April 18, 2011, - 2:33 am

Very Sad: Daniel Viflic, on Israeli School Bus Hit By HAMAS, Murdered @ 16

By Debbie Schlussel

Over a week ago, I told you about the HAMAS rocket attack on an Israeli school bus in Israel’s Negev region.  The miracle was that the bus–normally filled with at least 50 kids–had just dropped off all of the 50 children. But Daniel Viflic, a 16-year-old boy, who would normally not be on that bus but for a visit to see his grandmother, was on the bus.  Viflic was critically injured, and fighting to survive.  Sadly, he died Sunday, yet another innocent Israeli victim of Islamic terrorism.  (In the picture, below, he is wearing a black hat because that is the traditional garb of some Orthodox Jews.)  His funeral was held on Sunday Night in the Israeli city of Beit Shemesh [House of the Sun]. Yes, about that peace process Barack Obama and the others keep pushing, this is what HAMAS means by “peace”:

Daniel Viflic: Innocent Kid Murdered by HAMAS at Age 16

That Was Then . . .


This Is Now . . .


Daniel Viflic, who was hit by an anti-tank missile fired at a school bus in the Negev 10 days ago has died of his wounds. The 16-year-old has been fighting for his life in the Soroka University Medical Center in Beersheba since the terror attack. His condition deteriorated last week.

Daniel’s father, Yitzhak Viflic, who sat at his son’s bedside in his final hours, said “I would like to thank all those who prayed for us and supported us from around the world. . . . Daniel struggled for his life and was calm when he passed away.” . . .

Chief of Pediatric ICU at Soroka Medical Center, Professor Shaul Sofer, said: “Unfortunately Daniel passed away this afternoon. We were not surprised by his passing – he arrived in critical condition, and within a short time his brain stopped functioning. . . .

According to Sofer, “Daniel arrived at the hospital without blood pressure, after being resuscitated. He suffered from shrapnel that penetrated his brain, and had subsequently stopped breathing, which prevented oxygen from reaching his brain.” . . .

Benny Chen, who knew the family from the time they lived in Hong Kong said: “The father met the mother [DS: Tamar Viflic] in Hong Kong where she converted to Judaism and made aliyah [DS: Hebrew term for when a Jew moves to Israel] out of love for the Land of Israel. They came here to set up a family and raise their children in Israel. Daniel and his sister were their only children.

“They managed to fit in well with the local community, they were quiet and loved by all. The boy Daniel was not meant to be on the bus. He came to visit his grandmother, slept over and the driver who knew him asked to take him for a ride. A ride from which he never returned.”

Zion Yemini, the driver of the school bus . . . was also hit by the missile. . . . Yemini has yet to drive again. “I have pain in my ears and ribs. I have nightmares and reoccurring flashes when I close my eyes. I still see wounded Daniel and how I tried to help him.”

Say a prayer for Daniel and his family, who will have to celebrate Passover tonight without their son. Sadly, like most Jews today, only Daniel is truly free, since Jews around the world are never free from anti-Semitism and Islamic terrorism . . . until they are dead.  Tonight, during the seder, we Jews traditionally spill drops of wine from our cups to symbolize the blood of our enemies, the Egyptians, and our sorrow for them and the ten plagues they endured.  But remember that these are the ancient Egyptians who died out, not the current species, a bunch of savage Muslims, just like the HAMAS Palestinians.  I will never spill drops of wine for these people.  Never.  Where are the ten plagues when  you need them?

Daniel Viflic, Zichrono LiVrachah [Blessed Be His Memory].  May G-d–and Israel–avenge his death.

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25 Responses

I blame Israel’s foolish leaders for the boy’s death.

In the face of Arab barbarism, they practice scrupulous restraint.

No other country practices the Christian doctrine of turning the other cheek as literally as Israel.

Thanks to allowing Hamas free run of Gaza, a beautiful Jewish kid named Daniel Viflic is dead.

The people who were supposed to protect him and fellow Israelis, failed in their most elementary duty. Its really sad!

NormanF on April 18, 2011 at 4:18 am

Sorry, Norman. I blame the islamic terrorists who killed Daniel and so many others for this barbaric act. While I disagree with the politicians who keep insisting that the way to stop Islamic terrorism is to cave in to their ridiculous demands, the people responsible for all of the terrorism in the Middle East are Islamic and should be identified as such. Israel AND the United States need strong leaders who are not afraid to identify the enemy clearly and then to take them out.

DG in GA on April 18, 2011 at 9:20 am

Well said DG in GA. Until we have leaders who are not afraid to point out the Koranic compulsion to subjugate and kill infidels, there can be no genuine response to the Islamic fascism runnimg rampant all over the globe.

John on April 18, 2011 at 9:51 am

If we can’t get Alan Rickman to do “My Name Is Vittorio Arrigoro”, maybe he will do “My Name Is Daniel Viflic”….

nah, I don’t think so.

Gerry on April 18, 2011 at 10:16 am

That should read “Vittorio Arrigoni”, but the thoughts the same.

Gerry on April 18, 2011 at 10:19 am

It is appropriate to not only blame HAMAS and their ilk for such homicidal acts, but those who enable them. Also, it should be recognized by now that HAMAS does not have an independent existence, but is a wholly owned Iranian subsidiary. If its nominal leadership actually did try to negotiate any serious deal with Israel, it would be a futile and lethal decision for them. This is not to say that the Palestinians are not entirely culpable when these attacks occur, since time and again they have expressed in the most grotesque manner their approval of them.

worry01 on April 18, 2011 at 11:14 am

I agree with Norman. The leaders who fail to forcefully fight back are almost as blameworthy as the Hamas Nazis.

Jonathan Grant on April 18, 2011 at 11:49 am

    Jon, I’m not absolving the Arab Nazi HAMAS – they’re proud they kill a Jewish boy and may G-d avenge his blood!

    I do feel that Israel’s havlaga policy gets Jews killed. There is no reason in the world Daniel Vflic had to die.

    Until the Hamas regime is eliminated, more Jews will die.

    Israel can eliminate evil or face more Vflics being buried in the future.

    That’s my feeling exactly – Jews deserve to live and Israel’s government should be less concerned with world opinion and more concerned with protecting their lives.

    Its that simple.

    NormanF on April 18, 2011 at 7:26 pm

One large issue here–missed by many–is that evil for all intents and purposes is sanctioned by our quite perverse addiction to “process.”

Diplomacy rarely has worked in the entire history of mankind, but, it’s “what governments do,” until they finally accomplish their goals by war.

A subset of this is the remarkable notion that the lives of “leaders” are of infinitely more value than the citizens. Thus, it was better for 55 million people to die than to just target Hitler and top Nazis. (Or to kill 600,000 people instead of just letting the South secede, ignoring the fact that the New England states wanted to secede a few decades earlier.)

To frankly state that there is no point in negotiating with (fill in the blank) is to admit that the process does not work, and therefore the model is broken. This, of course, can never be, because what would diplomats do??

Thus, the countless absurd consequences, including Arafat getting the Nobel peace prize, and suicidal Israeli restraint.

Upon a moment’s reflection, you will notice that the addiction to process has consequences far beyond the Middle East. The result is millions, if not billions of people operating under broken models.

One example: Parents pursuing the expensive and worthless notion of “getting their children into the best schools.” I guess they haven’t spoken to any unemployed or underemployed 4.0 Ivy grads.

Another: Pursuing medicine as a career in the U.S., unless you truly do not care that the money basically sucks (unless you are an established Beverly Hills plastic surgeon), and there is almost no freedom in how you treat patients, and there is no such thing anymore as a doctor/patient relationship.

Red Ryder on April 18, 2011 at 12:02 pm

While those who are Jewish will be celebrating the holiday of Passover this evening, Hamas, its co-conspirators and supporters, will be handing out cake and candy in celebration of Daniel’s passing. Sadly, too, Hillary, and the White House, will be tuned in to their favorite news source, widely reported today, and in the past, to be al Jazeera, who will never, ever show that Islamic celebration of a Jewish boy’s death by pure evil.

Neils60 on April 18, 2011 at 12:08 pm


But of course. Most Jews support these Democrat miscreants because their grandparents voted for FDR–who himself was no friend of the Jews.

Another broken model….

Red Ryder on April 18, 2011 at 12:14 pm

    FDR was proud of the fact that he cut Jewish admissions to Harvard in half. He also was opposed to Israel. He was a scumbag.

    Occam's Tool on April 18, 2011 at 3:52 pm

One small point in this article that I would consider erroneous – the ancient Egyptians did not die out – the Copts are their direct descendants. As was pointed out on this website previously, the Copts, by and large, despite facing insitutionalized discrimination and occasional outright persecution by the Arabic, Muslim majority in Egypt, pander to this Muslim majority, embracing Jew-hatred and hostility toward Israel. The Coptic pope, Shenouda, has made outrageously antisemitic comments, documented on this site some weeks ago.

commonsense on April 18, 2011 at 12:41 pm

How could a jew be innocent,

PW: Hey, our Jew-hating Muslim friend, Kay Idriss is back from the ODESSA reunion. DS

pal win on April 18, 2011 at 1:10 pm

    What a dumb comment.

    The Arabs are psychopaths who think moral norms don’t apply to them.

    That’s why they take such insolent pride in murdering Jewish kids. Its low even for you to think Jews deserve it!

    My criticism concerns the fact Israel does nothing when Jews are under fire. Bombing empty buildings don’t count.

    But you disgust me.

    NormanF on April 18, 2011 at 7:48 pm

Hopefully the family can find some comfort and peace in the not too distant future. Can’t imagine having to deal with the murder of one’s child. Nothing could be worse than that.

Jack Meyhoffer on April 18, 2011 at 1:15 pm

Another casualty of the religion of peace. Good work on Debbie’s part exposing yet another Muslim atrocity.

Seek on April 18, 2011 at 1:45 pm

Is Israel’s leadership blameless for this death? I think not. Why doesn’t Israel retaliate?

Dr Dale on April 18, 2011 at 2:05 pm

I saw this on another site as well. I pray & hope Yehoveh avenges these atrocities really soon

John B. Martyn on April 18, 2011 at 3:15 pm

DS said: I will never spill drops of wine for these people. Never. Where are the ten plagues when you need them?

DITTO that. Daniel was a beautiful boy and my deepest sympathy to his parents and family. DS thanks for this very sad update.

NancyB on April 18, 2011 at 4:58 pm

Nor will I. There are some people who quite simply don’t deserve our compassion.

I will never spill wine for those take delight in murdering Jews.

And too many Jews are still slaves. That’s why Passover will never end and even if that day comes we must remember our freedom is given to us to serve G-d and do His will here on earth.

NormanF on April 18, 2011 at 7:52 pm

Tonight, during the seder, we Jews traditionally spill drops of wine from our cups to symbolize the blood of our enemies, the Egyptians, and our sorrow for them and the ten plagues they endured. But remember that these are the ancient Egyptians who died out, not the current species, a bunch of savage Muslims, just like the HAMAS Palestinians. I will never spill drops of wine for these people. Never. Where are the ten plagues when you need them?

Precisely!!! The ancient Egyptians just wanted to drive the Hebrews away from their own home, or retain them as slaves, but they did not want to wipe them out. That’s not the case w/ Muslims – even if Jews hypothetically moved to Siberia, Muslims would still be after them.

Infidel Pride on April 19, 2011 at 3:38 am

Of course, absolutely no one deserves to die. May god take care of Daniel’s soul. But what about all of the innocent civilians in Palestine that were killed, and who had absolutely no media coverage? Do they label Israel as a terrorist organization?

Sure, you can call HAMAS a terrorist organization, but that serves no justice for the thousands that were killed by Israeli soldiers.

HAMAS just simply fights back.

Summer on April 20, 2011 at 7:00 pm

Such a senseless tragedy. So much evil in the world and so discouraging that there are hordes of people who support these wicked barbarians.

Debbie, I am not sure why you pointed out that the boy’s mother was a convert, but, according to halacha, you are not supposed to mention that — at least, that’s my understanding.

How sad that this family came to Israel to live their dream and something so unimaginably devastating happened.

B: Please do not lecture me on Jewish law, as I am well aware. Jewish law says you are not allowed to discriminate against or otherwise denigrate someone for being a convert to Judaism. I did no such thing. I merely posted a newspaper article about the tragedy that mentioned it. And the reason I kept that part in is that it shows what a tremendous sacrifice this Jew by choice made in converting, leaving her home and culture, etc. to come to live in Israel and raise a Jewish family. And after all that, her son is murdered by HAMAS. This was praise and notice of her sacrifice, not denigration. She is to be commended, in addition to being comforted in her time of grief. DS

batyah on April 21, 2011 at 11:51 pm

    What Debbie’s comment to you said was the way I read it too, Batyah—I’m agreeing with Debbie. For example, the most famous Convert of the 20th Century that I know of was Sammy Davis, Jr. (who my father absolutely adored).

    The usual response of most Jews I know to those who convert is admiration for their tremendous courage and risk taking. Or, as the joke goes, When Sammy Davis was told that the UN said that Zionism is racism, he said, “Great! Now I can hate Myself!”

    Occam's Tool on July 15, 2011 at 4:16 pm

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