It wasn’t widely reported by the mainstream media, but Saturday’s standoff at a synagogue in Colleyville, Texas appears to have much to do with the conflict between Islam and Israel.
FBI officials issued a statement insisting that the hostage situation had little to do with the Jewish community. The vague wording suggested that the synagogue was merely a target of convenience. But some key details that slowly came to light indicated otherwise.
- The hostage-taker was likely Muslim. (The FBI initially refused to release his identity, but Texas officials leaked that the hostage-taker had said something about going to Muslim heaven.)
- During negotiations with authorities, he demanded the release of Muslim terrorist Aafia Siddiqui, calling her his “sister” even though they are not biologically related.
- Siddiqui is a Pakistani national jailed for attacking US military interrogators in 2008. She was being interrogated for suspected ties to Al Qaeda.
- Siddiqui is being held in a prison just 15 miles from Colleyville, Texas.
- During her trial in 2010, Siddiqui made very clear that she is anti-Israel in the extreme. Like all good modern antisemites, she believes Israel and a global Zionist cabal are controlling America.
Despite being a highly-educated neuroscientist, Siddiqui spewed typical ignorant antisemitic venom during her trial. For instance, she demanded that her jury contain no Jews if “they have a Zionist or Israeli background.” She then expressed concern that everyone in the room was either a Zionist or Israeli Jew, pending “genetic testing.”
Following her conviction, Siddiqui stated: “This is a verdict coming from Israel and not from America. That’s where the anger belongs.”
Her lawyers at the time tried to paint Siddiqui as mentally ill, an argument she fervently rejected. Indeed, if Aafia Siddiqui is mentally ill for holding views such as these, then half of the Muslim Middle East is mentally ill.
Saturday’s hostage-taking was apparently in service to Siddiqui and all she stands for.
Still think Jews weren’t specifically and purposefully targeted?