Journalist Steven Sotloff Was a U.S.-Israeli Citizen, Hid Jewish Faith from ISIS Captors

Steven Sotloff, executed by ISIS terrorists, was both an American and an Israeli citizen. (PHOTO CREDIT: SITE)
Steven Sotloff, executed by ISIS terrorists, was both an American and an Israeli citizen. (PHOTO CREDIT: SITE)

When ISIS terrorists mercilessly executed Steven Sotloff, America wasn’t the only country that lost a citizen.

Israel did, too.

The 31-year-old U.S.-Israeli dual citizen hid his Jewish faith — and his nationality — from his ISIS kidnappers for the year he spent in captivity. He prayed secretly, fasted on Jewish holidays by faking illness and never once mentioned that he moved to Israel in 2008.

Israeli media hid his ties to the country, too, out of fear the Islamic State could persecute him based on his religion, the Guardian explained.

On Tuesday, the terrorist group released footage of a masked militant beheading the Miami native. The freelance reporter, who wrote for Time and Foreign Policy magazines, was kidnapped last summer.

Sotloff also worked for a handful of Israeli media outlets, including Jerusalem Report and the Jerusalem Post.

“We refused to acknowledge any relationship with him in case it was dangerous for him,” said Avi Hoffman, editor of the Jerusalem Report. All of Sotloff’s presence online was stripped of any references to Judaism and Israel to protect him.

Sotloff went missing in August 2013 while working in Syria on assignment. The ISIS terrorists held him with other hostages from Europe and the U.S.

Sotloff carefully calculated his time in the militants’ hands, a former captive who was kidnapped with the journalist told Israel’s Yedioth Aharonoth.

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SOURCE: NY Daily News
Meg Wagner

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