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Texas Synagogue Hostage-Taker was Under Investigation by British MI5, Supported Pro-Palestinian and Jihadi Causes

Texas Synagogue Hostage-Taker was Under Investigation by British MI5, Supported Pro-Palestinian and Jihadi Causes

“He is a known participant in demonstrations supporting pro-Palestine agenda and Guantanamo Bay prisoner rallies and approved of Jihad.”

While the mainstream media portrays the Texas synagogue hostage-taker as a lone gunman with “mental health issues,” new reports reveal his deep ties to Islamist organizations and his leadership role in Muslim religious organizations.

On Saturday, 44-year-old British citizen Malik Faisal Akram was shot dead by a SWAT team after a 10-hour stand-off at a synagogue in Colleyville, Texas. Akram, who had traveled from Lancashire (UK), took four Jewish worshipers hostage, including the congregation’s rabbi.

“According to official sources based in London, Malik Akram was a member of the pan-Islamic Tablighi Jamaat and had travelled abroad for works related to the organisation,” the leading Indian newspaper Hindustan Times reported. Tablighi Jamaat, an Islamist group with roots in India and Pakistan, is banned in some Muslim countries, including Saudi Arabia.

“Akram also briefly served as the head of the Rondell street Islamic Centre in the London area, also known as Reza Masjid, where largely Muslims of Pakistani origin prayed,” the Indian newspaper revealed. “He is a known participant in demonstrations supporting pro-Palestine agenda and Guantanamo Bay prisoner rallies and approved of Jihad.”

He demanded the release of Aafia Siddiqui, a Pakistani national convicted by a New York court for trying to kill U.S. servicemen in Afghanistan.

In 2020, the assailant was also under investigation by the MI5, UK’s domestic counter-intelligence service, for being a potential terrorist threat to the country.

Meanwhile, the UK police have opened an investigation into Saturday’s Texas synagogue hostage-taking. Two teenagers have been arrested in Manchester in connection with the attack.

The BBC reported the arrest of the suspected Islamist duo:

Two teenagers have been arrested in England as part of the investigation into a hostage-taking incident at a synagogue in Texas on Saturday.

British citizen Malik Faisal Akram, 44, from Blackburn, was shot dead after a standoff with police in Colleyville.

Details of the ages and genders of the pair arrested in south Manchester on Sunday evening were not released.

Greater Manchester Police said it was liaising with local communities and continuing to assist in the US inquiry. The force said the two teenagers were arrested “as part of the ongoing investigation into the attack” and were being held in custody for questioning.

Akram was known for his support for jihad terrorism and his hatred of the United States. After the 9/11 terrorist attacks, he reportedly stormed a local court praising the Al Qaeda hijackers. “Malik Faisal Akram had entered the Blackburn Magistrates building the day after 9/11 raving to an usher he “wished he would have died” on one of the New York planes which collided with the Twin Towers, killing 2,996 people,” the British newspaper Evening Standard reported.

He had faced terrorism investigation at home. “The British man shot dead in the Texas synagogue siege was investigated by MI5 in late 2020,” The Times of London reported Tuesday. “Malik Faisal Akram, 44, was the subject of a “short lead investigation” for at least four weeks,” the newspaper added.

The jihadi sympathizer was soon let off the hook. “British intelligence closed the investigation, however, after officers had concluded Malik Faisal Akram from Blackburn posed no threat, and as a result he was able to freely travel to the US and purchase a gun,” British newspaper The Guardian reported.

The MI5, UK’s domestic counter-intelligence service, may have failed to alarm the U.S. authorities. The Guardian noted that “no information of concern appears to have been passed to the US authorities before the synagogue attack.”

The apparent intelligence failure highlights the pressure faced by the MI5 and British law enforcement as they deal with a rising tide of Islamism in the country. A 2017 UK intelligence analysis found that the UK was home to thousands of potential jihadis. “Intelligence officers have identified 23,000 jihadist extremists living in Britain as potential terrorist attackers,” the Times of London reported.

The British security services have prevented dozens of terrorist attacks in recent years. “A total of 31 late-stage terror plots have been foiled in the UK in the past four years,” the BBC reported in September 2021, citing the head of the MI5.

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OMG, I am
So surprised…
NOT

I don’t imagine that his support amounted to much more than Jews get all the good stuff and we don’t get anything, failing to consider the considerable IQ difference as a cause.

He was a Pro-Pasatinian and jihad supporter.

Oh! So that’s why he passed by four churches, three restaurants, two gas stations and one shopping mall before he was able to locate a Jewish Synagogue and grab some hostages.

AnAdultInDiapers | January 18, 2022 at 1:36 pm

He wasn’t “let off the hook”, he was found to have broken no laws and to pose insufficient threat to justify further resources.

Did they get that assessment wrong? Yes. But the alternative is either ludicrously expensive tracking and monitoring of a sizeable number of the population or locking up innocent people.

It distresses me that people are allowed to preach their hatred in London mosques, it angers me that people from a certain religion have raped and abused thousands of girls and I despise their superstitious nonsense.

I still can’t support locking up innocent people ‘just in case’.

    mickshrimpton in reply to AnAdultInDiapers. | January 18, 2022 at 2:05 pm

    If what I’ve read in the English press is true, then I agree with you.

    So don’t. Buy them a one-way ticket to the Muslim governed country of their choice. Problem solved.

    henrybowman in reply to AnAdultInDiapers. | January 18, 2022 at 4:44 pm

    “British intelligence closed the investigation, however, after officers had concluded Malik Faisal Akram from Blackburn posed no threat, and as a result he was able to freely travel to the US and purchase a gun,” British newspaper The Guardian reported.”

    Curious how the slimes report that he was “able to purchase a gun,” like it was all legal and aboveboard, when it was actually the same as being “able” to purchase a kilo of coke.

    Here in the USA their right to preach hatred is protected by the constitution, and considered one of the inalienable rights with which their Creator endowed them. They certainly can’t be locked up for that.

    They don’t need to be locked up but they don’t need the right to roam the world freely either. muslims need to be deported if they advocate murder, it is not needed to actually commit murder or other violent actions.

How many more like this POS enter the USA every day via the Democrat Party open border?

It seems like the FBI Director has been replaced and no one noticed. Clearly, George Costanza now runs the FBI. In one episode of Seinfeld, George is caught for having sex in the office with staff. “Are you saying that having sex in the office is forbidden? Huh! I didn’t know that. That never came up in the job interview nor in the training.”

    TargaGTS in reply to Pasadena Phil. | January 18, 2022 at 2:00 pm

    George Constanza meant well but was incompetent. That doesn’t properly describe Christopher Wray. He’s very, very good at using the most powerful law enforcement agency in the world to settle political scores. There’s nothing incompetent about him. He’s doing EXACTLY what he’s being instructed do.

    Christopher Wray was/is a LONGTIME close personal friend and law partner of….Sally Yates. And yet, someone put Wray’s name in consideration to replace James Comey. I don’t know for certain who that was, but I think it might have been Pence. Pence is good friends with Dan Coats (in fact, it was Pence who swore in Coats to his job at DNI). Where did Pence work before being made DNI? At a powerful Atlanta-headquarted law firm called King & Spalding….the same firm where Sally Yates and Christopher Wray were both partners.

      gonzotx in reply to TargaGTS. | January 18, 2022 at 3:03 pm

      Pence has always been the traitor, always
      And he put Fauci in charge, it was his panel that Trump gave him directions to form
      Always the snake inside

        Danny in reply to gonzotx. | January 19, 2022 at 1:26 pm

        I didn’t realize Pence was president during the 1980s or that he was president in the 90s, 2000s, and 2010s, he must be a magician to stay in power appointing than protecting Fauci so long. I also didn’t realize control over executive agencies rests with the VP because I always thought it was the president.

        But keep worshipping princes and pretend Pence did something bad.

      Danny in reply to TargaGTS. | January 19, 2022 at 1:24 pm

      Do you have any proof it was Pence?

      Circumstantial evidence says it was Trump circumstantial evidence including that Trump was the president of the United States, that Trump appointed a wide variety of horrible picks, but by all means worship princes and go pretend Trump isn’t to blame.

“…traveled from Lancashire (UK),…”

So, being vaccinated and wearing a mask makes him one of the good guys oblivious to FIB, and MI5. Got it.

Jihadi prospects just waltzing into country without anyone looking.
More are out there waiting to strike when radicalized enough.

I understand he was under investigation by MI-5, and he supports pro-Palestinian and pro-Jihadi causes, but what could possibly his motive for take four Jews hostage in a synagogue? It’s such a mystery. Not even the FBI or the President know. How are we supposed to know?

WE — all of us — are more criminally problematic to the Biden administration than one Islamic terrorist.

The DOJ views our thoughts as a conspiracy to overthrow the US government. On the other hand, the DOJ is mystified about the motivations of an armed Islamic terrorist who kidnaps Jewish hostages in a synagogue.

Why ascribe Muslim terrorists’/supremacists’ violent behavior and hatred of non-Muslims to the intrinsic pathologies of the ideology of “Submission” — supremacism, totalitarianism, belligerence towards non-Muslims and exhortations to violence against them — when “mental illness” can be conveniently substituted as an alleged rationale, instead? That’s the absurd and morally despicable view of the vile Dhimmi-crats’ and European Leftists’.

    Danny in reply to guyjones. | January 19, 2022 at 1:29 pm

    I barely have to edit that to turn it into a dehumanizing leftist post attacking the right.

    Go to hell you son of a bitch. We are not going to start hating millions of innocent people because guyjones is borderline klansman, or because one member of the group was radicalized.

      Arminius in reply to Danny. | January 20, 2022 at 2:53 pm

      “One member of the group was radicalized?” You’re so willfully blind you should join the FBI. About half of the 1.9 billion Muslims in the world share the same jihadist ideology as terrorist groups. Polling in Muslim majority countries proves that. As does the fact that in Pakistan all you have to do is accuse a Christian or Hindu of desecrating the Quran or insulting Muhammad and the next thing you know there’ll be a howling mob looking to tear the accused limb from limb. They just don’t all head off to join al Shabab or al Qaeda. But they support their goals because the orthodox understanding of the Quran and the hadith collections make it very clear that Muslims have to obey the commandments of both Allah and Muhammad to do those very things.

      Akram supported Jihadi terror, as do millions upon millions of other Muslims. Akram was a member of the Tablighi Jamaat (TJ). It is perhaps the largest single Muslim organization in the world with 80 million active members in 150 countries. It claims not to be a terrorist group but it’s banned in several Muslim countries as one of the “gateways to terrorism.” Because while it claims its goals are merely to “purify” Islam and reach out to Muslims to return to more orthodox Islamic beliefs and practices, those orthodox beliefs and practices are exactly in line with Salafi terrorist groups such as al Qaeda and the Taliban. They believe exactly the same thing. And since they believe the exact same things, but TJ preachers and elders try to remain apolitical, jihad recruiters from those same terrorist groups have a fairly easy time convincing members of the TJ to put those beliefs into practice. John Walker Lindh, the “American Taliban,” originally went to Pakistan with TJ preachers to further his Islamic education. Jihadist spotters from the Taliban had little trouble convincing him (enthusiastic new recruits or rededicated Muslims make easy targets) to travel on to Afghanistan and join the jihad.

      The two leaders of the 2005 London bombings, Mohammed Siddique Khan and Shahzad Tanweer, both had been members of a Tablighi mosque in their hometown of Beeston, Nottinghamshire, UK. They firmly believed in the doctrines they had been taught in the Tablighi mosque, but they grew frustrated because the elders didn’t allow members to discuss politics in the mosque. So they left and joined a jihadist-oriented prayer circle (a common recruiting tactic; separate the target from the larger congregation and bring them into smaller prayer circles). And, again, by 2005 they were blowing themselves up on the city’s public transportation system during the morning rush hour commute. I can cite example after example of Muslims recruited by terror groups through their association with the TJ. There’s simply no doubt the TJ serves as a conduit to Islamic terror groups (although they claim it’s done without their knowledge or permission, which is difficult to believe given it’s been going on since the group was formed in Pakistan in 1927) That’s just one group, but it has 80 million members. That’s more than the entire population of the UK, or France, or Spain, or Italy, and about the same number of members as the entire population of Germany.

      Your willful ignorance and the willful ignorance of your virtue-signalling fellow travelers will get us killed. This would be like fighting Japan during WWII, and have a bunch of leftists insisting it raaaaciss to study their tradition of Shinto emperor worship. Gee, we’d just have to wonder why the Japanese would rather kill themselves in suicidal banzai attacks, or direct suicide by kamikaze, rather than surrender. You’d insist there’s just no way to know, and you’d call anybody who had the answer all sorts of names so you could remain blissfully ignorant of the ideology the nation was confronting then. Just as you’re insisting we remain ignorant of the ideology we’re confronting, indeed the entire world is confronting, now.

      Or how about you become Pope? He’s another ignoramus who insists that he can’t condemn Islamic violence without also condemning “Christian” violence. I guess he’s never read either the Quran or the Bible. When Muslims commit violence they’re doing it because Allah commands them to in the Quran. Indeed, naturalized American citizen from Iran Mohammed Taheri-Azar was sentenced to 33 years in prison for multiple counts of attempted murder trying to run down students on the campus of UNC at Chapel Hill. Ignorant LEOs (again, you’d fit right in) insisted it wasn’t an Islamic terrorist attack because there was no evidence he was linked to any Islamic terrorist groups. While in prison he wrote multiple letters to the editors of several North Carolina newspapers insisting he did what he did simply because he studied the Quran. After reading it cover to cover three times he decided if he was going to be a good Muslim he needed to avenge Muslim deaths overseas. So he rented an SUV and gave it his best shot. Despite multiple letters to multiple newspapers explaining exactly why he attempted to kill students at his alma mater the ignorant LEOs (again, you’d fit right in) insisted on repeating the mantra “We may never know the motive, blah blah blah.

      But again you’d make a good Pope, too. Because since he insists on remaining blissfully ignorant he clearly hasn’t read the Quran and no doubt never will. So he can claim not to know the difference between committing crimes in direct violation of Christ’s commandments to his followers, and Muslims waging jihad because that is exactly what Allah and his prophet Muhammad command Muslims to do.

      Do us all a favor. Get counseling to get over your Stockholm Syndrome.

      Arminius in reply to Danny. | January 20, 2022 at 3:03 pm

      I forgot to address one thing. You really don’t know the difference between “hating” people and “understanding” some people’s motives and goals? You really don’t understand the difference between those two words? Evidently not, so why should we listen to somebody whose grasp of the English language is as poor as your grasp of reality. I on the other hand prefer to have a grasp of reality; I’m sick of us losing wars because we have general and flag officers who think just like you (I take it neither you nor they have read Sun Tzu, either). We have their playbook; we need to read it.

      As I pointed out, about half of the world’s 1.9 billion Muslims share the same jihadist ideology as the terrorists. That means the other half don’t. It’s important to have an accurate understanding of the size and scope of the problem. And people like you insist gaining such understanding is just wrong because for some twisted reason you think that remaining in ignorance makes you a good person or something.

      Spoiler alert: it doesn’t.

So. you can’t justify putting a disgusting praise fanboy of the 9/11 attacks on a terrorism watch list that would be shared with flight and border security in emigrating countries?

UK failed here bigtime and hopefully need to change policies as a result. They are very lucky no one was killed.

The groups he supported were not “pro-Palestinian.” If they were, they would be trying to help these people popularly referred to as “Palestinians.” Instead, the groups are simply “anti-Israel” and anti-Jew. Let’s align the nomenclature with the intent.

I still don’t understand why the shooter was killed.

After the hostages rescued themselves and escaped, why now kill the gunman? Couldn’t they have gotten some information from him? I need to explain what happened.

And for God’s sake, why did the hostages have to rescue themselves?? The FBI had 60-70 people there skilled in hostage rescue. Just when you get to the place where you don’t trust the FBI, they do yet another thing to make you more suspicious.