Tuesday, January 18, 2022

Muslim Attacks Synagogue: Deborah Lipstadt Knocks Christians


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 A Muslim attacked a synagogue in Texas. Wikipedia summarizes the incident:

On January 15, 2022, Malik Faisal Akram, a 44-year-old British Pakistani citizen armed with a pistol, took four people hostage in the Congregation Beth Israel synagogue in Colleyville, Texas, United States, during Sabbath services. Hostage negotiations ensued, in which Akram demanded that Aafia Siddiqui, an alleged terrorist convicted of multiple felonies, be released from prison. He let one hostage go after six hours, and the remaining three hostages escaped 11 hours into the standoff. Tactical officers from the FBI Hostage Rescue Team then entered the synagogue, and Akram was fatally shot.

This incident has received relatively minor attention in American media. Had a white supremacist done what Akram did, the event would have received more attention. Had a white supremacist done what Akram did, but had that white supremacist done it to a black congregation, the event would have received saturation news coverage and would frequently be mentioned years later. 

Further, new coverage and even presidential statements have been skewed. News outlets like NPR and the Washington Post insisted on identifying Akram as a "British man," though he is clearly a jihad terrorist. President Joe Biden said he had no idea what Akram's motivations might have been. The FBI said that anti-Semitism was not involved. Wajahat Ali, a New York Times columnist, insisted that Muslims were the real victims, because America is so Islamophobic that Muslims cannot be safe in America. 

Deborah Lipstadt published a New York Times op ed commenting on the jihad attack. The New York Times identifies Lipstadt thus: "Deborah E. Lipstadt is a professor of modern Jewish history and Holocaust studies at Emory University. She has been nominated by President Biden to be the State Department special envoy to monitor and combat antisemitism abroad."

In Lipstadt's op ed, she never once uses the word "Muslim" or "Islam" even though the attacker was a Muslim with an Islamic agenda. Lipstadt writes, "In London, a phalanx of cars moved through Jewish neighborhoods chanting 'Kill Jews, rape their daughters.'" 

This misstatement is informative. "Cars" do not "chant." Who chants "Kill the Jews; rape their daughters"? Muslims. The cars were dressed with Muslim Arab flags. 

Lipstadt can't bring herself to type "Muslim" or "Islam" in an op ed about a jihad terrorist attacking a synagogue with the goal of freeing "Lady Al-Qaeda," but Lipstadt can write the following: 

We look across the street at the big church and can’t help but notice that there are no guards there. A couple of summers ago, I was in the Berkshires on a Sunday morning driving through one of those innumerable picturesque small towns. Along the way, I passed a large church, right on the main street. It dated back to Revolutionary times. Something seemed off to me. The four large entry doors were wide open. Congregants stood happily greeting people as they entered. Then I realized what was discordant. No armed guard. No security check.

Deborah Lipstadt did not identify Islam or jihad because she is dishonest and she is a coward. She insisted that Christians don't get killed because she is ignorant and insensitive. 

Deborah Lipstadt, you are not telling the truth about so many things. From Wikipedia:

The Sutherland Springs church shooting occurred on November 5, 2017, when Devin Patrick Kelley of New Braunfels, Texas perpetrated a mass shooting at the First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, Texas. Kelley killed 25 people and wounded 22 others before dying of a self-inflicted gunshot wound. The attack is the deadliest mass shooting in Texas history, and the fifth-deadliest in the United States.[2][note 1] It was the deadliest shooting in an American place of worship in modern history, surpassing the Charleston church shooting of 2015[3] and the Waddell Buddhist temple shooting of 1991 

There have been many more shootings at houses of worship in the US. A list is here.  

I was on the scene at a deadly shooting at a house of worship. A crazed man left hate pamphlets in Bloomington, Indiana driveways. His pamphlet included hatred for Christians and Jews. He shot Won-Joon Yoon just as Yoon was entering a Christian church. Unaware of any of this, I walked past the church shortly thereafter. When his family arrived I attended the funeral and met with his sister, who was a very lovely person. 

Internationally, there is an endless roll call of Muslims murdering Christians in churches. Father Jacques Hamel, an 85-year-old priest, was murdered on the altar by ISIS terrorists Adel Kermiche and Abdel Malik Petitjean. They cut his throat, as commanded by the Koran. 

On Easter Sunday, 2019, 267 people were murdered in Sri Lanka, including in attacks on three churches. 

Nigerian Christians are regularly murdered in churches by Muslims. See here

I could go on (and on and on and on) but Lipstadt and others like her would not hear me. If the horror of Christian churches being bombed on Christmas and Easter doesn't affect her, nothing I write here will. 

Jews need to educate themselves about anti-Semitism. The old canard "A 2,000 year old hatred" needs to be put to rest, for many reasons, primarily because it is inaccurate and unhelpful. 

Jews need to read the Koran. 

As for my country, whose press, FBI, and president all chose to close their eyes to Islamic Jew-Hatred, I can only shake my head. 

I despair. 

You can read Deborah Lipstadt's op ed here


  1. https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/night-without-end-jan-grabowski/1140166916 " a storm of protest and lawsuits erupted from holocaust deniers and from people who claimed the research was falsified and smeared the national character of the Polish people." The only lawsuit was a defamation case, the palintiff is already dead. I do not know any protests from holocaust deniers. Several historians have verified facts and criticized errors. I do not know any serious 'national character' protests.

  2. Holocaust education in Poland https://www.taubephilanthropies.org/sites/default/files/pdf/2021-12/Gazeta_FallWinter21-121621.pdf, pages 9 to 12.
    The main problem of the Holocaust education in Poland is the rejection of the historical context - Christian victims of Nazi German terror. The teachers do not explain - the Nazis murdered your uncle and 3 million Polish Jews. They say - the Nazis murdered the Jews. The introduction misinforms - many Jews excluded themselves from local population, either as Zionists, Orthodox believers and or by foreign (German or Russian) culture.

  3. To the person whose posts I have not posted. Please stop attempting to post material that you know will be judged anti-Semitic by readers. Thank you.


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