Daniel Pearl z”l (Oct. 10, 1963 – Feb. 1, 2002), a journalist for The Wall Street Journal, was kidnapped and later beheaded by Islamic terrorists in Pakistan. (To add to the tragedy, his son and only child was born four months after his death.) A proud Jew to the end, Pearl’s last words, spoken right before his captors brutally executed him, unhesitatingly proclaimed his Jewish identity. A Pakistani court recently ordered the release of four men convicted of his murder.
Quote: “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’m Jewish. My family follows Judaism. We’ve made numerous family visits to Israel.”
— Daniel Pearl’s final words before he was decapitated
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