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Slain US journalist Sotloff also had Israeli citizenship

Arthur Sotloff, father of slain journalist Steven Sotloff, leaves their family home in Pinecrest, Florida September 2, 2014. (REUTERS/Andrew Innerarity)

OCCUPIED JERUSALEM: Steven Sotloff, a U.S. journalist beheaded by Islamic State militants, also held Israeli citizenship, Israel said Wednesday after apparently withholding the information in a bid to stem the risks to the captive.

"Cleared for publication: Steven Sotloff was #Israel citizen RIP," tweeted Paul Hirschson, a spokesman for the Foreign Ministry in occupied Jerusalem.

ISIS published footage of Sotloff's execution Tuesday, which it called retaliation for U.S. airstrikes. The video was authenticated by the White House Wednesday.

Sotloff's death was extensively covered by Israeli media, which identified the 31-year-old reporter as Jewish and an occasional contributor having withheld such observations since ISIS announced he could be killed two weeks ago.

"We refused to acknowledge any relationship with him in case it was dangerous for him," said Avi Hoffman, editor of the Jerusalem Report magazine, which had published Sotloff's work.

The Israeli newspaper Yedioth Ahronoth, quoting a former fellow captive, said Sotloff had kept his Judaism a secret from the Islamist insurgents, pretending he was sick when he fasted for the Yom Kippur holiday.

Israeli media reports said the U.S.-born Sotloff immigrated to Israel in 2005 and studied at the Interdisciplinary Center Herzliya, a private college near Tel Aviv.

 

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