The Tragedy That Wasn’t

On the way home to Beitar Illit, still in costume from a Purim party, five-year-old Mendy Friedman fell victim to a terrorist attack. As his father was driving, a cinderblock smashed into the back window of the car, spraying shards of glass on Mendy. The baby next to him was covered with his brother’s blood.

Fearing for their lives, Mr. Friedman gunned the motor, and kept speeding until he reached the gate of Beitar. The guard at the gate called for help and Mendy was rushed to the hospital where he was treated for cuts from flying glass.

Mendy was not hit by the cinderblock itself, baruch Hashem. Because of this, neither the army nor the police dealt with it as a terrorist attack, nor was it reported in the Israeli media.