The Meshulam family miracle


The Meshulam family miracle of 1995
David Wilder

The Meshulam family of Hebron had an unwelcome intruder on
Sunday morning January 15, 1995. At about 9:15 AM, when
only 10-year-old daughter Bat-El was home, an unarmed LOWE
missile tore through the Meshulam's kitchen window at Beit
Shneerson, blasting a hole in the kitchen wall.
Fortunately, Bat-El was sleeping in her room at the time of
the attack and was not injured.

The missile was apparently one of ten stolen from an
Israeli army base three months ago. It was unarmed because
it was used for training purposes. Had it contained a
loaded warhead, it would have destroyed most of the four-
story building. LOWE missiles are generally used in anti-
tank combat. They destroy tanks.

The sound of the missile launch was heard by Jewish
residents of Hebron in the Beit Hadassah-Beit Shneerson
neighborhood. When they reported the blast to patrolling
soldiers they were told that it had occurred at a great
distance from the Jewish Quarter. Only when Bat-El ran
outside and notified neighbors that "something had exploded
in the kitchen" did everyone realize the enormity of the

Hebron leaders met that day with high-ranking military
officers and with Assistant Secretary of Defense Mordechi
Gur immediately following the attack. A military spokesman
claimed that "because there were no casualties, this cannot
be considered an escalation of Arab terror."

The Meshulam family moved from Rechovot to Hebron three
months ago. The following are excerpts from a radio
interview (Kol Yisrael) with 10-year old Bat-El an hour
after the missile attack.

Kol Yisrael: Why did your family move from Rechovot to
Bat-El: We wanted to help strengthen the Jewish Community
of Hebron.
Kol-Yisrael : Did you participate in making the decision
to move to Hebron.
Bat-El: Yes, the whole family made decision together.
Kol Yisrael: What were you doing when the missile crashed
into your kitchen?
Bat-El: I was sleeping in my room because I don't feel
Kol Yisrael: When you realized that it was a missile were
you scared.
Bat-El: No.
Kol Yisrael: Do you want to stay in Hebron.
Bat-El: Yes. I feel very lucky to live in Hebron.
Kol Yisrael: Why?
Bat-El: This is the City of the Patriarchs. I live near
Ma'arat HaMachpela (the Tomb of the Patriarchs). I have
the privilege to pray there.
Kol Yisrael: What are you going to do now?
Bat-El: I'm going to walk to Ma'arat HaMachpela to say
"Birchat HaGomel" (a blessing of thanksgiving) for the
miracle that happened to me this morning.

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