News Brief 9/27/2011, Elul 28, 5771
Father of US Hiker Freed from Iran Is Jewish, Ex-Israeli
The father of one of the American hikers freed from Iran is Jewish and once lived in Israel, where the hiker also visited. The facts were kept secret for his safety.
The Philadelphia Jewish Exponent said it knew of the Jewish identity of Josh Fattal's father Jacob but did not publish the facts in order to safeguard his life. Under Jewish law, a child is Jewish only if his mother also is Jewish.