A memorial service for murdered journalist Steven Sotloff

Temple Beth Am, Florida remembers Jewish journalist who was both an American and Israeli citizen in memorial service.

September 6, 2014 02:33

Memorial service for slain US journalist Steven Sotloff was heldoutside at Temple Beth Am, Florida. (photo credit: REUTERS)


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A memorial service for slain Jewish American journalist Steven Sotloff was held at Pinecrest Florida's Temple Beth Am synagogue, on Friday.

Students also light candles during a vigil honoring Sotloff at the Reflection Pool on the campus of the University of Central Florida in Orlando, Florida where he was a former student.

On Thursday, Israel said it had previously prevented local media from reporting that Sotloff was also an Israeli citizen, in a bid to reduce the risk to him after he was seized by Islamist insurgents in Syria last year.

Islamic State, a militant group which has overrun large areas of Syria and Iraq, recently released a video of Sotloff being beheaded, calling the execution retaliation for US airstrikes. His Israeli dual nationality was made public after the White House authenticated the footage.

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The grandson of Holocaust survivors, Sotloff came to Israel in 2005 and studied at the Interdisciplinary Center Herzliya until 2008, later taking on Israeli citizenship and eventually becoming a contributor to The Jerusalem Report, a sister-publication to The Jerusalem Post.

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