“My father’s Jewish, my mother’s Jewish, I am a Jew.” Daniel Pearl’s final words 21 years ago, February 1, 2002.
The world has come to know Daniel Pearl as the Wall Street Journal reporter with American and Israeli citizenship who was kidnapped by Pakistani terrorists and murdered in Pakistan in 2002, just four months after 9/11.
On February 21, 2002, a videotape was released titled ‘The Slaughter of the Spy-Journalist, the Jew Daniel Pearl’. During the video, Pearl was required to say:
“My name is Daniel Pearl. I’m a Jewish American from Encino, California, USA. I come from, uh, on my father’s side the family is Zionist. My father’s Jewish, my mother’s Jewish, I am a Jew. My family follows Judaism. We’ve made numerous family visits to Israel.”
These were some of his final words before he was killed.
May his memory be a blessing.