While the haters in the world are unbelievably trying to portray us as White supremacists, this next story does not seem to have made it past the Israeli and Jewish press: an Israeli man saved a Bedouin mother and her kids from drowning – and lost his life in the process.
Jewish and Beduin mourners joined together Sunday at the Ashkelon funeral of 45-year-old Michael Ben-Zikri, who rescued a 40-year-old woman and her three children from drowning on Friday.
Ben-Zikri, from Ashdod, didn’t have the strength to save himself after saving the distressed swimmers in a man-made lake near Zikim, after they apparently fell into sinkholes.
The members of the rescued family, from the Beduin village of Hura, including a 14-year-old girl, a 10-year-old boy and a seven-year-old girl, were released from Barzilai Medical Center in Ashkelon on Sunday.
Their father, interviewed on KAN radio, expressed his remorse and gratitude for Ben-Zikri’s efforts, whom he labeled a hero. Many residents of Hura attended Ben-Zikri’s funeral in solidarity with the family.
Here are some Muslim Bedouins paying their final respects to Michael
While I never had the merit of meeting Michael, I did, actually, meet his wife last year.
While she and Michael’s other surviving family members are in our thoughts and prayers, let’s do more than keeping them there – let’s make sure more people around the world know about Michael’s heroism.