BALTIMORE (WJZ) — The conflict in the Middle East is hitting close to home. Sunday’s fighting killed 13 Israeli soldiers and injured many. One of those injured is a Baltimore native.
Tracey Leong spoke to those who are close to him.
The injured soldier is a graduate from Beth Tfiloh Dahan Community School in Baltimore. He enlisted in the Israel Defense Force last year after graduation. His school’s director told WJZ they’re praying for a speedy recovery.
Sunday’s fighting in the Gaza strip is being called one of the deadliest days since it started on July 8. Thirteen Israeli soldiers were killed and dozens more injured.
Among those who died, two Americans—21-year-old Nissim Sean Carmeli of Texas and 24-year-old Max Steinberg of California. Sunday night, a vigil was held for Steinberg in Los Angeles.
“He was our family’s inspiration. He was our family’s spirit,” said his father, Stewart Steinberg.
Among those injured was one American, 19-year-old Jordan Low of Baltimore.
Monday morning, a prayer service was held for the Beth Tfiloh graduate.
“All of us are together in solidarity with our brothers and sisters in Israel. We pray for their safety and Jordan’s safety,” said Zipora Schorr.
Schorr received the call Sunday from Jordan’s father that he’d been injured in battle, suffering severe smoke inhalation after the Hamas forces sent a rocket into the building containing soldiers with the Israel defense force.
“He held the ladder until every single one in the mission got out safely,” Schorr said.
She says Jordan’s heroic actions speak volumes about his character and it’s what they try to instill in every student.
A significant number of Beth Tfiloh graduates have gone on to serve in the IDF and the administration says it’s something they are very proud of.
Schorr says this tragedy makes the conflict much more personal.
“This is one of our children,” Schorr said.
Beth Tfiloh stuudents, faculty and graduates all over the world are sharing in Schorr’s sentiment.
“A greater commitment to Israel and a greater love for Israel and we will do everything we can to ensure there’s peace in that region,” said Schorr.
Jordan Low is currently in the intensive care unit in Israel. His condition is stable and improving. His father and brother are flying over to see him.
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