(PresidentialInsider.com)- Over the weekend, an Islamic terrorist, who somehow managed to enter the United States from the UK, held people hostage at a Texas synagogue demanding the release of an imprisoned al Qaeda terrorist before he was killed by law enforcement.
On Sunday, a Muslim professor from Duke University responded to the news by calling on his fellow Muslims to confront the growing anti-Semitism in the Muslim community.
In a thread on Twitter, Abdullah Antepli, a professor of the Practice of Interfaith Relations at Duke Divinity School, tweeted that Muslims have a “moral call for action” to address their Jew-hatred. In his thread, Antepli made a cryptic reference to a previous anti-Semitic remark made by Congresswoman Ilhan Omar in a tweet several years ago, though he did not call her out by name.
He wrote that North American Muslims have to have “tough conversations” about the “…polite Zionists are our enemies…” “…The Benjamins!!!…” voices in their community, arguing that Muslims shouldn’t deny, dismiss, or trivialize the issue.
British Muslim Malik Faisal Akram entered the Congregation Beth Israel synagogue in Colleyville, Texas during Sabbath services on Saturday, taking the rabbi and three others hostage. Allegedly armed with explosives, Akram demanded the release of convicted terrorist Aafia Siddiqu, known as Lady al Qaeda.
The 11-hour standoff ended when an FBI Hostage Rescue Team stormed the building, killing Akram. None of the hostages was harmed.
In his tweet, Professor Antepli said he was sick and tired of the “defensiveness and tribal nature” of the Muslim community’s reaction to the problem of anti-Semitism, saying Muslims should be better than that.
A more pressing problem, however, is how this terrorist managed to enter the US in the first place.
On Tuesday, White House press secretary Jen Psaki said Akram was not on the US terrorist no-fly list. However, he was on the MI5 security service’s watch list as a potential terrorist in 2020 and was investigated. Since the investigation yielded no findings that Akram posed an imminent threat, British authorities never shared his details with the US.
Psaki told reporters that Akram was checked against the US government’s databases multiple times before entering the US, but the government had nothing on him.