Two American citizens among Israeli casualties in Gaza

Nissim Sean Carmeli, pictured, was one of two U.S. citizens serving in the Israel Defense Forces to be killed in Gaza on Sunday. Credit: Facebook.

( Two American citizens—24-year-old Max Steinberg of Los Angeles and 21-year-old Nissim Sean Carmeli of South Padre Island, Texas—were among the 13 Israel Defense Forces soldiers from the Golani Brigade who were killed in the Shujaiyya quarter of Gaza on Sunday.

“He was completely dedicated and committed to serving the country of Israel,” Max’s father, Stuart Steinberg, told The Associated Press. “He was focused, he was clear in what the mission was, and he was dedicated to the work he needed to be doing.”

Rabbi Yonatan Simony, the Carmeli family’s local rabbi, told The Algemeiner, “The whole community feels like they lost their own son.” South Padre Island has a Jewish population of 75.

Posted on July 21, 2014 .