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Josh Fattal Says Iranian Captors Knew He Was Jewish

By: JTA

Josh Fattal, an American hiker freed by Iran in September 2011 after two years in captivity, said the Iranians knew he was Jewish even though it was never explicitly stated.

“I was so scared in those first months about being a Jew with an Israeli father, but at a certain point I embraced it,” Fattal told the Philadelphia Jewish Exponent. “They know already. If they are going to do something to me for my heritage, then they will — but I am not going to change myself. I am not going to hide who I am.”

Fattal’s father, Jacob, emigrated from Iraq to Israel in 1951, and after serving in the Israeli army moved to the United States. Jacob Fattal’s siblings still live in Israel.

JTA had refrained from reporting on his capture until his release for fear of connecting him to something Jewish during his captivity in Iran.

Fattal is now a doctoral candidate in history at New York University and has a 7-month-old son.

He and his friend Shane Bauer, as well as Bauer’s girlfriend, Sarah Shourd, were arrested in 2009 as they were hiking near the unmarked border between Iran and Iraq. Iran said they crossed into Iranian territory.

The three were held and not allowed contact with the outside world, and were denied access to a lawyer. They were not charged officially for months and then were convicted of spying following a show trial. Shourd was released a year before the two men.

Fattal told the Jewish Exponent that in the early days of his captivity, he thought often about Daniel Pearl, the Jewish Wall Street Journal reporter killed by Islamic extremists in Pakistan in 2002.

Fattal’s Iranian interrogators learned the truth of Judaism within a few weeks, but he said he was never treated differently than Bauer and Shourd, neither of whom is Jewish.

He said he tried to observe some Jewish traditions while in solitary confinement for 100 days, but returned to his secular lifestyle once he was reunited in a cell with Bauer.

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6 Responses to “Josh Fattal Says Iranian Captors Knew He Was Jewish”

  1. Dita Gould says:

    It's a shame that we have to be more careful than anyone else

  2. Anonymous says:

    Further proving that the anti-Iranian hatred and insinuations is just more blood libel. Iranian Jews who left Iran in the early fifties, it has been proven, they were victims of false flag attacks by israel. Then when they got to israel, iranian Jews were treated like garbage like all Arab Jews (true Jews) are today.

  3. Ron Kall says:

    Josh Fattal is anti Israel and pro arab self hating Jew who loves the arabs so much he was traveling in their countries. The Iranians love Jews like him! That is why he is alive today and states he can't wait to teach his child about the arab world!

  4. Ron Kall says:

    Josh Fattal is anti Israel and pro arab self hating Jew who loves the arabs so much he was traveling in their countries. The Iranians love Jews like him! That is why he is alive today and states he can't wait to teach his child about the arab world!

  5. Ron Kall says:

    Yo Yo rateratewo, further proving that you are an idiot!! Attacking Israel shows you are brain dead and or brainwashed! The only hope for the world is , since the arab/muslim is so good at killing each other, they will succeed at it!! If you took an overdose, you would be a hero to the rest of the rational world! For sure!

  6. Anonymous says:

    I love Josh Fattal, he is totally my type of sweet and cosmopolitan guy.

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