When you say the words “Israeli hero” you probably imagine some kind of a blue and white superman, someone who was born and grew up in Israel and dedicated his life for the country and in the end died for it, but Daniel Lewin is not exactly what you would expect. He was the first person to die on the day of the 9/11 terror attacks in the USA.
Daniel was born in Denver, Colorado. When he was 14, he immigrated to the Israeli capital Jerusalem and after he finished his studies he enlisted in the Israeli army.
After his army service Daniel attended the Technion – the Israeli Institute of Technology in Haifa – while simultaneously working at IBM’s research laboratory in the city. He also co-founded the internet company Akamai Technologies. Daniel was considered one of wonder boys of the high-tech world.
On September 11 2001, Daniel reached the Airport in Boston to catch a flight to
Los Angeles for a Web conference and a meeting with a customer. He never got there. “We at the office knew he was dead, we hoped he had missed his flight but soon we realized we lost him,” said Jonathan Salig.
So why was Daniel murdered before the plane crashed into the northern tower? According to the FAA, Daniel, who was in the Israeli army for 4 years, tried to fight the hijackers and stop them from killing more people. Daniel has been killed by Satam al-Suqami after he attempted to foil the hijacking.
In my opinion, Daniel is the perfect Israeli hero, a man who worked out of courage and tried to save all the passengers lives on the airplane, even though he knew that it may cost him his life.
Daniel’s story (video from Christians4Yisrael on youtube.com)