FBI Dramatically Changes Tune on Synagogue Hostage Situation; Hero Rabbi: Here’s How the Synagogue Leader Ended the 10-Hour Ordeal

The FBI has changed its tune on the hostage situation at a Texas synagogue over the weekend.

As Rebecca covered, the FBI initially claimed the suspect wasn’t specifically targeting the Jewish community. . .

FBI Special Agent in Charge Matt DeSarno said on Saturday they believed the suspect was “singularly focused on one issue” which “was not specifically related to the Jewish community.”

By late Sunday, the FBI caught up to reality.

“This is a terrorism-related matter, in which the Jewish community was targeted, and is being investigated by the Joint Terrorism Task Force,” the FBI said in a new statement. “We never lose sight of the threat extremists pose to the Jewish community and to other religious, racial, and ethnic groups.”

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Hero Rabbi: Synagogue Leader Threw Chair at Crazed Terrorist to End 10-Hour Hostage Ordeal

By New York Post. The hero rabbi held hostage in his Texas synagogue has credited active-shooter training for helping him save his congregants — revealing Monday that he threw a chair at the terrorist so they could finally escape. . .

“In the last hour of our hostage crisis, the gunman became increasingly belligerent and threatening,” the rabbi said in a statement of British terrorist Malik Faisal Akram, who “wasn’t getting what he wanted.” . . .

He said he remembered the security training warning that “when your life is threatened, you need to do whatever you can to get to safety.”

That came when Akram “wasn’t in a good position” and Cytron-Walker and the two congregants with him were close to an exit, he told CBS, saying he made sure they “were ready to go.”

“I told them to go,” he said. “I threw a chair at the gunman, and I headed for the door. And all three of us were able to get out without even a shot being fired,” he told CBS of the “terrifying” ordeal. (Read more from “Hero Rabbi: Synagogue Leader Threw Chair at Crazed Terrorist to End 10-Hour Hostage Ordeal” HERE)

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