Barkat Remembers How Gazans Danced on 9/11

J'lem mayor: 9/11 was the day on which Islamic terrorism became a global challenge with which the whole world, not just Israel, had to cope.
By Gil Ronen
First Publish: 9/11/2011, 10:01 PM

Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat was in New York City on September 11, 2001. "At the end of the horrific day," he recalled, "after watching the horror unfold, I remember the shock on the faces of people around me when we watched people dancing for joy in the streets of Gaza while New York was on fire."  

"Then I realized that September 11 was the day on which Islamic terrorism was no longer an exclusive Israeli challenge. It became global in a big, big way."

He told the story of Danny Lewin, who was apparently the first victim of 9/11, whom he knew. Lewin's parents, Drs. Peggy and Charles Lewin, and his brothers, Michael and Jonathan, were present at the ceremony, at Emek HaArazim near Motza.