September 4, 2014, - 11:50 am

Even After Beheading, Sotloffs Still Sucking Up to ISIS: “Steven Was Martyr for allah, koran a Book of Peace;” Muslim Family Spokesman

By Debbie Schlussel

**** UPDATE: Steven Sotloff Story About Praying, Fasting on Yom Kippur is Fake, BS – Totally Debunked ****

*** SCROLL DOWN FOR UPDATE – Sotloff family says Steven Sotloff was “Martyr for allah” and that the koran is “peaceful” ***

Even after their Islamo-pandering son was brutally beheaded by Muslims, Steven Sotloff’s parents can’t stop sucking up to his ISIS murderers. Yesterday, they delivered a statement in Arabic to ISIS, addressing its leader as “the Caliph.” The man they used to deliver their statement, Barak Barfi, is a friend of Steven Sotloff’s who identifies himself as “a brother of Islam speaking in the name of Islam,” which can only mean he, too, converted to Islam like Sotloff did. What the hell kind of family does this after Muslims have beheaded their son? (Barfi, who speaks fluent Arabic and has an Israeli name, is a pan-Arabist from the far-left New America Foundation think tank but he was well known as an anti-Israel correspondent for AP and producer for ABC News.)



In the statement, the Sotloffs also said their son didn’t want to become “Lawrence of Arabia,” which is funny because that was his favorite movie, and everything they said about their son–that he wanted to help “oppressed Muslims” overthrow “tyrants” is exactly what Lawrence of Arabia set out to do, also.

The grieving family of U.S. journalist Steven Joel Sotloff, who was beheaded by the militants of the Islamic State (also known as ISIS) in a video released Tuesday, released a statement on Wednesday carefully addressing both Western and Arab media outlets. Sotloff family spokesman Barak Barfi spoke on behalf of the family — in both English and Arabic. . . .

Barfi also addressed the media in Arabic, speaking directly to Islamic State Caliph Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi. He said that as a brother of Islam, he was speaking in the name of Islam and did not agree with the Caliph’s actions.

“Where is the mercy?” he asked the Caliph.

Oh, and then they added some New Age “It Takes a Village” Hillary Clinton-style stuff:

“Today we grieve. This week we mourn. But we will emerge from this ordeal,” Barfi said. “Our village is strong. We will not allow our enemies to hold us hostage with the sole weapons they possess: fear.

Um, “our village”? What is their “village”? Miami, Florida? Pinecrest? Hillary Clinton’s “It Takes a Village to Raise Your Kids”? I’m not sure who they mean by “our enemies” since they are still kissing up to ISIS even after the group beheaded and snuffed out their son. But clearly, they were held hostage by fear, as ISIS held their son hostage for a year and the mom made stupid caliphate recognition videos. Of course they won’t be held hostage by fear. Their son is dead, so the deed is done and there is nothing left to fear. What they feared happened. That would have been a brave statement before ISIS killed their son, instead of sending a begging video (which they had to know ISIS would ignore). Now, it’s beside the point.

When people ask me how a Jewish kid could end up pandering to Muslims so much that he spent years living in Yemen, converted to Islam, and published story after story cheerleading ISIS, the Muslim Brotherhood, Al-Qaeda, and various other Islamic terrorist “rebels,” I tell those people to look at his parents. They raised him this way. The Sotloffs are leftist members of the Reform Judaism movement (as in, barely Jewish, completely ignorant, totally far-left).

And obviously, since they are still respectfully addressing ISIS leader Abu-Bakr Al-Baghdadi in his native Arabic and acknowledging him as “the Caliph,” they taught their now-dead son to respect these barbarians and their savage religion.

Well, now I know why he lost his head: it runs in the family.

*** UPDATE: Barfi, the Sotloff family spokesman, said the koran is “peaceful” and then said in Arabic that Steven Sotloff died a “martyr to allah.” The article says G-d, but if you listened to video of his statement, he says allah.

The family of Steven Sotloff, the second American journalist beheaded by Islamic State militants, said on Wednesday he was “a gentle soul”, and challenged the group’s leader to a debate on the peaceful teachings of the Muslim holy book, the Koran. . . . Barfi ended the statement with off-the-cuff remarks in Arabic, saying “Steve died a martyr for the sake of God [allah].”

Reader Duane: “Stupid: the gift that keeps on giving.”

Spot on, Duane.

50 Responses

As far as losing their heads….you can’t lose what you don’t have.

And is it me or does the mom look like the crypt keeper in a wig? Maybe all that botox poisoned her brain.

Sean M on September 4, 2014 at 11:58 am


What kind of people addresses their son’s murderer like a civilized gentleman?

Where are the feelings of anger, rage, defiance and settling scores with someone who is the definition of evil? Isn’t that what normal parents do after they’ve lost a child? Why don’t the Sotloffs’ vow to seek justice for their murdered son?

None of what Debbie described is in any normal. But hey, when Kerry says jihad and beheading people isn’t Islam’s fault, people are stripped of their normal survival mechanisms. And that goes to what Debbie has written many times before on her site and will again in the future: America Is Desperate But Not Serious. The Sotloffs are living proof of it.

Exit question: shouldn’t they be celebrating, knowing their son died in according with the wishes of Allah and His Prophet, that death is the loftiest of rewards attainable in Islam? This is exactly what their son did and what he lived and died for: to become a Muslim shahid. The videos they sent to ISIS make absolutely so sense whatsoever. That and a lot of other things about their reaction that don’t add up.

NormanF on September 4, 2014 at 12:06 pm

A family of shahids.

Why don’t they convert to Islam? After all, their son died as an Islamic martyr.

Why all the histrionics?

NormanF on September 4, 2014 at 12:08 pm

Besides what I said, the reaction of the family is the opposite of normal.

Normal people don’t show respect to the murderers of their child. They seek justice, they get even and they vow to prevent the tragedy from happening to someone else’s kids.

The Sotloffs in contrast butt-kiss Islam, genuflect towards the murderers and address Islamic savages like they’re neighbors living down the road from them. Its a sickening spectacle.

As Debbie has written, how you deal with Islam is kind of a Rorschach’s Test: not all of us turn our faces against it and try to make life safer for fellow Americans. We’re Desperate But Not Serious. And Sotloffs are not nowhere even near that after losing their son in the most brutal manner possible.

With Islam, its not a case of can’t we all get along? Rodney Kingesque and Hilary Clinton aphorisms will never get it to change. A fact of life a lot of people in denial about the true nature of Islam have yet to come to terms with.

NormanF on September 4, 2014 at 12:21 pm

I guess al-Baghdadi didn’t major in “Peace Studies” at university. Even so, the Sotloffs could have mailed him a photo of the “Coexist” bumper sticker on the back of their car. That might have convinced him!

Don Juan on September 4, 2014 at 12:34 pm

I’ve seen plenty of “coexist” bumper stickers on cars I assume are driven by idiots.

But you can be sure nothing Islam does will lead them to cease mouthing stupid mantras about it and pledging to understand the savages better.

They’re ruled not by love but by fear.

NormanF on September 4, 2014 at 12:42 pm

i just don’t understand how a parent can put the grief and love for a son, horrifically butchered, in the back seat as they commiserate with his murderers?

warped hearts and bizarre thinking.

kirche61 on September 4, 2014 at 1:02 pm

    It’s possible that the whole thing is staged, these people got paid to convert to judaism by cheap and easy Reform process and then their “son’s” “execution” was also staged for purposes of propaganda/intimidation. It’s hard to believe that someone would be so crazy and suicidal to constantly travel from america and israel right to the center of the terrorist world. The whole thing feels very artificial

    samr on September 4, 2014 at 5:14 pm


What makes the murderers so special? Keep in mind that leaving Kerry’s stupid Islamopandering aside, the US is at war with them.

NormanF on September 4, 2014 at 1:08 pm

Our responses should be like the following,

““I don’t know who you are. I don’t know what you want. If you are looking for ransom, I can tell you I don’t have money. But what I do have are a very particular set of skills; skills I have acquired over a very long career. Skills that make me a nightmare for people like you. If you let my daughter go now, that’ll be the end of it. I will not look for you, I will not pursue you. But if you don’t, I will look for you, I will find you, and I will kill you.”
– Liam Neeson in Taken,

I know Neeson is clueless about Islam in real life like these folks, but still, this should be all our attitudes. I would spend the rest of my life hunting these animals.

john on September 4, 2014 at 1:41 pm

    I loved Liam Neeson’s take in the movie. Its one of his best.

    That’s how we should deal with Islamic terrorists: take no prisoners. Hey, we did it with Bin Laden.

    NormanF on September 4, 2014 at 3:09 pm

The Bible says God is not the author of confusion. That is true. What is also true is that Satan is behind every case of HUMPS.


And what’s quite interesting by extension is that the chief purveyors of one of Satan’s biggest hoaxes, Islam, ride camels.

Erego, about the only free will choice ANYONE involved with Islam has, is . . .

one hump or two?

The rest is already decided the minute you are born, or join up, if you are that desperate and mentally ill, to actually join up with Islam.

Islam. We report, you die.

Alfredo from Puerto Rico on September 4, 2014 at 1:44 pm

    Very well said, Alfredo.

    skzion on September 4, 2014 at 1:49 pm

      The Stockholm Syndrome is also evident here.

      Given their son’s being held hostage for over a year, its not surprising a certain identification and feelings of empathy would develop for the captors.

      No wonder they’re not upset with them as we think they should be. This does happen in kidnapping situations.

      NormanF on September 4, 2014 at 2:57 pm

        Stockholm syndrome–that’s what I was thinking. Hard to figure.

        Tommy Thomas on September 4, 2014 at 5:39 pm

Thank you, sk.

My hair is blond(e),
My brains are, too,
My literary skills,
Came from my mom,
A Jew.

Alfredo from Puerto Rico on September 4, 2014 at 2:04 pm

Hmmmmmmm, Koran is peaceful, Koran is peaceful, Islam, Islam, 1-2-3, here’s where I eat, here’s where I pee.


Maybe we are misunderstanding certain things here. There are many Puerto Ricans, and of course, others, who speak with a pronounced “Spanish accent.” So, sometimes, things can get lost in translation.

For example, you hear a Puerto Rican man speaking, and you see him eating chicken. Then he says, “Ai haf two piece.” You THINK he’s saying that he has two pieces of chicken, but what he is really saying is that he needs to use the men’s room. I have to piss, but piss comes out sounding like piece, or peace.

So, maybe instead of the Koran being full of peace, which is what we are hearing, maybe they are saying the Koran is full of piss, or that basically the Koran is a fake, phony, fraudulent instruction manual for a religion which is not really a religion at all. Basically, that the Koran is full of nitrogenous waste.

And THAT, I think is something “we”* can all agree on.

*Now, if only “we” meant the whole world, instead of just the members of this web site, and a few others scattered throughout the globe.

Alfredo from Puerto Rico on September 4, 2014 at 2:43 pm

Kerry is not just an idiot – he is a traitor to Israel, in my opinion. He continually pressured Netanyahu to include Qatar & Turkey in negotiations with Hamas! Unbelievable.

I would really like to read some of Sotloff’s articles where he cheerleads ISIS, the Muslim Brotherhood, Al-Qaeda, etc. The only articles that I have been able to locate were his most recent 2 articles about the Syrian peoples suffering, this article from WaPo when he wrote about Libya and this article from the Atlantic: In reading his twitter feed, it elicits his near total dimness in having any true understanding of who IS is.

Nancy Brenner on September 4, 2014 at 2:49 pm

I don’t think Sotloff understood much about the Muslim World despite a lifetime of living there and speaking flawless Arabic. His complete identification with Islam led him to develop blind spots. When you lose your objectivity, it can prevent you from seeing the world as it really is, not as you would like it to be. No wonder he lost his head.

NormanF on September 4, 2014 at 3:01 pm

I did find this one –

Nancy Brenner on September 4, 2014 at 3:15 pm

The Muslim Brotherhood, now banned in Egypt, is the parent body of Al Qaeda, ISIS, Hamas and every Islamic terrorist group on the planet. Legitimate grievances, indeed.

Sotloff wanted to see Egyptians beheaded by his beloved Muslim Brotherhood in the name of “democracy.” I think its poetic justice he was beheaded himself and unlike the Egyptians he wanted to hand over to an Islamic terrorist dictatorship, he won’t be missed.

NormanF on September 4, 2014 at 3:23 pm

Well….in a way it’s true about the koran preaching peace. I mean, once you slice somebody’s head off, that dude gets REAL peaceful.

Sean M on September 4, 2014 at 3:36 pm

As a martyr for Allah I guess he gets the 72 virgins.

japple on September 4, 2014 at 3:53 pm

Breaking out the sweet cakes in the village tonight.

japple on September 4, 2014 at 3:54 pm

Sotloff wanted to be Islamic terrorism’s T.E Lawrence. Well for the other side, public relations wasn’t a big selling point.

Useful idiots are ultimately disposable.

NormanF on September 4, 2014 at 4:09 pm

It is Daniel Pearl all over again right down to apologetic family.

Sotloff was life support for a penis. Nothing more except traitor.

Darrell L. Hicks on September 4, 2014 at 4:12 pm

How did Sotloff end up as a Muslim? Debbie: “They [his parents] raised him this way. The Sotloffs are leftist members of the Reform Judaism movement (as in, barely Jewish, completely ignorant, totally far-left).”

There’s certainly much truth in that. Reminds of one of the bits Woody Allen used to do in his standup days, which went something like this:

“We were married by a Reform rabbi in Long Island. He was a very Reform rabbi. He was a very, very Reform rabbi. He was a very, very, very Reform rabbi. He was a Nazi.”

That’s funny because there’s truth in that too.

Unfortunately, the Jews from the far, far left are unlikely to learn anything from this latest beheading of one of their own. We can only hope that more sensible, intelligent Jews have a stronger influence over the fate of Jews generally and Israel. There are some positive developments in this area. For example, leftist US Senator Bernie Sanders, from Vermont, and who says he practices Judaism, has recently voiced support for Israel. (Similarly, a non-Jew left-leading public figure, Sen. Elizabeth Warren, has also voiced support for Israel.)

But if the Jews from the left don’t wise up politically and get behind Israel, they may one day find themselves saying “Next year in al-Qads” during the High Holy Days.

(“al-Qads” is what the Muslims and the Islamophiles call Jerusalem.)

Ralph Adamo on September 4, 2014 at 4:13 pm


    skzion on September 5, 2014 at 10:10 am

      Quds–yes, I meant that. I type quickly but not as accurately as I should.

      Ralph Adamo on September 5, 2014 at 9:00 pm

Unbelievable that the parents are unable to see the truth. From Christopher Stevens to Sotloff, how many more victims do there have to be before Obama does something and before these idiots see that these people don’t care even for those who are supporting their cause? Liberalism in the USA is really a mental illness and a cancer. Regardless of political alliance or support for Israel, Americans need to start realizing that terrorism is really real and unlike the kids that go and shoot up schools, the jihadists don’t believe that what they are doing is wrong or evil. As a matter of fact, they think they will go to heaven. These people are true sociopaths not just isolated incidents of individuals who snap and decide to kill for fun. Islamic terrorism is deeply politically motivated and thats what makes it different and more dangerous than other types of violence.

B on September 4, 2014 at 4:27 pm

These are very sick people indeed! They can’t possibly be jewish, probably went through some silly conversion procedure by Reform movement, which is very easy and cheap too. Converts with no connection to real Judaism and anti-Israel as well – usually a wretched duo.

And the whole thing with beheadings seems staged (not that they are not capable of doing it for real), could have been recorded a while ago and now used as a means of propaganda/intimidation. The victims may have volunteered for the whole thing as they were anti-west liberals. Of course if the whole thing is for real then one has to pity the families of the victims… though to anybody with minimal sanity it should not be surprising that raising your children in a sick and morbid liberal atmosphere can lead to such horrible results

samr on September 4, 2014 at 4:49 pm

As far as “preaching peace,” I refer to Bill Clinton. It depends on what the meaning of “peace” is. It means entirely different things to different people. To us it means hugging and kissing, to Islamists, it means “off with your head” if you don’t convert.

JeffT on September 4, 2014 at 5:06 pm

“the Sotloff family spokesman, said the koran is “peaceful” and then said in Arabic that Steven Sotloff died a “martyr to allah.”

Irrefutable proof that liberalism is a mental disease.

DS_ROCKS! on September 4, 2014 at 5:26 pm

I surmise the family surrounded themselves with Muslims. Their support system through this whole thing were probably Islamic panderers who told them what to say and do. So they may have continued to coach them after the beheading. Fools.

EDS on September 4, 2014 at 10:25 pm

“Guess what?”, this guy is seen at the back of a heavy gun in Syria. So was he there to use a camera or a 20 mm heavy machine gun?

There is no such thing as a moderate muslim. That is a fantasy some wish to be but it is impossible. They all drink from the same river and it is nothing but evil.

Ed Sunderland on September 4, 2014 at 11:46 pm

@ Alfredo from P.R.- Thank You for staying on topic and choosing not to disparage Blacks because its the popular thing to do. You are a quick learner, I like that.

MrBigBrain on September 5, 2014 at 12:26 am


    Uhhhhhh, okay???!!??

    I’m surprised nobody popped up to say anything about linking Puerto Ricans and chicken. Kind of like linking waterm—- . . .

    Alfredo from Puerto Rico on September 5, 2014 at 12:31 am

It is all takkyia: lying in the name of islam to help islam’s advance to the ‘future return to the past’, the 7th century barbarism.

mozlims cannot have friends outside islam….
The ‘reporter’ should have known this….

Herman on September 5, 2014 at 2:28 am

@ Alfredo from P.R.- Have you ever worked in the hot sun, been a day laborer and The heat over 100 degrees, the humidity makes you feel like your lungs are nonexistent? If so, remember when that coworker threw you that first beer, how you drank from that bottle, wrapped your lips around it and sucked the beer out? The experience was so obscene, if a parent saw you, she would have called you a twisted perv and called the police for obscenity.
Damn on a hot day,that beer was so good.

Thinking back remember when you were a teenager and you got stoned, blasted out your mind and that cotton mouth occurred? Then you came across some skittles or now & laters? That loud smacking sound could be heard for miles. So loud the cops drive by and tell you to quiet down or you’re going to get a summons for disturbing the peace, mouth so dry, that candy was like manna from Heav.

Imagine a time where there are no water hoses, no igloo thermoses,100 southern humidity, working 18-19 hr days. The officer, I mean overseer throws you some watermelon to help you hydrate because of its high water content and so you don’t drop dead, you would be ecstatic too, would you not? You would gobble it down just like that beer and skittles.

So now you and others know where the stereotype about Blacks and watermelon came from. Now you and others will know, the next time they attempt to crack a funny, it won’t be coming from ignorance or just repeating what you heard, you’ll actually know what you’re talking about.

MrBigBrain on September 5, 2014 at 8:07 am

    Big D, thank you for not staying on topic with your disquisition on hot days, watermelon, and stereotypes. I’m perfectly willing to dig up links to your nonsense if you continue. It’s on Evernote. Thanks.

    skzion on September 5, 2014 at 10:17 am

    I have personal experience with everything you mentioned, and that includes working out in the fields in the tropical sun, and what the various things I drink on breaks or at the end of the day, feel and taste like. Or painting on a 100 degree day with Rustoleum. You may be outside, but the fumes will get to you nonetheless.

    Kind of like taking a walk on a 15 degree day, and trying to hold in your pee for hours. It brings more relief than any other urinating experience when you finally get to go.

    But I digest. And watermelon, rice and beans, it’s ALL good, as long as the rice is whole grain, preferably organically grown, LOL!!!

    One of my future projects is growing watermelon on the farm. There are many who do it in PR, so if I ever make it back there, that’s on the list. Watermelon tied with guava in a survey of the most nutritionally powerful fruits in a study done three years ago. Refreshing, and chock full of nutrients.

    Alfredo from Puerto Rico on September 5, 2014 at 12:02 pm

It takes a pretty deranged family to come up with such a response to the extermination of their son.

Worry01 on September 5, 2014 at 9:21 am

Although liberals are a bit wacky perhaps their kissing up to these murderers is because they want the victims body back for burial

Mark Toiv on September 5, 2014 at 12:25 pm

I am a strong supporter of Israel. I don’t know whether or not your statements about Steven Sotloff are true. It’s strange that no newspaper (so many have an anti-Israel bias) has come out with any of this information. not only his Temple, but the conservative governor of Florida, his alma mater, etc are all proclaiming a day of mourning. If he converted to Islam and was so very pro-Muslim, why has this not been reported?
In any case, the man is dead, and his parents are grieving. I find your comments mean-spirited and petty. Who cares if his mother has had plastic surgery or botox? And what does that have to do with this story? Can’t we try to be kind and gentle while still maintaining a strong pro-Jewish and pro-Israel position?

Marcia on September 5, 2014 at 1:28 pm

    Marcia, if you were a regular here, you would not be surprised that media outlets shape the news about Islam to make it favorable to it. You haven’t challenged the specific data Debbie reports, nor her reasoning. You just complain that in disputing all the spin and lies Debbie is being mean. Instead, i say she is being just. You evidently have an issue with that.

    Sotloff and his nasty family empower Amalek (Muslims). It is hardly unfortunate that he was offed by them. The shame is with Jews who continue to lie for him–including some in Israel.

    skzion on September 5, 2014 at 1:51 pm

Something very fishy about this whole thing; that this guy learned perfect hebrew and then became fluent in arabic; Most immigrants to Israel, don’t have perfect hebrew; even those in the country for a long time; far less are also fluent in Arabic even though they live side by side with Arabs; So we are told Mr. Sotoloff accomplished both of these with a fw short years after having attended what was essentially a junior college in Florida ?
Equally preposterous was the report that he hid his religious affiliation; and then ” fasted ” on Yom Kippur; how did he know the date while in captivity ? did he observe other holidays ? eat chometz during Pessach ?
A very strange story cooked up by his apologists;

SG: Agree with everything you said, and I pointed out the Hebrew calendar issue on this site in a later entry. However, Sotloff didn’t speak perfect Hebrew. He barely knew ANY Hebrew after four years in Israel b/c he hung out mostly with Americans and was high on pot a good deal of the time. DS

shmuely gurelowitz on September 5, 2014 at 5:02 pm

His apologists are trying to rehabilitate him but the crowd he hung out with and the nature of his work don’t lie.

And even if you credit he died a Jew, it doesn’t negate his cheerleading on behalf of every Islamic terrorist group on the planet.

In Judaism, unlike in Christianity, a lifetime of sins are not washed away by contrition. There is NO evidence Steve Sotloff had second thoughts about what he did or that he would have made amends for them had he lived.

And he doesn’t strike me as the kind of guy who would have ceased to associate with Islamic terrorists and other assorted baddies. Which is now entirely beside the point cuz he is now dead and beyond caring.

What you won’t see are his apologists say for the record there would have stopped x, y, z had he been given a second chance. That tells you all you need to know.

NormanF on September 5, 2014 at 9:49 pm

They should be deported out of this country & moved to gaza. I am sick that these subhumans would still stick up for those who killed their son. They are sick people.

Janet on September 7, 2014 at 1:19 am

I think the whole family should go on vacation in Syria. Hell ill pay for it maybe they can visit the caliph. Stupid fucks

rond on September 10, 2014 at 6:58 pm

Islam and Judaism are the same religion. The one of bronze age goat herders. I salute the Sotloff family for admitting that and throwing open the racist liars like Schlussel.

Jack on October 30, 2014 at 1:14 am

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