ISIS Internet Forum Debates Fate of Gil Rosenberg

In a grisly debate on an ISIS-affiliated forum, users call for execution or prisoner swap with Israel. Rosenberg's status remains unknown.

Dalit Halevy, Cynthia Blank,

Gill Rosenberg
Gill Rosenberg
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The status of Gill Rosenberg, a dual Canadian-Israeli citizen who volunteered to join the Kurdish militia, and was reportedly stationed in Kobani, Syria, remains unknown. 

Reports surfaced on jihadist websites Sunday, that ISIS had captured Rosenberg, 31, a former IDF soldier who immigrated to Israel in 2006. She had traveled to Iraq to fight with the Kurds in early November. 

But sources in the Kurdish underground in Syria denied Sunday night that Rosenberg had been in the Kobani region, as claimed by the websites. 

An American who is fighting in the ranks of the Kurds also told Voice of Israel that Rosenberg was not in the Kobani region. “She was never in Kobani, that's not reasonable that she was captured,” he said.

And no official confirmation from either Israel or Canada has been issued to verify reports that Rosenberg was captured by Islamic State terrorists. 

Yet speculation continues about the whereabouts of Rosenberg, and in an internet forum affiliated with Islamic State, many commenters are already gruesomely debating what ISIS should do with its Israeli prisoner. 

The first report - written by well-known forum member, who styles himself as an ISIS reporter and has previously posted many battlefield updates - stated that ISIS abducted Rosenberg, a "female Zionist soldier", after carrying out three suicide attacks on rebel-held positions. 

Forum opinions are now divided as to what Islamic State's next step should be. Some call for the terrorist organization to execute Rosenberg, in their traditional beheading manner, because she is both a female fighter and Jewish.

Moreover, they accuse her of degrading Islam by stamping her feet on an Islamic State banner.  

Others call for ISIS to consider a prisoner exchange with Israel. In exchange for the return of Rosenberg, the Israelis will be expected to release Palestinian prisoners from Israeli jails. 

One forum participant argued back that an exchange deal with Israel would be problematic for ISIS's image, and therefore it would be better for ISIS to just kill her. 




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