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Friday, September 05, 2014

As he's called a 'terrorist sympathizer,' Stephen Sotloff's mother talks about his connection to Israel

The mother of Stephen Sotloff HY"D (May God Avenge his blood) has spoken to Israel's Yedioth Aharonoth daily about her son's connection to Israel.
"The first time Steven visited Israel he immediately fell in love with it," Shirley told those coming to comfort the bereaved family, according to Yedioth Aharonoth.
Sotloff was an Israeli citizen, having made aliyah (immigration) to the Jewish state in 2005, where he studied at the Interdisciplinary Center (IDC) Herzliya until 2008.
According to his mother, who is herself the daughter of a Holocaust survivor, Sotloff first traveled to Israel on the Taglit-Birthright Israel program and was enchanted by what he saw.
On Friday the family is to hold a memorial ceremony for him at the Beit Am synagogue in Miami, where Sotloff studied as a child and where his mother taught, and then sit shiva, the traditional seven-day period of intense mourning.
The grieving mother added "our Steven was not a man of war. He always looked for the human things; he always told us that his goal was to show the world what really is happening in the daily lives of citizens in Syria during the war."
Sotloff's family has asked for privacy during their mourning; on Wednesday a family friend Barak Barfi spoke to media representatives on their behalf, saying Sotloff was "pulled by the Arab world” to “tell the stories of those who didn't have anyone else to tell them.”
Yid with Lid reports that a number of people have attacked Sotloff as a 'terrorist sympathizer.' Yid with Lid refutes those claims here.

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At 10:37 PM, Blogger FrenchKiss said...

Debbie Schlussel is the one ruining his reputation and dragging his family through the mud. For an Orthodox Jew, she sure knows how to practice Lashon Hora. It's despicable.

At 2:05 AM, Blogger juniperinthedesert said...

I was going to mention the Debbie Schlussel article. So far, no one has come out against the statement he converted to islam and lived the last part of his life, for many years, in Yemen, but not part of the Yemeni Jewish community. There is a picture of him here, all dressed up like the muslim savage on the Mavi Marmara:

At 10:18 PM, Blogger FrenchKiss said...

Yes, someone has come out against the statement. See Jeff Dunetz. Actually, he never really converted, and its a lie to say he did. But that's not beyond Schlussel to do in her goal to disparage a dead man.


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