IDC HERZLIYA EXPRESSES ITS DEEPEST SORROW FOR THE DEATH OF STEVEN SOTLOFF, GRADUATE OF IDC HERZLIYA, WHO WAS CRUELLY AND BRUTALLY MURDERED
BY THE “ISLAMIC STATE”
IDC Herzliya expresses its deepest sorrow for the death of Steven Sotloff, who was cruelly and brutally murdered by the “Islamic State” (ISIS). Steven was kidnapped a year ago, in August 2013, near the Turkish-Syrian border, and was held hostage in Syria.
Steven, 31, was a graduate of Government studies at the Raphael Recanati International School at IDC Herzliya. Steven grew up in Florida, and before attending IDC he studied journalism at the University of Central Florida.
In his work as a freelance journalist Steven covered the Middle East, visiting countries such as Syria, Egypt, Turkey, Libya and Bahrain. His writing and articles were published in variety of places, including Time, The National Interest, Media Line and Foreign Policy.
Prof. Uriel Reichman, President and Founder of IDC Herzliya, expressed his horror at the brutal murder of Steven, and stated that “This Jihad Islamic group has by this act removed itself from the human race. The murder of Steven ignored the immunity civilized society grants even in times of war to journalists, whose goal is to protect the truth and freedom of expression.
Reichman further stated that “Terror stands against all values of freedom. We will continue to educate and fight against these phenomena, and will not abandon the values of freedom and tolerance. The murder of Steven again reminds us who it is humanity must fight against, but also teaches us the values of tolerance, humanity, the search for justice, and freedom of speech. The Daniel Pearl International Journalism Institute established at IDC Herzliya with the aim of promoting the importance of objective journalism even in areas of conflict will continue to serve as a center for free speech in journalism in the Middle East. IDC Herzliya mourns the tragic death of Steven Sotloff. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family”.