Father of Palestinian killed in Syria says son duped into IS

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ISIS released a new video Tuesday purporting to show a child soldier (face blurred out here) killing a Palestinian man accused of being a spy for Israeli intelligence.
The media arm of Islamic State released a video Tuesday purporting to show a young boy killing an Israeli Arab accused of being a spy.ISIS says the man executed in the video, who is identified as Mohamed Said Ismail Musallam, was working Israel's intelligence agency Mossad. The highly produced video, which is about 13 minutes long, shows 19-year-old Musallam dressed in an orange jumpsuit and talking about how he was recruited by Israeli intelligence.
JERUSALEM, ISRAEL - MARCH 11: Father of 19-year-old Muhammad Musallam, an Israeli Arab executed by Islamic State (Isis) in Syria sits in his home on March 11, 2015 in East Jerusalem, Israel. Muhammads family and the Israeli officels denied that he was an Israeli spy. (Photo by Ilia Yefimovich/Getty Images)
The mother of Arab-Israeli Mohammed Musallam (portrait) cries at the family's home in the East Jerusalem Jewish settlement of Neve-Yaacov on March 10, 2015 after the Islamic State (IS) released a video purportedly showing a young boy executing her son, who IS claimed infiltrated the group in Syria to spy for the Jewish state. AFP PHOTO / AHMAD GHARABLI (Photo credit should read AHMAD GHARABLI/AFP/Getty Images)
JERUSALEM, ISRAEL - MARCH 11: A picture of 19-year-old Muhammad Musallam, an Israeli Arab executed by Islamic State (Isis) in Syria is displeyd at the family's home on March 11, 2015 in East Jerusalem, Israel. Muhammads family and the Israeli officels denied that he was an Israeli spy. (Photo by Ilia Yefimovich/Getty Images)
The parents of Arab-Israeli Mohammed Musallam (portrait) react at the family's home in the East Jerusalem Jewish settlement of Neve-Yaacov on March 10, 2015 after the Islamic State (IS) released a video purportedly showing a young boy executing their son, who IS claimed infiltrated the group in Syria to spy for the Jewish state. AFP PHOTO / AHMAD GHARABLI (Photo credit should read AHMAD GHARABLI/AFP/Getty Images)
The parents of Arab-Israeli Mohammed Musallam (portrait) react at the family's home in the East Jerusalem Jewish settlement of Neve-Yaacov on March 10, 2015 after the Islamic State (IS) released a video purportedly showing a young boy executing their son, who IS claimed infiltrated the group in Syria to spy for the Jewish state. AFP PHOTO / AHMAD GHARABLI (Photo credit should read AHMAD GHARABLI/AFP/Getty Images)
JERUSALEM, ISRAEL - MARCH 11: Mother of 19-year-old Muhammad Musallam, an Israeli Arab executed by Islamic State (Isis) in Syria sits in her home on March 11, 2015 in East Jerusalem, Israel. Muhammads family and the Israeli officels denied that he was an Israeli spy. (Photo by Ilia Yefimovich/Getty Images)
KIRKUK, IRAQ - MARCH 10 : Kurdish Peshmerga forces are seen with anti-tank warfares in Tel Al Werd village 25 km far from Mulla Abdullah district, south of Kirkuk as they guard the area on March 10, 2015 during the ongoing clashes between Daesh (Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant) militants in Iraq. (Photo by Emrah Yorulmaz/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)

A video purporting to show a mass beheading of Coptic Christian hostages was released Sunday, February 15, 2015 by militants affiliated to the ISIS terrorists.

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A video purporting to show a mass beheading of Coptic Christian hostages was released Sunday, February 15, 2015 by militants affiliated to the ISIS terrorists.

Video provided by: Alhayat

A video purporting to show a mass beheading of Coptic Christian hostages was released Sunday, February 15, 2015 by militants affiliated to the ISIS terrorists.

Video provided by: Alhayat

A video purporting to show a mass beheading of Coptic Christian hostages was released Sunday, February 15, 2015 by militants affiliated to the ISIS terrorists.

Video provided by: Alhayat

A video purporting to show a mass beheading of Coptic Christian hostages was released Sunday, February 15, 2015 by militants affiliated to the ISIS terrorists.

Video provided by: Alhayat

A video purporting to show a mass beheading of Coptic Christian hostages was released Sunday, February 15, 2015 by militants affiliated to the ISIS terrorists.

Video provided by: Alhayat

A video purporting to show a mass beheading of Coptic Christian hostages was released Sunday, February 15, 2015 by militants affiliated to the ISIS terrorists.

Video provided by: Alhayat

A video purporting to show a mass beheading of Coptic Christian hostages was released Sunday, February 15, 2015 by militants affiliated to the ISIS terrorists.

Video provided by: Alhayat

A video purporting to show a mass beheading of Coptic Christian hostages was released Sunday, February 15, 2015 by militants affiliated to the ISIS terrorists.

Video provided by: Alhayat

A video purporting to show a mass beheading of Coptic Christian hostages was released Sunday, February 15, 2015 by militants affiliated to the ISIS terrorists.

Video provided by: Alhayat

A video purporting to show a mass beheading of Coptic Christian hostages was released Sunday, February 15, 2015 by militants affiliated to the ISIS terrorists.

Video provided by: Alhayat

A video purporting to show a mass beheading of Coptic Christian hostages was released Sunday, February 15, 2015 by militants affiliated to the ISIS terrorists.

Video provided by: Alhayat

A video purporting to show a mass beheading of Coptic Christian hostages was released Sunday, February 15, 2015 by militants affiliated to the ISIS terrorists.

Video provided by: Alhayat

A video purporting to show a mass beheading of Coptic Christian hostages was released Sunday, February 15, 2015 by militants affiliated to the ISIS terrorists.

Video provided by: Alhayat

A video purporting to show a mass beheading of Coptic Christian hostages was released Sunday, February 15, 2015 by militants affiliated to the ISIS terrorists.

Video provided by: Alhayat

A video purporting to show a mass beheading of Coptic Christian hostages was released Sunday, February 15, 2015 by militants affiliated to the ISIS terrorists.

Video provided by: Alhayat
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JERUSALEM (AP) -- The father of a Palestinian killed by the Islamic State in Syria said Wednesday that his son was no Israeli spy but was tricked into joining the militants who killed him after he tried to come back home.

Said Musalam said IS lured his 19-year-old son Mohamed with promises of women, money and cars.

"They promised a lot of things and then I came here and there is nothing," Musalam recalled his son saying in a phone call home from Syria.

The son said he was in Raqqa, the de-facto capital of the Islamic State group, and had heard his mother was sick and wanted to come back, the father added.

The father spoke to The Associated Press from the family's east Jerusalem home, a day after IS released a video purporting to show the killing of a captive identified as Mohamed Said Ismail Musalam.

In the 13-minute video posted online, a militant and a boy dressed in camouflage stand behind a man in an orange jumpsuit kneeling on the ground. The fighter makes a brief statement in French accusing the man of working for the Mossad before the boy steps forward and shoots the captive in the head.

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

The Israeli Foreign Ministry declined comment while Israel's Shin Bet internal security agency said it announced earlier this year that Mohamed Musalam had left for Turkey to fight with IS.

The elder Musalam said he was the only one in the family to watch the video. He said he saw his son dressed in orange, knew that he was marked for death, and could not watch it through to the end.

His wife cried and she and other family members were too distraught to watch, he added. The family said it had begun a customary three-day mourning period, though there will not be a mourning tent because they live in a Jewish area of east Jerusalem.

Musalam said he wished the same fate upon the family of Islamic State group's leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.

"I will leave it to God and what happened to my son Mohamed I hope God will do the same for you, your sons and your family," Musalam said in Arabic, addressing al-Baghdadi. "God knows that one day we'll meet, whether in paradise or in hell, and we'll settle the accounts."

After the video was released on Tuesday, Musalam told the AP that his son left for Syria four months ago without telling his family and later told his brother that he was going to fight with IS.

More than a month ago, the family received a call from an unidentified person who said Musalam had fled IS, was caught at a Turkish checkpoint, and was put in IS jail.

"They did not want to let him leave because if he comes back, he might be caught by the Israelis and tell them what he had seen. So they wanted to get rid of him," the father said. "I know my son. I raised him well. I am sure he's not working for the Mossad."

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