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Because He Was a Jew

At long last, the truth about Nick Berg’s murder is emerging.

Nicholas Berg, the American who was filmed being beheaded, had been arrested by Iraqi police earlier and held on suspicion of being a spy because he had a Jewish name and an Israeli stamp in his passport, it has emerged.

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Hugo Infante, 31, a Chilean photographer said he re-met Mr Berg around April 6 when the American returned to Baghdad, two weeks after he said he was going to Mosul for two days on business. “He said: ‘They arrested me because I had a Jewish last name and an Israeli stamp in my passport.’ Then the Iraqi police put him with the US military because they thought he was a spy.

“Nick told me all this. He wasn’t mad. It was just an adventure for him. He said: ‘This shit happens. It was bad luck.’ ”

In the Arab world, any indication that someone is a Jew or has links with Israel can be potentially fatal, as Daniel Pearl, the Wall Street Journal reporter who was beheaded on video in Pakistan two years ago, found out to his cost.

What I want to know is why this has taken so long to emerge, and why it is not getting more publicity. Let’s face it – chances are that word got around that Nick was a Jew, and this led to his execution. Otherwise, it is too much of a coincidence.

I recall that 11 years ago, I had a stopover in Egypt on my way to Israel for the first time. For some reason, my flight to Israel was delayed by 6 hours, so I was stuck in Egypt for this time. The Egyptians took away my tickets and passport, and detained me in a room that resembled an interrogation chamber, along with some Arab gentlemen. I was somewhat afraid, since I was sure they knew that I was Jewish. All kinds of thoughts ran through my mind as to why they confiscated my passport and tickets.

As it turned out, I ended up being fine, and was even offered a cigarrette by one of the Arab gentlemen. But that was Egypt 11 years ago, which is different from today. These days, being a Jew in an Arab country is potentially fatal, a point reinforced by Nick’s murder.

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David Lange

A law school graduate, David Lange transitioned from work in the oil and hi-tech industries into fulltime Israel advocacy. He is a respected commentator and Middle East analyst who has often been cited by the mainstream media
Picture of David Lange

David Lange

A law school graduate, David Lange transitioned from work in the oil and hi-tech industries into fulltime Israel advocacy. He is a respected commentator and Middle East analyst who has often been cited by the mainstream media

1 thought on “Because He Was a Jew”

  1. Well you got it in one ! You are lucky nothing happened.

    The slighest provocation and you could have been whisked away .

    The whole of Iraq knew Nick was Jewish! he told everyone at the Hotel!

    His father is a left wing nut who said bush was worse than Al qaeda.

    Poor nick must have been mixed up with parents like that.

    I mean this family makes gush shALOM LOOK LIKE RIGHT WING EXTREMISTS.

    look this is a case of an Islamic ritual murder of a jew. there have been many others.

    its just that no paper will say it.

    In the end they will catch the killers and one of them will say it.

    then the press will NOT report it as was the case with daniel pearl.

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