IT’S OFFICIAL: ‘Al-Qaeda’ spokesman Adam Gadahn (a.k.a. Pearlman) is scion of Jewish ADL
Even the (Jewish-run) mainstream media now admits that ‘Adam Ghadan’ — an ‘Al-Qaeda’ spokesman known for making absurd calls-to-arms against ‘infidels’ and ‘Zio-Crusaders’ — is, in fact, the grandson of a prominent board member of the Jewish Anti-Defamation League:
The Los Angeles Times: ‘Gadahn’s grandfather was Dr. Carl K. Pearlman, a well-known Orange County urologist who died in 1998.’
Haaretz: ‘Gadahn’s grandfather was well-known urologist Carl Pearlman, an active member of the Jewish community in Orange County California.’
The Orange County Register (2006): Carl Pearlman’s activism included ‘serving as the first local chairman of the Bonds for Israel campaign and then as chairman of the United Jewish Welfare Fund. He was on the board of the Anti-Defamation League (ADL)…’
For the complete text of these articles (along with one from CNN that neglects to mention the name ‘Pearlman’ once), READ MORE.
American Al-Qaeda member Adam Gadahn tells of Jewish roots in video
The Los Angeles Times
June 14, 2009
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.
The above article can be found at: http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/lanow/2009/06/american-al-qaeda-adam-gadahn-talks-about-jewish-southern-california-roots-in-new-video.html
American Al-Qaida member acknowledges his Jewish roots
June 14, 2009
An American Al-Qaida member has for the first time acknowledged his Jewish ancestry, in an official video message released over the weekend by the international terrorist network.
Adam Yahiye Gadahn — who also goes by the name Azzam the American — declared his roots in a video which surfaced on Saturday, using the opportunity to urge Muslims to use “our weapons, funds and Jihad against the Jews and their allies everywhere.”
“Let me here tell you something about myself and my biography, in which there is a benefit and a lesson,” Gadahn says in the video, speaking in Arabic with English subtitles. “Your speaker has Jews in his ancestry, the last of whom was his grandfather.”
Gadahn, 30, was raised in rural California and converted to Islam in the mid-1990s, when he moved to Pakistan and joined Al-Qaida. In 2006, the United States has charged him with treason and with providing material support to Al-Qaida. The FBI has placed him on its most wanted list and is offering a $1 million reward for his capture.
In the video, Gadahn describes his grandfather as a “Zionist” and “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 [Israel], specifically the city of Tel Aviv, where relatives of ours live.”
Gadahn’s grandfather was well-known urologist Carl Pearlman, an active member of the Jewish community in Orange County California.
Gadahn says that despite his grandfather’s attempt to impart the ideology, he could never embrace “the Jews’ rape of Muslim Palestine.”
How can a person with an ounce of self-respect possibly stand in the ranks of criminals and killers who have no morals, no mercy, no humanity and indeed, no honor?” Gadahn says of Zionism. “Isn’t it shameful enough for a person to carry the citizenship of America, the symbol of oppression and tyranny and advocate of terror in the world?”
Although Gadahn’s Jewish roots have been reported before in the media, terrorism analyst Laura Mansfield told CNN that this was the first official acknowledgement. According to Mansfield, the video was probably taped in spring, prior to U.S. President Barack Obama’s address to the Muslim world in Cairo
The above article can be found at: http://www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/1092707.html
Here’s another article on the same subject by CNN, which, while neglecting to mention the name ‘Pearlman’ once, provides what now unfortunately passes for ‘analysis’:
American al-Qaeda member acknowledges Jewish ancestry
June 13, 2009
In a new anti-Israel, anti-U.S. video, an American al Qaeda member makes reference to his Jewish ancestry for the first time in an official al-Qaeda message.
In the video, Adam Yahiye Gadahn, also known as Azzam the American, discusses his roots as he castigates U.S. policies and deplores Israel’s offensive in Gaza that started in late December 2008 and continued into January. [This is an obvious device aimed at associating sympathy for the besieged Palestinians with the evil ‘Al-Qaeda,’ perpetrators of the heinous 9/11 attacks, in the bemused mind of the average American — 800]
“Let me here tell you something about myself and my biography, in which there is a benefit and a lesson,” Gadahn says, as he elicits support from his fellow Muslims for “our weapons, funds and Jihad against the Jews and their allies everywhere.”
“Your speaker has Jews in his ancestry, the last of whom was his grandfather,” he says.
Growing up in rural California, Gadahn embraced Islam in the mid-1990s, moved to Pakistan and has appeared in al Qaeda videos before.
He was indicted in the United States in 2006 on charges of treason and material support to al-Qaeda, according to the FBI. Gadahn is on the FBI’s Most Wanted List, with a reward of up to $1 million leading to his capture. FBI records show Gadahn’s date of birth as September 1, 1978.
The video — in which Gadahn speaks Arabic, with English subtitles — surfaced on Saturday. This account is based on an English transcript provided by As-Sahab Media, the media production company used by al Qaeda.
Gadahn’s Jewish ancestry has been reported in the news media. But terrorism analyst Laura Mansfield says it is the first time Gadahn acknowledged his Jewish ancestry in an official al Qaeda message.
Gadahn says his grandfather was a “Zionist” and “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,” says Gadahn, referring to Israel.
He says his grandfather gave him a book by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called “A Place Among the Nations” — in which the “rabid Zionist” sets out “feeble arguments and unmasked lies to justify the Jews’ rape of Muslim Palestine.”
But Gadahn says that despite his youth at the time, he didn’t heed his grandfather’s words.
“How can a person with an ounce of self-respect possibly stand in the ranks of criminals and killers who have no morals, no mercy, no humanity and indeed, no honor?” he says in reference to Zionists and Israel.
“Isn’t it shameful enough for a person to carry the citizenship of America, the symbol of oppression and tyranny and advocate of terror in the world?”
Mansfield thinks the video may have been made between late April and mid-May, before President Obama’s speech in Cairo, Egypt, addressing U.S. relations with Muslims.
Gadahn notes Obama’s inauguration, Netanyahu’s election in February, and Obama’s speech in Turkey in April.
Specifically mentioning the Gaza offensive and citing other hot spots such as Iraq, Afghanistan, Chechnya and Somalia, where the “Zio-Crusader alliance” is fighting his “brothers,” he says “this open-faced aggression” comes as Obama has risen to power. [By stressing the notion of a ‘Zio-Crusader alliance,’ Gadahn — in actuality a Mossad operative — is simply trying to make Al-Qaeda appear as a common enemy to both Christians and Jews, thus cementing the unholy alliance between badly misled ‘Christian Zionists’ and Israel — 800]
He scorns Obama’s statements in his inaugural address and in Turkey that America isn’t and won’t be at war with Islam, and “other deceptive, false and sugarcoated words of endearment and respect.” He says Obama’s language is similar to words Netanyahu uttered in the Knesset in 1996.
Gadahn also backs the idea of targeting “Zio-Crusader” interests anywhere in the world, not just “within Palestine.”
The above article can be found at: http://edition.cnn.com/2009/WORLD/meast/06/13/american.qaeda.message/
Finally, note this September 2006 article from the Orange County Register — the first of three parts — which explicitly states that Dr. Carl K. Pearlman was not only ‘active in the Jewish community,’ but a card-carrying board member of the Jewish ADL:
The Orange County Register
September 24, 2006
SANTA ANA — When Dr. Donald Martin took over as chief of the urology department at Orange County General Hospital in 1969, he felt lucky.
He inherited the job from Dr. Carl K. Pearlman, then 60, a highly respected doctor who was gracious and generous to a young man of 39.
Martin came to know Pearlman as a good doctor, a social activist, and a mentor to many young men training in medicine. So he wasn’t surprised in the mid-1990s when Pearlman told him he was taking in his grandson.
“Carl was very sweet,” Martin recalled. “He said, ‘He’s having some problems, so I’ll take him under my roof, under my wing.'”
Pearlman died in 1998, and Martin didn’t think about his friend’s confidence until six years later.
That’s when, in May 2004, U.S. Attorney General John Ashcroft announced that Pearlman’s grandson, Adam Yahiye Gadahn, was part of a group of Islamic fundamentalists being sought by the FBI for questioning because of ties to al-Qaida. Gadahn was “armed and dangerous,” the FBI said.
Martin was astonished to learn that a young man related to Pearlman, a Jew who won a humanitarian award for promoting peace among religions, could be part of one of the fiercest anti-Semitic terror organizations in the world. A family known for its love of social tolerance, education and the arts suddenly had to answer for violence-spewing videos featuring Gadahn, now known as “Azzam the American,” an angry and articulate voice calling for the streets of his own country “to run red with blood.”
“I often think of how heartbroken he’d be,” Martin said of his old friend. “To have this happen to him would have been very painful. It’s unbelievable.” The three generations of Pearlmans — Carl Pearlman, his son, Phil, and grandson, Adam — were intelligent men who lived their lives according to their deeply held convictions. They loved music, were described as leaders, and all sought change in the world.
But the similarities end there. Because father to son, there was not only rebellion against the elder, as might be expected, but an extreme reaction to birthright and, ultimately, the rejection of traditional society.
Carl Pearlman, a leading Orange County doctor who championed new medical technologies, had a son who changed his name to Seth Gadahn and opted to live off the land.
Seth Gadahn’s son, Adam, home-schooled in the family’s wooden shack and raised in rural isolation, moved away from his family as a teenager and settled into his grandfather’s Santa Ana home, discovering the Internet and Islam. He converted at a Garden Grove mosque in 1995 and fell in with a group of Islamic fundamentalists.
Adam Gadahn was described as a quiet and shy boy who came from a good family. Now 28, he’s ranting righteously as propaganda minister for Osama bin Laden.
Like many life stories with such contrasts, Adam Gadahn’s is marked by a quest for meaning and, at least in the beginning, hope.
Carl Pearlman, his wife, Agnes, and two small children arrived in Santa Ana in 1948 from the East Coast.
They were urban pioneers in Orange County, then a sleepy agricultural area defined by its fruit groves and pretty, pristine beaches. They took part in the activities cherished by the millions who were moving to California — a life lived outdoors, including swimming in a backyard pool, golf and bike riding.
But the Pearlmans pushed this utopian new lifestyle further than most, and were bent on improving the common good, whether through arts education, helping the poor or promoting good health.
This lifestyle extended from the Orange County coast to the California mountains. From the early 1950s, the Pearlmans were some of the first board members of what was then called the Idyllwild School of Music and the Arts, a summer academy in a small, picturesque town in the San Jacinto Mountains. There, in 1957, the family built a cabin designed by John Lautner, an early disciple of Frank Lloyd Wright’s and an important contemporary architect.
Lautner believed that human spaces must intersect with nature, and is known for landmarks from Los Angeles to Palm Springs. Now showcased as “the Pearlman cabin” among Lautner’s body of work, it is “a cross between a log cabin and a treehouse,” as one Lautner book says, a circular building that lies open to a beautiful, panoramic view of snow-capped Tahquitz Peak.
Agnes Pearlman was a fine pianist, and her baby grand piano commands a presence in front of the huge windows, signifying the importance of music to the family. Carl Pearlman played the violin, practicing daily until the age of 88. Their children, Phil and his sister Nancy, took part in the programs at the Idyllwild school, a 250-acre campus just down the road from the Pearlman cabin.
From the start, the school attracted legendary artists. Ansel Adams taught photography classes to kids and their parents from 1958 to 1960, and Meredith Willson was guest composer in 1949, writing parts of “The Music Man” there. Pete Seeger, guitar in hand, often led singalongs around the evening campfires after his folk music classes from 1957 to 1963.
Agnes Pearlman, now 83 and still living in the family’s modest Santa Ana home, remains connected to the school, which has become the Idyllwild Arts Academy, a private college-preparatory and prestigious year-round boarding school. Most recently, she sent money to the school for its Hurricane Katrina relief effort.
A musical background
The passion for music was also reflected in Santa Ana, and Carl Pearlman was proud to say that the Orange County Philharmonic Society was started in his living room in the early 1950s. Nancy and Phil both graduated from Brickerward Preparatory, a now-defunct Orange County school that stressed arts education.
The Pearlmans held lively musical evenings for their friends, Carl on violin and Agnes on piano, sitting on a platform in their large living room.
They played classical music — Vivaldi, Schubert, Dvorak — but would finish with Carl’s favorites, Rodgers and Hammerstein show tunes. Carl’s partner, Dr. J. Bernard Miller, loved these evenings and said he always requested the song “Mame” from the musical of the same name.
The couple’s children inherited this love of music, a passion that seems coupled with a sense of leadership. While attending UC Irvine in the mid-1960s, Phil Pearlman brought the latest bands to campus, and friends thought he would become a music promoter.
A guitar player, Phil Pearlman started a psychedelic band called Beat of the Earth, and its 1967 recording is a cult favorite often bootlegged by aficionados. Original recordings command $400 to $500.
Reflected in the third generation, Adam Gadahn had his own passion for music. It played out in a rebellious teenage phase as a love for demonic heavy metal, and he once wrote for a death-metal online magazine called Xenocide.
In a separate essay he penned about becoming a Muslim, Adam Gadahn told of his brief obsession with the genre, which he said “rightfully” alarmed his family.
Now, the boy who grew up with his grandfather’s classical music and his father’s 1960s sounds probably doesn’t listen to music at all.
Osama bin Laden considers music “the flute of the devil” and covers his ears when he hears it, according to “The Looming Tower,” a book about the al-Qaida leader by Lawrence Wright.
A doctor and duffer
Ever the doctor, Carl Pearlman also loved golf and would practice it as diligently as his daily violin, using a driving net in the back yard.
Warm and funny, he loved to tell jokes while with patients, at presentations for colleagues and when lecturing during 20 years of volunteer teaching at UC Irvine.
“As doctors, you’ll learn to deal with adversity, frustration, setbacks and even catastrophe,” Pearlman told his students. “But enough about golf.”
Carl Pearlman was a leader in the early medical associations and hospitals that sprouted up around the county’s growing population in the 1950s and ’60s. During his 50-year career, he was chief of staff at Orange County General Hospital, chief of staff at Santa Ana Community Hospital (now Western Medical Center) and chairman of the first expansion fund for St. Joseph Hospital.
“He had an outstanding reputation when he was in practice,” said Dr. Frank Amato, a former president of the Orange County Medical Association. “He was a good physician.”
He was an activist in the early medical community, opposed to hospitals operating for profit and disgusted that the county facility was “nothing but a poor farm” when he arrived in 1949. Carl Pearlman offered his services for free when the parents of one of his patients, a 17-year-old Villa Park girl, couldn’t afford a kidney transplant for their daughter in 1969.
Pearlman’s friend, Dr. Donald Martin, was on the team of this historic local event, the county’s first kidney transplant. Colleagues remember Pearlman as a champion of new medical technologies and one of the few doctors who were not threatened when the University of California system decided to create a teaching hospital in Orange County in the late 1960s, Martin said.
Pearlman’s activism included devoting time to the YMCA, serving as the first local chairman of the Bonds for Israel campaign and then as chairman of the United Jewish Welfare Fund.
He was on the board of the Anti-Defamation League [!!!] and in 1985 was honored with a humanitarian award by the Orange County chapter of the National Conference of Christians and Jews, now called the National Conference for Community and Justice.
Pearlman’s friends said he didn’t practice his religion by, say, belonging to a synagogue, and Agnes Pearlman came from a Christian background.
Holidays were social times, and Pearlman’s partner, Miller, remembers the Pearlmans’ annual Christmas party as one to look forward to every year. Their children were raised to think freely about religion, and Nancy Pearlman has said they were agnostics.
Although Pearlman’s colleagues described him as “completely secular,” they also recalled that he was a supporter of Israel, which was created just about the time the Pearlmans moved to their home in Santa Ana’s Floral Park neighborhood.
“In our conversations, he had a very strong feeling for Israel,” said Dr. Mel Singer, a pediatric cardiologist in Orange. “He felt very sincerely and deeply that he wanted that country to survive and make peace with the Arab nations around it.”
A grandson’s conversion
By the mid-1990s, about the time Pearlman took his grandson into his home, the doctor was already joking about his death. He was adamant that he didn’t want a service but that he wanted to be buried in Riverside National Cemetery, so the family could wave at him as they drove to the cabin in Idyllwild.
He probably knew of Adam Gadahn’s conversion to Islam, which occurred in 1995. But it’s not known how the grandfather felt about Adam’s new beliefs. Family members declined to comment for this story, although Nancy Pearlman confirmed most details.
Adam Gadahn had already taken one trip to Pakistan by the time of his grandfather’s death on Oct. 18, 1998, at the age of 90. He returned to the United States and was with the family when his grandfather died. Soon thereafter, he left for Pakistan. It’s believed he has never returned to America.
On the third anniversary of 9/11 in 2004, Adam Gadahn, his face partly covered in a black scarf, warned America and Britain via video that it was time for “either pragmatic surrender or a protracted, painful war.”
“We love peace, but peace on our terms, peace laid down by Islam, not the so-called peace of occupiers and dictators,” said Gadahn, punctuating his words with a finger pointed at the camera and adding that the followers of Osama bin Laden “love nothing better than the heat of battle, the echo of explosions and slitting the throats of the infidels.” [Does anyone take this stuff seriously? — 800]
Fiery speech from the grandson of a man who left behind a legacy built on justice, tolerance and helping the oppressed. In a little red notebook he always carried with him, Pearlman also left behind some of his favorite sayings, quotes that reinforced his beliefs. Among those is this one by Benjamin Franklin:
“There never was a good war or a bad peace.”
The Orange County Register reported this story through source interviews, public records, historical archives and Internet sites. Any material previously published is attributed. Although Adam Yahiye Gadahn’s family declined interviews, his aunt, Nancy Pearlman, confirmed many details for this series.
Sources: Amanda Spake, Adam Ruelas, Dr. Donald Martin, Dr. J. Bernard Miller, Dr. Mel Singer, Dr. Frank Amato, Glen Pritzker, Haitham Bundakji, Harold Copus, Jon Konrath, Michael Rowe, Nancy Lund, Patrick Lundborg, Ryan Olson, Saraah Olson, Steven Rowe, Rita Katz.
Public records: California Department of Consumer Affairs, California secretary of state, Orange County criminal records, Riverside County criminal records, Los Angeles County criminal records, Los Angeles County voter registration, Orange County voter registration, Riverside County voter registration, Los Angeles County property records, Orange County property records, Riverside County property records, UC Irvine registrar
Historical archives: Idyllwild Arts Academy Museum, Idyllwild Town Crier, Orange County Medical Association, Philharmonic Society of Orange County, Santa Ana Public Library, Orange County Register archives, UC Irvine special collections
Books: “Terrorist Hunter” by Anonymous (Rita Katz), “John Lautner,” by Barbara-Ann Campbell-Lange, “The Architecture of John Lautner,” by Alan Hess and photographs by Alan Weintraub, “The Dream Endures” by Kevin Starr, “The Looming Tower,” by Lawrence Wright
The above article, along with parts two and three, can be found at: http://www.ocregister.com/ocregister/news/local/article_1285930.php