demanded the release of a terrorist who belonged to Pakistan and was in a nearby prison.
“We will learn more in the days to come about the hostage taker’s motives. But let me be clear to anyone who intends to spread hatred: we will oppose anti-Semitism and the rise of extremism in this country. That’s who we are, and tonight the men and women of law enforcement made us all proud,” President Biden said.
Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett thanks US law enforcement
Meanwhile, Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett also thanked US law enforcement for rescuing the hostages. Taking to Twitter, Bennett wrote, “Relieved and grateful that the hostages at Congregation Beth Israel in Colleyville, TX have been rescued. I commend law enforcement and crews on the ground who responded quickly and courageously to ensure the safety of the hostages.”
Relieved and grateful that hostages from Congregation Beth Israel in Colleyville, Texas have been rescued.
I commend law enforcement and the teams on the ground who responded quickly and courageously to ensure the safety of the hostages.
— Naftali Bennett בנט (@naftalibennett) January 16, 2022
United States: Attack on a synagogue in Texas
A lone gunman attacked the synagogue as the Shabbat morning service aired on a Facebook Livestream video. Part of the incident was captured on Livestream, but it was quickly deleted from social media. The attacker was heard taking the name of Pakistani terrorist Aafia Siddiqui, known as “Lady al-Qaeda”.
Initially, the lone gunman, who was carrying explosives and an automatic weapon, took four people hostage, including the rabbi of the synagogue. After six hours, the attacker freed a hostage unharmed. However, the Federal Bureau of Investigation Hostage Rescue Team managed to storm the synagogue and free the other three hostages. In exchange for the hostages, the gunman wanted the release of Aafia Siddiqui, a Pakistani neuroscientist who was convicted in 2010 in New York federal court of attempting to kill US servicemen. Currently, Pakistani terrorist Siddiqui is serving an 86-year prison sentence at Carswell Air Force Base near Fort Worth, Texas.