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Texas synagogue attacked - hostages freed, gunman killed


January 21, 2022

Rabbi Charlie Cytron-Walker

(JNS) - "I'm grateful to be alive," wrote Rabbi Charlie Cytron-Walker on Facebook shortly after he emerged unscathed from his synagogue, Congregation Beth Israel in Colleyville, Texas, where he was held hostage for nearly 11 hours, along with three congregants. "I am grateful that we made it out."

The world watched in shock on Saturday as yet another antisemitic incident threatened to take the lives of innocent people - their only crime praying in their synagogue.

On Sunday, the FBI named Malik Faisal Akram, a 44-year-old British citizen, as the perpetrator. Akram was shot dead by an FBI...

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