Poynter reports that the late Ed Koch will be buried at Trinity Church Cemetery with a grave marker inscribed with the brave last words of Daniel Pearl, the journalist kidnapped and beheaded by jihadists in 2002.

The former New York City mayor’s headstone was placed in 2009 and reads, “My father is Jewish, my mother is Jewish, I am Jewish.”

Koch wrote about “what’s on my tombstone, and why” in 2011:

On my tombstone, which awaits me at the Trinity Church nondenominational cemetery at 155th Street and Amsterdam Avenue, I had inscribed the last words of Daniel Pearl — uttered at his publicly viewed murder — which were, “My father is Jewish. My mother is Jewish. I am Jewish.” I believe those words should be part of the annual services on the Jewish High Holiday of Yom Kippur, and should be repeated by the congregants.

More at Poynter, including an excerpt of a 2008 interview with Koch about the grave marker.

Update:

Koch died on the eleventh anniversary of Daniel Pearl’s murder.

  • Bob Smooper

    “I told you I was ill!” Would be a better headstone quote!

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100002109532283 Jillane Kent

      Feel better now that you’ve exorcised a bit of non-humorous tripe from your system?

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100002109532283 Jillane Kent

      Feel better now that you’ve exorcised a bit of non-humorous tripe from your system?

  • http://twitter.com/einfal Raphael Gluck ツ

    You missed the eeriest part of the story, Both died on this day, Feb 1st

  • wwbdinct

    RIP Mayor Koch – What an absolutely beautiful thing to do!

  • wwbdinct

    RIP Mayor Koch – What an absolutely beautiful thing to do!

  • John Thomas “Jack” Ward III

    THAT should be written in BOTH English and Hebrew! Just sayin’… Jawamax 8<{D}

  • John Thomas “Jack” Ward III

    THAT should be written in BOTH English and Hebrew! Just sayin’… Jawamax 8<{D}

  • conservativemomma

    Koch in an e-mail on Tuesday that Mr. Obama’s United Nations speech opposing the Palestinians’ bid for statehood had satisfied all his concerns, and that he was now prepared to support Mr. Obama’s re-election.

    “Whatever rift existed before — and there was — that’s gone,” Mr. Koch said in a telephone interview. He said that he was now ready to go out and make the case to Jewish voters that the president deserved their support.

  • conservativemomma

    Koch in an e-mail on Tuesday that Mr. Obama’s United Nations speech opposing the Palestinians’ bid for statehood had satisfied all his concerns, and that he was now prepared to support Mr. Obama’s re-election.

    “Whatever rift existed before — and there was — that’s gone,” Mr. Koch said in a telephone interview. He said that he was now ready to go out and make the case to Jewish voters that the president deserved their support.

  • conservativemomma

    To clarify my post…that was a quote from Koch before the election in Nov. explaining that Obama has his full support.

  • conservativemomma

    To clarify my post…that was a quote from Koch before the election in Nov. explaining that Obama has his full support.

  • http://www.standwitharizona.com/ John Hill – Stand With Arizona

    RIP Mayor.

    • Guest

      Many people prepurchase their headstones, hence Koch’s statement “On my tombstone, which awaits me ….”

    • Guest

      Many people prepurchase their headstones, hence Koch’s statement “On my tombstone, which awaits me ….”

  • http://www.standwitharizona.com/ John Hill – Stand With Arizona

    RIP Mayor.

  • michael

    Mark Cooper youre either a kid or a liberal, which is it?

    • Joe W.

      He’s an idiot.

      • jeff blanco

        Why do you say that?

        • Joe W.

          Check Mr. Cooper’s profile and read some of his idiotic posts and then ask me that question. He is a moronic troll. Nothing more…Nothing less.

  • michael

    Mark Cooper youre either a kid or a liberal, which is it?

  • michael

    John Hill some people have their headstones made before they die.

  • michael

    John Hill some people have their headstones made before they die.

  • Judi Anne Hood

    I’m not jewish but I can only admire a man who with his dying wish declared his faith and his heritage and his pride in both. Well done Mayor Koch, who’s last message to all was to give honor to your own beliefs, your own heritage and reaffirm the courage of a common man, Daniel Pearl, and his convictions.

    God full of mercy who dwells on high
    Grant perfect rest on the wings of Your Divine Presence
    In the lofty heights of the holy and pure
    who shine as the brightness of the heavens
    to the soul of Edward Koch and his father, Louis
    Koch, who has gone to his eternal rest
    as all his family and friends
    pray for the elevation of his soul.
    His resting place shall be in the Garden of Eden.
    Therefore, the Master of mercy will care for him
    under the protection of His wings for all time
    And bind his soul in the bond of everlasting life.
    God is his inheritance and he will rest in peace
    and let us say Amen.

    • kilthan

      Beautiful, Judi, just beautiful.

    • keepdreamingon

      that was beautiful, thank you.

  • http://pennyrobinsonfanclub.net/ Penny Robinson Fan Club

    Seriously, I don’t mean this snarkily or anything — why is he being buried in “non-denominational” Trinity Church Cemetery and not a Jewish cemetery?

    I lived in NYC for a few years during his term, and always thought well of him.

    • wwbdinct

      I heard on the radio this afternoon that he wanted to be buried in Manhattan. Not in any of the boroughs, definitely not in New Jersey (I don’t know why he stressed that) but he wanted his final resting place to be in Manhattan. Maybe there are no Jewish cemetaries in Manhattan itself?? I don’t know but maybe that is the reason.

      • MidAtlanticWoman

        All Jewish cemeteries were filled to capacity per Fox News.

    • operanerd1986

      The reason was that he wanted to be buried in Manhattan, and Trinity Church Cemetery was the only cemetery left in Manhattan that still had space, according to this obituary: http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2013/02/01/ed-koch-three-term-mayor-who-became-symbol-nyc-dies-at-88/

    • Junie3

      Why one bearing the name Trinity, when as written on his tomb stone, “Hear oh Israel, The Lord our God is One.” Sorry, do not mean to offend anyone, but I’m not a believer of 3 persons in a godhead aka trinity. I believe in one God who appeared to man in many forms, the last being a man, the Word made flesh. He God, purchased the church with his own blood.

      • Ken Alan Draper

        Trinity church is right next to ground zero & was the church attended by President George washington during his presidency. it was a minor miracle that the church & cemetary didn’t suffer serious damage when the towers fell.

    • MidAtlanticWoman

      Koch wanted to be sure he would spend eternity in New York City is what Fox News reported.

  • Allen Papa Smith

    I love that the Shema is also on the marker, it is the first and last prayer of the day for the Jewish people as decreed by Hashem. and although I am not Jewish, I am trying to learn it in Hebrew…the whole thing.

  • http://resministries.org/ Arthur E Jackson

    So does that mean, my father was Muslim I was raised Muslim, I am Muslim, Barrack Obama? Just asking! How about, my father wasn’t a U.S citizen, so I legally shouldn’t be President

  • LordElrond09

    What a nice guy. The kind of guy who it would have been fun to watch a ballgame with. As a politician, he was the worst, corrupt chamelon liar that ever existed. Let’s not eulogize Ed to sainthood please.

  • http://twitter.com/KALKAM71 KALKAM

    I grew up in NYC and I liked Ed Koch….

    RIP

  • 5ftflirt

    total props to Koch for this, but why isn’t he buried in a Jewish cemetery?

  • TJ

    To bad it just says Muslim terrorist and not Khalid Sheik Mohammed engraved in stone for all time.

  • aliwilcox

    That they died on the same day is uncanny. I always liked him as our mayor when I was just starting out in NY. Even though a democrat, he was good for the entire city.

  • nc

    I wonder what percentage of college students ever even heard of Daniel Pearl?

  • TTTCOTTH

    A very good man. RIP.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/John-Clement/1169952473 John Clement

    With the Saints, give rest O Lord to the soul of your servant Ed, to a place where there is no suffering, nor sorrow, nor pain, but life everlasting. May his memory be eternal.

  • Constance

    What a tribute to a very, very brave man. Imagine it. You are about to have your head sawed off by maniacs, and those are your last words? Could most of you muster that kind of courage and faith? Honestly, I don’t know that I could.

  • BeeKaaay

    And in the end, the leftwingwackos will just forget about him and continue to hate Jews.