January 18, 2022 Special Announcements No. 1163

MEMRI JTTM Reports On Jihadi Reactions To Hostage-Taking At Texas Synagogue: 'It Is Possible That Such An Act... Will Open A New Door To Operations For The Sake Of The Release Of Muslim Prisoners... In A More Organized Manner'

January 18, 2022
Special Announcements No. 1163

On January 15, 2022, British-Pakistani national Malik Faisal Akram took four hostages in the Beth Israel synagogue in Coleyville, Texas, demanding the release of Pakistani neuroscientist Aafia Siddiqui, a Pakistani neuroscientist serving an 86-year sentence for attempted murder of U.S. military personnel and who is known for her affiliation with Al-Qaeda. The incident ended with the four hostages free and Akram having been shot. During the incident and in its aftermath, the MEMRI Jihad And Terrorism Threat Monitor (JTTM) team prepared reports, listed below, monitoring jihadi reactions to the events.

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Following Hostage-Taking In Texas Synagogue, Jihadi Clerics Lionize Perpetrator, Warn That Continued Incarceration Of Aafia Siddiqui And Her 'Sisters' Justifies Similar Attacks To Affect Their Release

The January 15, 2022 hostage-taking in the Beth Israel synagogue in Texas, during which the perpetrator, Malik Faisal Akram, demanded the release of Pakistani neuroscientist Aafia Siddiqui, sparked reactions from prominent jihadi clerics.


Islamic State (ISIS) Supporters Praise Texas Synagogue Hostage-Taker: His Jihad Will Be Remembered; He Succeeded In Advocating For Aafia Siddiqui Like No One Has In A Long Time

ISIS supporters praised the man who took hostages at the Beth Israel synagogue in Texas on January 15, 2022.


Al-Qaeda Supporter Following Hostage-Taking In Texas Synagogue: I Hope This Paves The Way To More, Better-Organized Operations To Free Muslim Prisoners

In response to the hostage-taking, an Al-Qaeda supporter on Telegram wrote: "It is possible that such an act... will open a new door to operations for the sake of the release of Muslim prisoners from the prisons of the tyrants and the oppressors, but in a more organized manner."


British Pro-ISIS Preacher Anjem Choudary Uses Texas Synagogue Hostage Incident As Opportunity To Launch New Twitter Storm Demanding Release Of Aafia Siddiqui

On January 16, 2022, following the hostage-taking at the Texas synagogue the day before, British pro-Islamic State (ISIS) preacher Anjem Choudary published a "press release" on his blog calling for a second Twitter storm to demand the release of Dr. Aafia Siddiqui.


In August 2021 Video Interview, Maryland-Based Advocate For Release Of Aafia Siddiqui Claims 'Rogue Elements' In U.S. Government Made Her A Scapegoat After Her 'Activism' Made Her A Target For 'Zionists'

On August 7, 2021, a pro-jihad media outlet run from northern Syria by a U.S.-born journalist posted a 36-minute video on YouTube featuring an interview conducted by Abdul Kareem with Mauri Saalakhan, the director of operations for the Maryland-based nonprofit Aafia Foundation.

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