Sunday, August 20, 2006

Debbie Schlussel: Not Totally Asleep: NBA & Miami Heat Pay Tribute to American Victim of Terror

On this site, we repeatedly express our sadness that since 9/11, American has fallen asleep again. We constantly lament the U.S. corporations and institutions that sell their souls just to make a buck--whether it's hiring illegal aliens or selling out to terrorists and Islamic supporters of terror.

But not every company is like that. Some do have moral courage. Yesterday, two companies risked Islamic anger by remembering American teenage victim of Islamic terrorism, Daniel Wultz (more about him here, here, and here). According to The Jerusalem Post, last night,

A moment of silence in his honor was also observed before tip-off of game 5 of the NBA's Eastern Conference semi-finals between the Miami Heat and the New Jersey Nets.

The South Florida Sun-Sentinel reported:

During the Miami Heat's basketball playoff game against the New Jersey Nets on Tuesday night, a moment of silence was held in Daniel's honor, as the Heat was his favorite team. His photo was shown on the overhead scoreboard.

"Basketball was Daniel's passion," public address announcer Mike Baiamonte said. "He was a big Miami Heat fan. The Miami Heat send condolences to the Wultz family."

When Danny Wultz was struggling to stay alive, the Miami Herald also reported that Miami Heat players sent the dying 16-year-old basketball fan signed paraphernalia to cheer him up in his fight.

We salute the NBA and the Miami Heat for their strength and courage in recognizing Danny Wultz in this age of political-correctness-uber-alles, not to mention ultra-kowtowing to Islamists.

Linda Maurice, whose daughter went to school with Daniel Wultz, has a touching op-ed about her anger not just over his murder, but--a point we've made--the lack of American media coverage (until now, after his death).

The Sun-Sentinel reported that hundreds (The Jerusalem Post: over 700) turned out for Wultz's funeral, yesterday. Danny's father's and rabbi's eulogies:

"Fathers are supposed to guard and protect their sons," he said. "Daniel, you protected me with your beautiful body. I'm so sorry, baby. I didn't mean for it to happen." . . .

"I can tell you the murderer who killed [Daniel] died on the spot a coward," he said. "Daniel fought for 28 days. He was my hero." . . .

"Daniel's last words were, `I want to live,'" said Rabbi Yisroel Spalter of Chabad Lubavitch, one of two rabbis Daniel would call via speed dial on his cell phone during happier times in South Florida. "Let us celebrate his life."

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