September 03, 2014
Dear ISIS (ISIL/IS): Steven Sotloff Was Israeli
Israeli media gag order was lifted today and notes Mr Sotloff made aliyah (immigrated) to Israel in 2005.
American journalist Steven Sotloff, who was brutally beheaded by the Islamic State (IS) terrorist group, took great risks to keep his Jewish faith in captivity, a former fellow-captive of the murdered journalist told Yediot Aharonoth.Yeah bitches, you blew it and he won!
However, it turns out that Sotloff was in fact Israeli.
A media gag order on the issue was released on Wednesday, allowing publication of the fact that Sotloff made aliyah (immigration) to Israel in 2005 by himself, and studied at the Interdisciplinary Center (IDC) Herzliya.[...]
Heroically maintaining Judaism under captivity
Sotloff reportedly made sure to fast in secret during Yom Kippur and even prayed in the direction of Jerusalem, as is customary in Jewish prayers, despite the risk he faced if his Islamist captors ever found out he was Jewish.
One of Sotloff's fellow captives, who was subsequently released, told the paper that he feigned illness in order to escape his captors' suspicions.
"He told them he was ill and didn't want to eat, even though they brought us eggs that day," the witness told Yediot Aharonoth, "It looked like he was praying in a hidden way towards Jerusalem. He noted what way the Muslims were praying in and changed his direction slightly."[ More]
Some people are commenting (His family is not pleased with Obama) that Mr Sotloff was beheaded on the same day Mr Foley was. Wrong! In the Foley beheading video Mr Sotloff was pretty much clean shaven including his hair. In the Sotloff beheading video his beard was starting to show as well as the hair on his head growing back.
Tip of the hat to @El_Grillo
I would like to remember Steven Sotloff this way:
Long time Jawa readers will recognize the "Death to all Juice" meme.
RP Steven Sotloff.
Update: Apparently he was a grandson of Holocaust survivors who immigrated to Florida.