Hundreds of Jews and Muslims attended the funeral of a Jewish man, Michael Ben Zikri, 45, who died after saving a Bedouin woman and her three children from drowning after a sinkhole opened beneath them in a shallow lake near Tel Aviv, Israel.
United with Israel writes:
The 40-year-old woman and her three children hail from the Bedouin town of Hura, just north of Beersheba, and had joined other Israeli families at the popular swimming area on Friday. Ben Zikri rescued the mother, two girls, aged 14 and 7, and their 10-year-old brother.
The exhausted Ben Zikri apparently slipped under the water himself and his body was found later by Magen David Adom rescue workers, but it was too late and he could not be revived.
“Today it’s hard to find a hero like this,” one of the Bedouin family members said in a TV news interview. “The entire family apologizes for what happened.”
Even though limited by the coronavirus pandemic, scores of Bedouins from Hura attended the funeral, holding posters with slogans praising Ben Zikri’s heroism and thanking him for saving the family. [I had to look it up but a score is a group of 20.]
Apparently, the young Jewish man went out four times to rescue the distressed family and on his fourth trip was so exhausted he was unable to save himself.