Ed Koch, beloved Mayor of NYC and fiercely proud Jew, died on the horrible anniversary of the beheading of Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl. Ed Koch's tombstone is engraved with the final words of Daniel Pearl: “My father is Jewish. My mother is Jewish. I am Jewish (Daniel Pearl, 2002, just before he was beheaded by a Muslim terrorist)”
Koch and Pearl now share a yahrzeit. Photo: hfba.blogspot. For Koch to die on this very day is his last lesson to us: never forget.
Koch was well known for the fact that he had already made his tombstone, a memorial whose centerpiece contained a quote from slain Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl, who died on the same day as Koch eleven years ago. It also contained other references to his cultural and religious background, though it wasn’t exactly necessary if the intent was to make it public, since as he wrote in the Algemiener not too long ago (more here)
“Almost everyone who lives in New York City knows that I am Jewish. Most know that I am a secular Jew who believes in God, the afterlife, reward and punishment, and that I hope to be rewarded.”
Pearl was kidnapped while working as the South Asia Bureau Chief of The Wall Street Journal, based in Mumbai, India. He had gone to Pakistan as part of an investigation into the alleged links between Richard Reid (the "shoe bomber") and Al-Qaeda. He was beheaded by jihadists.
In March 2007, at a closed military hearing at GITMO, Cuba, Khalid Sheikh Mohammed said that he had personally beheaded Pearl. KSM, mastermind of the 911 attacks, has still not been tried.