FBI Director: Synagogue Hostage-Taking an ‘Act of Terrorism Targeting Jewish Community’

Christopher Wray, the director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), said that the agency is investigating the hostage crisis at a Texas synagogue on Saturday as “an act of terrorism targeting the Jewish community.”

“This was not some random occurrence,” Wray told viewers of a webinar hosted by the Anti-Defamation League. “It was intentional, it was symbolic, and we’re not going to tolerate antisemitism in this country.”

Matthew DeSarno, the special agent in charge of the FBI’s Dallas field office, had initially claimed that the attack from British citizen Malik Faisal Akram, a Muslim, against the Congregation Beth Israel in Colleyville was “not specifically related to the Jewish community.”

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