February 3, 2009, - 12:04 pm

Seven Years Later, Daniel Pearl’s Father Still Doesn’t Get It

By Debbie Schlussel
Seven years ago, this week, Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl was murdered by Islamic terrorists.
His slaughter was brutal. He was beheaded, and his limbs were cut off like chicken parts. Before that, he was forced by Islamic terrorists to talk about being a Jew.
We all remember this (though the mainstream media sanitized what Islamic murderers actually did to him), and it is a tragedy. But there is at least one man who still doesn’t get it: Daniel Pearl’s father, Judea Pearl.


For some reason, Daniel Pearl’s murder has been elevated above those of 3,000 Americans murdered on 9/11, even though the 3,000 were innocent victims on American soil minding their own business. Pearl, on the other hand, was an extremely left-wing, nominal Jew whose reporting repeatedly gave exposure to and legitimization of Islamic terrorists.
Daniel Pearl was killed not minding his own business on an airplane or in an office building, but putting himself at risk chasing more Islamic terrorists to tell their story. But he was a mainstream media reporter–and for one of America’s most prestigious newspapers–so his life, in the mainstream media’s eyes, is far more important than common-folk Americans who conduct America’s commerce and raise families.
And Judea Pearl–in the seven years since his son’s death–has sought to legitimize this same legitimization and appeasement of terrorists, even if he won’t admit it.
In the years since his son’s death, Dr. Pearl has focused on “promoting cross-cultural understanding.” That is the stated purpose of the Daniel Pearl Foundation he set up.
To that end, he raises money for the Seeds of Peace camp, founded by Yasser Arafat’s favorite biographer. The whole idea of the camp is the moral equivalence of terrorism’s victims and its perpetrators. Islamic terrorists’ kids tell off Israeli leftists’ kids for several hours, and then they go canoeing or play volleyball together. Significant numbers of graduates of the Maine camp have become Islamic terrorists and homicide bombers, who kill Jews in Israel. The camp’s most famous grad, Adam Shapiro, founded ISM (International Solidarity Movement), a group which sheltered British Al-Qaeda bombers the night before they blew themselves–and many innocent victims–up at a Tel Aviv bar. (The group was also caught sheltering an Islamic Jihad terrorist.)
A Wall Street Journal reporter friend of mine was aghast, during a visit to Seeds of Peace, when he watched counselors remain silent as Palestinian Muslim campers told Jewish campers that the Holocaust never happened. The Jewish campers, since their parents are leftists and didn’t teach them anything, didn’t have a clue how to respond or even know for sure if the Muslims were wrong. The counselors told the WSJ reporter that they could not intervene because “all viewpoints are legitimate and there is no right and wrong” at Seeds of Peace.
Imagine Osama Bin Laden’s kids and kids of some of those who died on the 9/11 planes and in the towers being sent to summer camp together and being told their causes are equal–or that the terrorists’ cause is superior, and that there is no right and wrong. Raising money for this camp is just one of the many detrimental activities in which Judea Pearl has been involved, in the name of memorializing his slain son.
Would he send his grandchildren to a camp where they made arts and crafts with his son’s killers’ grandchildren, after his son’s slaughter was legitimized in a two-hour long forced dialogue?
Then, there is the series of awards Judea Pearl gives out. Emblematic of the type of recipient, father Pearl gave the Daniel Pearl Award for Courage to Kevin Sites, a Yahoo reporter who did a series of written and video reports called “In the Hot Zone.” But it might better have been called, “In the Dhimmi Zone.” Sites is a vehemently anti-Israel reporter, who frequently attacked Israel for the plight of Palestinians who’ve been living in Lebanon for decades (and the Lebanese won’t let them have the rights of citizens or live outside refugee camps). Sites work is a non-stop, one-sided attack on Israel for every malady in the Middle East. If this is Daniel Pearl Courage, who needs it?
By giving out this award, Dr. Pearl might as well have been giving aid and comfort to those of the same Islamic ideology that killed his son. In giving Sites the award, Dr. Pearl made this ignorant pronouncement telling us that “the hatred that took his son’s life . . . is not between Muslims and Westerners.”:
It’s not between Jews and non-Jews or Muslims and non-Muslims. The fault line does not go along geographical, nationality or religious lines. It goes between those who boast in killing innocent persons for the purpose of transmitting a political message, and those that are repelled by such a practice.

Um, no. It’s Islam, stupid.
But it doesn’t end there.

The Judea Pearl/ Akbar Ahmed Dog & Pony Propaganda Show

Dr. Pearl set up a series of “dialogue” forums, in which he and Islamic propagandist Akbar Ahmed, get paid big bucks (allegedly at least $10,000 each per appearance) to travel the country making speeches about how Islam isn’t extremist and that we can all get along. For an idea of how “we can all get along,” Ahmed excused honor killings when he was on Oprah, claiming they had nothing to do with Islam. Then, there is his year-long video series, “Journey Into America,” in which Dr. Ahmed whitewashed extremist Hezbollah mosque Islamic Center of America, and gushed over Sheikh Hamza Yusuf. Here’s some background on Hamza Yusuf, from my 2004 column on Cat Stevens/Yusuf Islam:

Yusuf was under [FBI] investigation [after 9/11] for this speech two days before the attacks: “This country is facing a terrible fate. … This country stands condemned. It stands condemned like Europe stood condemned because of what it did – and lest people forget that Europe suffered two world wars after conquering the Muslim lands.” Unfortunately, President Bush invited him to the White House, where he was when FBI agents knocked on his California door.
At a 1995 ISNA [Islamic Society of North America] conference, Yusuf delivered this speech: “The Jews would have us believe that God has this bias to this little small tribe in the Middle of the Sinai desert and all the rest of humanity is just rubbish. I mean that this is the basic doctrine of the Jewish religion and that’s why it is a most racist religion.”

Judea Pearl’s speaking tour partner thinks this guy is just swell.
After all of this, Judea Pearl had the nerve to write in The New Republic:

Moral relativism died with Daniel Pearl, in Karachi, on January 31, 2002.

It did? Wake up, buddy. Dude, you’re one of the top moral relativists. And you make good coin for doing it.
In today’s Wall Street Journal, Judea Pearl wrote an op-ed that is partly completely clueless and where it is in the know, completely hypocritical.
In the piece, “Daniel Pearl and the Normalization of Evil,” he claims:

Neither he, nor the millions who were shocked by his murder, could have possibly predicted that seven years later . . . this ideology of barbarism would be celebrated in European and American universities, fueling rally after rally for Hamas, Hezbollah and other heroes of “the resistance.” Or that another kidnapped young man, Israeli Gilad Shalit, would spend his 950th day of captivity with no Red Cross visitation while world leaders seriously debate whether his kidnappers [DS: HAMAS] deserve international recognition.

Huh? He is shocked–shocked!–that Muslims around the world actually do what they’ve done for centuries and what their sheikhs tell them to do at mosques and on Islamic law shows on Al-Jazeera. Many of us–myself and many, many others–warned for years of exactly these very predictable things (I’ve been writing about the dangers of Islam since I was a teenager and about my undercover exploits since 1998), while Dr. Judea Pearl was busy running around the country for the last seven years regurgitating false fantasies about dialogue with and understanding of Islam (for $10K a pop), raising money for moral equivalency summer camps for kids, and giving out award to pan-jihadist internet reporters. That he thinks these things post-9/11 (not post-Daniel Pearl), which had already happened pre-9/11, are such a shock, just shows how out of touch this guy, Judea Pearl, is.

Those around the world who mourned for Danny in 2002 genuinely hoped that Danny’s murder would be a turning point in the history of man’s inhumanity to man, and that the targeting of innocents to transmit political messages would quickly become, like slavery and human sacrifice, an embarrassing relic of a bygone era.

Dr, Pearl, you’ve been watching to many Coca-Cola commercials (“I’d like to teach the world to sing in perfect harmony . . .”) and Rodney King videos. Who the heck thought this guy’s murder was a turning point for anything positive? It was just another announcement of Islam’s evil to non-Muslims, specifically Jews and Westerners–a death knell this guy’s own father just refuses to hear.
In his column, he goes on to lament that:

The media have played a major role in handing terrorism this victory of acceptability. Qatari-based Al Jazeera television, for example, is still providing Sheikh Yusuf Al-Qaradawi hours of free air time each week to spew his hateful interpretation of the Koran, authorize suicide bombing, and call for jihad against Jews and Americans.

Guess who did one of the first, most sympathetic Western media interviews with Qaradawi, declaring this extremist a “moderate” who takes the “middle path”?
I’ll give you a hint: His name was Daniel Pearl and he reported for the Wall Street Journal. And he was the same guy who set out to meet Al-Qaeda terrorists to give their side of the story. Their side of the story, which he hadn’t planned on, was his body chopped into several parts.
In the past, Dr. Pearl also said:

Danny was the first that was abducted and targeted not for what he wrote or what he intended to write, but for what he represented in the eyes of these extremists. And then that started a trend.

No, your son’s death was not the start of a trend. It was a news-hyped blip on a long-standing trend that has gone on for centuries. He never heard of Leon Klinghoffer? Or Robert Dean Stethem? Etc. Their killers were Muslims. They were murdered for being Jewish–in Klinghoffer’s case–and American.
In the pre-death video, Daniel Pearl was specifically required to say he was a Jew and a Zionist. And his killers were Muslims.
It’s that simple. You don’t need to be a rocket scientist–or even a computer scientist, like Judea Pearl–to figure that out.
Maybe one day, he will figure it out. But I don’t share the fantasies and dreams about Dr. Pearl that he has about Islam.
Daniel Pearl’s dad asks in his WSJ piece,

When will our luminaries stop making excuses for terror?

To him, I ask:

36 Responses

As you point out, cross-culturalism is a code word for anti-americanism. It combines all the disgusting aspects of the diversity movement with anti-americanism in international politics.
Believe it or not, there is actually a cross-cultural ‘profession’ with a professional group (sic) called SIETAR (Society for Intercultural Training and Research(sic)).
These people are, for the most part, pretty stupid, and lack the intelligence to excel in a true profession such as medicine or law. They sit around telling everyone who will listen about how they are victimized, because they ‘don’t fit into’ some stereotyped cultural group. And somehow they manage to blame this on George Bush and his Republican predecessors.
They list all kinds of cross-cultural misunderstandings, most of which are the result of insults to their fragile egos (and accompanying fragile intellects), and of course all of these misunderstandings are the results of anglo-saxon, mostly male, intolerance of other cultures.
They manage to carry this into international politics. There are entries on the website promoting cross-cultural contact with Iran, and naturally it is a fault of the dominant white culture that we do not have productive cultural dialogue with Iran, Cuba, or any of the other sewer countries.
This profession (sicd) is on the march to destroy our country and its traditions. Beware of them.

c f on February 3, 2009 at 2:11 pm

To answer the question at the end, I don’t think he ever will, because he can’t. This is a textbook case of cognitive dissonance involving the public and gruesome death of a loved one.

i_am_me on February 3, 2009 at 2:30 pm

It’s truly a shame, when a father whose son was beheaded and dismembered by Islamofascist murderers doesn’t seem get it. His son was killed for only one reason, because he was Jewish. What Daniel’s father doesn’t seem to realize is, Jews world wide are being targeted for mass extermination, by any means necessary and by none other then the “religion of peace” (Islam).
What in the hell does this foolish, imbecilic, father think the Israeli/Arab conflict in the Middle East is all about?

Jackson Pearson on February 3, 2009 at 2:38 pm

Debbie, you are SOOOO right-on on this it is scary. Turn the lights on, folks! It takes guts to say–Daniel Pearl’s murder by islamic murderers is not on par with others who killed while they were minding their own business.
What Daniel did, is not unlike a person who hangs around with drug lord thugs and then ends up raped and murdered. Lesson–Don’t hop into the shark tank with sharks if you value your hide! (or your head in this case).
Debbie, your prescription for “islamic understanding” is right on–wall it off, cut it off, isolate it–keep it from spreading–ZERO tolerance. islam is as malignant cancer–it must be treated accordingly.

BB on February 3, 2009 at 2:45 pm

You hit the nail on the head. Unfortunately and just as was predicted, it looks as though our “Commander in Chief” will be the “enabler in chief” of Islamo Nazism.

i_am_me on February 3, 2009 at 3:01 pm

“When will our luminaries stop making excuses for terror?”
As we said many times, “our luminaries” will stop making excuses for terror only when they taste from that same terror they are talking about.
These “luminaries” will be responsible for the mass-murder of innocent people.
I hope the “luminaries” continue to make excuses for the terrorists because the Muslim terrorists will start by beheading them first, then we can thank the terrorists, for the first time, for ridding us of “our luminaries.”

Independent Conservative on February 3, 2009 at 3:04 pm

When I first herd about Daniel Pearl my instinct was to ask “What the hell was a Jew doing in Pakistan searching for Muslim fanatics (a redundancy if ever there was one)? A Jew with brains would no more mingle with jihadists then a Jew with brains would mingle with members of the S.S. Totenkopf Division circa 1943. The more I heard about his Caribbean-French wife – the less I liked her.

Ripper on February 3, 2009 at 3:08 pm

Great article – you hit it out of the park.
I wonder why Yusuf Islam is working with Jesse Dylan, on his
new video “Boots and Sand”. Jesse is Jewish.

ruby on February 3, 2009 at 3:31 pm

Islamo-Nazis don’t need classical music either, they need to be dead. Liberalism is a plague on humanity.
Great piece Debbie, thanks.

Word-Drum on February 3, 2009 at 3:35 pm

As we said many time also, and thanks to September 11, 2001, the TRUE America was revealed:
America is a nation of COWARDS.

Independent Conservative on February 3, 2009 at 3:41 pm

Great article Deb & spot on.
This story is Exhibit A as an example of Darwin’s Law,it clearly demonstrates why we do not want America’s gene pool further diluted from fools such as them.

billybob on February 3, 2009 at 4:04 pm

For a different take on the possible reason why Daniel Pearl was murderd, read the following article:

ramjordan on February 3, 2009 at 4:29 pm

Once again you’ve hit the nail on the head. Very eye opening on all accounts. I had not known that Pearl was such a libtard and it appears the acorn doesn’t fall too far from the tree. Lots of bad people out there. So many they form idiot groups and alliances that SEEM to out number regular sane people. Thank G-d they don’t. Yet.

samurai on February 3, 2009 at 5:59 pm

Don’t ever underestimate the power of the defense mechanism called “identification with the agressor”. Also known as “Stockholm Syndrome”.
I feel bad for the Pearls but why don’t they seek professional help?
And Debbie is correct–Danny Pearl had the grandiose idea that HE could reason with these barbarians and made some stupid, dangerous choices.
Jews are their own worst enemies.

lexi on February 3, 2009 at 6:00 pm

Debbie is correct: Danny Pearl had the grandiose idea that HE could get somewhere with these barbarians and made stupid decisions that led to his gruesome torture and murder.
Judah Pearl is suffering from Stockholm Syndrome or “identification with the agressor”. The man needs psychiatric help.
Ramjordan: Danny Pearl was murdered because he put himself in the wrong place at the wrong time.

lexi on February 3, 2009 at 6:06 pm

Debbie, could this be an excellent example of
“Stockholm Syndrome”. What would the Psychiatrists say?

jozef on February 3, 2009 at 7:26 pm

Pearl’s Father is such a FAR GONE LEFTY that he DOESN’T REALIZE it was HIM that BRAINWASHED his son with the COGNITIVGE DISSONANCE that caused him to be BUTCHERED!

CHOI on February 3, 2009 at 9:07 pm


samurai on February 3, 2009 at 9:18 pm

In the context of what I wrote, not yours, I call America a nation of cowards.
Read what I wrote, and follow the link that I posted to my other comment and you will understand. That’s why I posted it here.
Don’t follow your imagination.
Again, here it is:

Independent Conservative on February 3, 2009 at 9:59 pm

Great article. Unbelievable a father could look the other way after his son was treated worse than an animal. Denial, it is an ugly word.

californiascreaming on February 3, 2009 at 10:48 pm

Liberals almost never get it. It is a mental
disorder from which few recover. I saw it for decades in their appeasement of Communism. I
gave up using logic in this area long ago.
But I must admit that I never expected Jews
to shill for Islamo Fascists.

Hawkins on February 3, 2009 at 11:31 pm

What’s most nauseating “CALIFORNIASCREAMING”, is that Pearl’s Father’s Left-Wing Dissonance is what OVERIDES everything else.
To him ,his son’s SLAUGHTER was “UNDERSTANDABLE” and was of SERVICE to the JIHAD.

CHOI on February 4, 2009 at 1:27 am

Magnificent article Debbie. You are completely right. I made add, it is such a shame that a father would use his son’s blood to benefit a barbaric “cause”.

Daniel on February 4, 2009 at 1:42 am

Cross-posted from my Carl Matzav post:
Yep. Judea Pearl and his son Danny and the entire leftist moral equivalence nonsense they helped to propagate is why the West is morally adrift and wherefore its leaders like Dhimmi Carter endorse terrorists and see nothing wrong with the enormous crimes they’ve perpetrated. And who keep apologizing for and making excuses for the death cult behind them they refuse to put a name to – Islam. Pearl and Islamist-pandering ilk are shocked at the “normalization of evil?” Puhleeaze, they can spare me the hypocrisy and self-righteous horror. They wouldn’t know evil when it killed their own children. Perhaps someday, they’ll figure it all out.

NormanF on February 4, 2009 at 4:47 am

If Islam is really the religion of peace – you should expect it to denounce jihad and not disseminate Jew-hatred. The facts belie the myth. They want every Jew dead and the rest of the world are either going to be good Muslims or their slaves.
When are people going to wake up? In Obama’s America, they’ve all fallen asleep!

NormanF on February 4, 2009 at 4:51 am

Pearl’s crazy wife is even more of a leftard then the dad. She blamed the west for his death indirectly.

Juggler on February 4, 2009 at 5:05 am

You make a powerful argument. I really didn’t know about Daniel Pearl’s father’s speaking engagements nor Daniel Pearl’s investigative work.
Perhaps the grief of losing a child forces a parent search for answers. Certainly, your outlook as an outsider is blatantly correct, but I’m not sure I would expect Judea Pearl to be big advocate on the “War on Terror” (no longer an administration strategy).
OTOH, deaths incurred on the loved ones of famous terrorists only harden the parent further.
In the end I agree with you, and I agreed with Bush, Middle Eastern terrorism must be confronted, not “understood”.

joe on February 4, 2009 at 8:29 am

Sorry for the typos :o(

joe on February 4, 2009 at 8:30 am

I read`the WSJ online article on this but it seems they neglected to mention some of the things that you brought out. Yes, his death was tragic but no more so than any other lost to this cult of evil, death and destruction. Thanks for bringing this up.
Bob A.

Bob A. on February 4, 2009 at 9:25 am

I didn’t imagine your statement that we are a country of cowards. Either rephrase your statement or accept the criticism that is sure to come your way. Context not withstanding. Much of our leadership are cowards but that’s as far as I’ll go.

samurai on February 4, 2009 at 11:09 am

That’s what we have Debbie for – to do the homework the MSM won’t. I admit I knew nothing about Judea Pearl until Debbie posted this this background info. If you’re looking for that kind of stuff from him or from the MSM – don’t. You won’t get real journalism – its a dying industry. Its up to bloggers to get the facts out that the liberal media don’t want people to know.
Keep up the good work, Debbie!

NormanF on February 4, 2009 at 1:22 pm

Just wish to say thanks for your wonderful site.
I hope America wakes up soon or we will be in the same mess as the UK, the Netherlands, France and all the other western societies, that are being overrun by these barbarians. Using our own laws and freedoms against us, because of some sort of false offended pride. I get offended that that their offended by my freedoms. We created the United States to get away from religious tyranny, and a lack of freedoms, and the powers that be are giving it back, either by design or by sheer stupidity.
If they don’t slam the immigration doors shut, on these people, there will be a whole lot of bloodshed.
It will be just like Nazi Germany all over again. And it will occur in one western society after another, driving that religion either out of existence or back to the hellish place it came from.

08hayabusa on February 4, 2009 at 8:29 pm

Hi Debbie,
I’m so glad you put this up. Every word is true: these liberal kumbayah types play the fiddle while they march us in the gas-chambers and in the ovens. I saw this puff-piece and I rejected it out of hand. You ripped it to shreds, good on you, Debbie!
That Pearlie-boy was an appeaser of the worst kind, and his father needs a shoe in the ass for assisting Muhammedan appeasement propaganda.
But wasn’t that the same (or worse) in the case of Nick Berg?

sheik yer'mami on February 5, 2009 at 5:15 am

I kind of feel sorry for him-it must feel horrible to have your son die like that, and I think he just wants some meaning to come out of. I do not know whether he is right or wrong, but I can get why he does it.

mindy1 on February 5, 2009 at 3:54 pm

This really bugs me Debbie. It’s just as stupid as the one Jewish reporter for, I forgot, when she interviewed Brigitte Gabriel and introduced her as an Islamophobe. Or George Soros who supports all kinds of unethical agendas like same sex and abortion and has no problem with a Palestinian state alongside Israel. I couldn’t stand him and I didn’t even no that he was Jewish till Tovia Singer mentioned it on his radio show. No different with the left leaning crowd of Peace Now. As a Gentile both, Jew and non Jew drive me nuts with that kind of nonsense. But I don’t know if I would be Jewish. What would enrage me more. As a Jew I wouldn’t expect anything from the world. It has always dispised and persecuted the Jew. But just like in the days of the Underground when boys literally gave their lives for the love of the people and the land of Israel and many of their own were only too ready to report them to the British only to have them interrogated, tortured and killed. My heart broke when I saw families being thrown out of their homes in Gaza and when skulls gut smashed at Amona. I sat in utter disbelieve at my computer watching the scenes over and over again. This I would expect to have happened in Nazi Germany or during any of the progroms no matter where in the world. And I could even understand, no matter how morally wrong that some Jews cooperated with the Nazis only to save their own lives. There was a funny anecdote in Ezra Yakhin’s book Elnakam. When Ezra was member of the Underground like Stern, Lehi and others, one day a kid who knew him told him that he will eventually end up with a bullet in his belly and he would deserve it. When Ezra met the same person years later he reminded him of that statement only to find out that in the war of indipendence that kid caught a bullet from an Arab in his belly.

Andy on February 5, 2009 at 9:29 pm

I think he should double date with Cindy Sheehan!

SHARIASUCKS on August 10, 2010 at 12:42 pm

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