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Say No to a Campaign to Release a Convicted Terrorist!
Center for Security Policy
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On January 15th, a British-Pakistani Muslim named Malik Faisal Akram entered a synagogue, and held four people hostage, including Beth Israel’s rabbi. During negotiations with law enforcement, Akram made clear his goal was to seek release for notorious convicted Al Qaeda terrorist Aafia Siddiqui, who is being held in nearby FMC Carswell.
Aafia Siddiqui was convicted in federal court in 2008 for attempting to murder U.S. soldiers following an escape attempt in Afghanistan. During her arrest she was found in possession of numerous plans for terrorist attacks, including the use of “dirty bombs”, drones, and other weapons of measure destruction. She was sentenced to 86 years in federal prison and has so far served less than 20. Siddiqui personally ended her rights to appeal the conviction in 2014.
Akram appears to have been motivated by an ongoing international campaign to “Free Aafia”, strongly supported by several American Muslim organizations. While these groups claim to be motivated by human rights, they in fact share an ideological affinity with Siddiqui, based in jihadist ideology and marinated in virulent antisemitism.
These groups including The Aafia Foundation, The Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR), and the Islamic Circle of North America. All of these groups have ties to the same Islamist movement that recruited Siddiqui to jihadist violence. CAIR’s leaders have said they intend to “double down” on seeking her release.
Speak out and let your elected officials know to oppose any effort to seek early release for dangerous convicted terrorists like Aafia Siddiqui. Ask your elected officials to demand the Islamist groups seeking her release to stop their antisemitic campaign of incitement, which has already spurred at least one violent terrorist incident.
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