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Monday, September 04, 2006

Al-Qaida terrorist has Jewish roots

On Saturday night/Sunday morning, I posted that I believed that the 'American al-Qaeda spokesman' Adam Yehiye Gadhan is Jewish. I can now confirm that piece of speculation:
A man who starred in a video released by al-Qaida's deputy leader Ayman al-Zawahri on Saturday, inviting Americans to convert to Islam, has been identified as Adam Yehiye Gadahn, an American with Jewish ancestry.

According to Wikipedia, he was born Adam Pearlman on September 1, 1978, the grandson of a prominent Jewish surgeon and the son of musician Phil Pearlman, who converted to Christianity and changed his named to Gadahn (apparently derived from the Biblical figure Gideon.) He grew up in Santa Ana, California, converted to Islam and, in 1995, posted an essay on the USC Web site describing his conversion. According to his parents, Gadahn moved to Pakistan in 1998, where he married an Afghani refugee.

The FBI believes he attended al-Qaida training camps in Pakistan and served as an al-Qaida translator and English spokesman.


At 1:41 AM, Blogger naftali said...

If his father "converted" to xtianity, it's all but likely he married a non-jew.No?

At 4:52 PM, Blogger Carl in Jerusalem said...

That depends whether he converted before or after he was married. My impression was that it happened after he was married.


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