WASHINGTON — Don’t bring it up. If it comes up, change the subject. If you can’t change the subject, consider an outright denial.
Those are some of the strategies used by Jewish reporters working in the Arab and Muslim Middle East to conceal their religious heritage.
The dangers facing Jewish journalists in the region became evident last week after the beheading of a dual American-Israeli citizen, Steven Sotloff, by the jihadist group Islamic State, or ISIS.
It’s not known whether ISIS was aware that Sotloff was Jewish. Colleagues believe his kidnapping by ISIS-affiliated terrorists in 2013 in Syria was one of opportunity and not a deliberate targeting.