"There are endless stories that sound like fairy tales." Shimon "Kushi" Rimon z"l/User Photos, Moshe Har Zion
Shimon "Negro" Rimon, who founded and managed the 101 Inn on the Arava Road for decades, died Tuesday at the age of 84. Rimon was one of the first Israelis to travel to the Red Rock in Petra and return alive - where he arrived in a stolen UN car.Rimon
was born Shimon Mizrahi, and his nickname "Negro" was given to him, he says, because he was "a little Yemenite among a crowd of Ashkenazim." According to Moshe Har Zion, son of Meir Har Zion, the legendary fighter of Unit 101 who was a close friend of a Negro, "A Negro's father was probably an agent of the SJ, and when the Arabs boarded him, they murdered him. Then the mother died of an illness and he grew up as an adopted child in Tel Lentil and Ein Harod, "where all the characters of Mount Zion and his friends from the 101st became admired figures for him and he followed them into paratroopers."
Most of Rimon's fame came when he infiltrated Petra in 1959. He and his friend Victor Friedman stole a jeep and UN uniforms and crossed the border in the Arava region to Red Rock, where they hiked for about three days. They were arrested when they returned by the UN in Jerusalem and sent to prison.
His nickname "Negro" was given to him because he was "a little Yemenite among a crowd of Ashkenazim"/User Photos, Moshe Har Zion
Growing up as an adopted child
Later, in 1971, he got into trouble with the law and was given a suspended one-and-a-half-year prison sentence for burglary, and then arrested for drug offenses in Germany. In 1976 he served time in prison until 1981, when he returned to Israel and set up a road buffet on Route 90 in the Arava, at kilometer 101, about 90 kilometers north of Eilat. The place was nicknamed the "101st Inn", where many would stop on the way to and from Eilat. "His inn in the Arava was a haven for all kinds of people who didn't find their place in society," Har Zion said.
Moses Har Zion told Walla! Tourism: "Shimon Rimon (Negro) passed away tonight. Shimon I called him, dear friend, beloved man, when I was 16 we decided to make a trip with the mopeds to Eilat, we arrived at a rest well in the summer of 1982 and there were three buses to buy - one for the buffet, the second for residential and the third for guests. Shimon greeted us with a smile, we were faint from the heat, 50 km/h on the Arava road in a hot summer, he put us on the guest bus and we went to sleep to the sounds of Desert Koller.
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"Our paths did not part"
"Later we got to know each other and since then our paths have not parted, endless visits to the expanding and developing inn, endless stories that sound like fairy tales, but are firmly rooted in Shimon's childish soul. Endless curiosity, a sense of justice, love for every person and especially total giving to everyone, at any price, all the time. Dear Shimon, I will be greatly missed, you will be missed by the Arava, you will be missed by the State of Israel, which so desperately needs a little innocence, honesty and giving. May your memory be blessed."
Rimon left behind 13 children from two different marriages. He published his memoirs in his book I Am a Negro.
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