This one is for the nutbars, anti-Semites and conspiracy theorists who continue to claim that no Jews were killed on 9/11.
Remembering Daniel Lewin, z'l.
His remarkable life, cut short by terror, was the subject of a biography published last year, "No Better Time: The Brief, Remarkable Life of Danny Lewin, the Genius Who Transformed the Internet."
In 1984 , Daniel Lewin moved with his family to Israel. He served in the Israel Defense Forces as an
officer in the elite Sayeret Matkal for 4 years. After graduating from the Technion, he received a scholarship for graduate studies at MIT. While at MIT, he worked on the theoretical side of computer science, developing innovative algorithms to enable web sites to handle heavy traffic. He co-founded Akamai Techonologies which handles 30% of the worlds internet traffic and posted an annual revenue of $1.37 billion in 2012.
Daniel Lewin was one of the 81 passengers, nine
crew members, and two pilots on American Airlines Flight 11 when it took
off from Boston’s Logan Airport.early on Sept. 11, 2001. Daniel was sitting in business
class seat 9b.
From an article in Psychology today
Flight 11 took off on schedule and headed due west, holding course
for 16 minutes until it passed Worcester, Massachusetts. Then, instead
of taking a southerly turn, it swung north and failed to climb to its
assigned cruising altitude. At this point, it’s possible Lewin
suspected—perhaps before anyone else on the flight—that something
terrible was about to happen. Having trained in the IDF’s most elite
counterterrorism unit, he had learned to identify signs of attacks well
before they were carried out. He also knew conversational Arabic,
enough to have picked up on verbal cues if the five Middle Eastern
passengers gave any.
About 8:15 the bloody hijacking began. The
terrorists—wielding box cutters and knives—rose from their seats in
business class and began to threaten passengers and crew. Most of what
we know comes from reports by two flight attendants, Betty Ong and
Madeline Amy Sweeney, who calmly relayed the details as they unfolded.
At 8:19, Ong told flight control: “The cockpit is not answering,
somebody’s stabbed in business class... I think there’s Mace... we
can’t breathe... I think we’re getting hijacked.” In a separate call,
Sweeney reported the plane had been hijacked and two flight attendants
had been stabbed. Sweeney also confirmed that a passenger in business
class had been stabbed to death; his throat slashed by one of the
terrorists. The passenger, she said, was sitting in 9B.
Commission concluded that in those first 20 minutes of the flight,
Mohamed Atta—the only terrorist on board trained to fly a jet—probably
moved to the cockpit from his business-class seat (located near Lewin’s
seat), possibly accompanied by Abdulaziz al-Omari. As this was
happening, Lewin, who was seated in the row just behind Atta and
Omari, was stabbed in the neck by one of the hijackers—probably Satam
al-Suqami, who was seated directly behind Lewin, out of his view.
Those who knew Daniel best believe he was killed after attempting to thwart the hijacking.
Remembering today and always, the brief life of Daniel Lewin, and all those who perished 13 years ago on September 11, 2001.