Father of Palestinian Killed in Syria Says Son Duped Into Joining ISIS

Teen said to be lured with promises of women, money and cars.

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Hind, the mother of Mohamed Said Ismail, holds a picture of her son as she speaks to the Associated Press while seated next to her husband Said Musalam at their home.
Hind, the mother of Mohamed Said Ismail, holds a picture of her son as she speaks to the Associated Press while seated next to her husband Said Musalam at their home. Credit: AP Photo

AP — The father of a Palestinian youth killed by the Islamic State in Syria says his son was no Israeli spy but was tricked into joining the militants.

Said Musalam says IS lured his 19-year-old son Mohamed Said Ismail with promises of women, money and cars. He says Mohamed contacted the family from Syria, saying he wanted to come home.

The father spoke Wednesday from the family's east Jerusalem home, a day after IS released a video purporting to show the killing of Musalam's son, whom IS accused of being a spy for Israeli intelligence. It shows a boy stepping forward and shooting the captive.

The Associated Press could not independently verify the video, but it was released by the IS group's Furqan media arm and corresponds to previous IS videos.

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