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American Al Qaeda member Adam Gadahn tells of Jewish roots in video

Adam Gadahn, a Southern California-raised man self-described as American Al Qaeda has released a new video in which he talks about his Jewish ancestry.

Gadahn, known as "Azzam the American,"  lived in Garden Grove in the 1990s after  growing up on a goat farm in rural Riverside County. The FBI said he converted to Islam as a youth, left the United States around 1998 and later was associated with senior Al Qaeda lieutenant Abu Zubaida in Pakistan and attended training camps in Afghanistan.

In the new video, obtained by CNN, Gadahn talks about his background. "Let me here tell you something about myself and my biography, in which there is a benefit and a lesson," Gadahn said.  "Your speaker has Jews in his ancestry, the last of whom was his grandfather."

Gadahn's grandfather was Dr. Carl K. Pearlman, a well-known Orange County urologist who died in 1998. Pearlman, who was Jewish, received a community-service award in 1985 from the Orange County chapter of the National Conference of Christians and Jews, which has since changed its name to the National Conference for Community and Justice, for his work in the expansion of St. Joseph Hospital in Orange.

In the video, Gadahn refers to his grandfather, saying he was "a zealous supporter of the usurper entity, and a prominent member of a number of Zionist hate organizations. ... He used to repeat to me what he claimed are the virtues of this entity and encouraged me to visit it, specifically the city of Tel Aviv, where relatives of ours live," he said.

-- Shelby Grad

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What is the point of this story? There are many Jews and Israelis who hate Israel too.

Interesting, but irrelevant. This is a traitor, and active participant in a terrorist Islamofascist jihadi group that has killed Americans and continues to kill Americans, in the name of a totalitarian fascist ideology. When caught, he should get the justice he deserves.

And the Taliban has done such wonderful things for the world... Gadahan must be so proud. All the intellectual achievements in the arts, sport, and science that Taliban has brought forth as gifts to this world.

I can't help but thing Gadahan enjoys reliving his goat herding roots. He might actually be good at something. As it is now, he's a urine stain on history.


Slow news day? The mayor or city council not up to anything?How about an interactive Mapping Potholes. That would be far more valuable than this tidbit.

3 posters that just blow off rhetoric with rhetoric. 1 doen't read the story well enough to know that Gadahn is a high member of Al Qaida, Not the Taliban. The other too just consider him "irrelevant" though Gadahn Is the 'media consultant' & translator to Al Qaida & bin Laden for American culturisms.
Yes he is a traitor. He has been charged. But to disregard him is wrong as he alwo speaks hints to the US. Demanding his headdeath, without any other option, gives al Qaida more power to keep him & use him. America years ago gave him no return ticket once it announced the charge of 'Traito' with death penalty.
I believe that the death penalty should be dropped so if by the slightest chance he is captured or has a redeemed heart, that America can learn from him. He knows what we need to know about Al Qaida.

Israel's first prime minister David Ben-Gurion proposed that Israel would be a full nation among others when it had its own criminals, fanatics, antisemites, etc. Some of the most vocal hate mongers and antisemites have been Jews.

Yes, it must be a slow day for news. We must hope the Magical One, Barack Obama, goes out for a burger and fries. Then the bloggers can post a list of condiments that the Chosen One, Barack "The Messiah" Obama, puts on his burgers.

Hire some more writers, or at least go to a middle school to pick some more up. It sounds like 7th graders can write a more intresting story then your current staff.

Are L.A. Times readers really so dense that everyone here thinks that Gadahn is an irrelevant/uninteresting story? No one cares that Bin Laden's communications director is a fat kid from Orange County who releases a video complaining about his grandfather trying to get him to go to Tel Aviv? There's a good article about him here http://www.newyorker.com/reporting/2007/01/22/070122fa_fact_khatchadourian

I wish he could remember the truth. I wish he didnt have to tell a story with his life.

Pakistani intelligence agents say they have captured an American al-Qaida operative, but they have reversed their initial assertion that he is Adam Gadahn, who is wanted in the United States on a treason charge.
They said the similarity of the name with those sometimes used by Adam Gadahn initially caused some confusion.

Uh-oh.. Not again! OPinions: http://bit.ly/adam-gadahn-compiled-details


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