FBI Changes Tune on Synagogue Hostage Situation: “The Jewish Community Was Targeted”

FBI Changes Tune on Synagogue Hostage Situation:

(RepublicanReport.org) – The threat of religious extremism is unfortunately never far away. On Saturday, January 15, an armed aggressor held four people hostage, at a synagogue in Colleyville, Texas. Authorities were initially reluctant to acknowledge the attack was motivated by anti-Semitism, but they’re now changing the official story.

In the hours following the siege on Saturday, FBI Special Agent in Charge Matt DeSarno stated the attack was not specifically targeted at the Jewish community. Instead, DeSarno said, the attacker had a particular issue in mind before taking hostages.

Journalists and other commentators responded derisively to this stance on social media, questioning why the FBI would adopt it when there was ample evidence to the contrary.

The FBI released a new statement on the attack on Sunday, apparently conceding its original position was incorrect. That statement revealed the FBI was investigating what it regarded as a terrorist attack, and it believed the Jewish community was the intended target of the attack.

The four hostages (one of whom was a rabbi) escaped the scene without injuries after a 12-hour standoff. The attacker, British national Malik Faisal Akram, died at the scene.

Do you think this was a simple case of miscommunication on the part of the FBI, or was there a more sinister reason for misrepresenting what was clearly an anti-Semitic attack?

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