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The rise of antisemitism in America continues

A pair of Converse basketball shoes with Hebrew and Arabic phrases meaning “Peace be unto you” written on them sit with bouquets of flowers and cards along hedges outside Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh on Nov. 20. (Gene J. Puskar/AP)

Fortunately, the outcome here could have been much worse:

The FBI and local police said at a news conference Saturday night that three hostages who were held in a Colleyville synagogue for nearly 12 hours are unharmed and the hostage-taker is dead after a hostage rescue team breached the building. Authorities said the hostage-taker was killed in a shooting but did not answer a question about whether he was shot by law enforcement or if the gunshot was self-inflicted. The man claimed to have explosives, according to statements he made on livestreamed video, but police have not commented on whether any weapons were found. Officials said the rescued hostages are being interviewed by the FBI and will be reunited with their families as soon as possible.

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