May 14, 2006 - Daniel Wultz, 16, of Weston, Florida, the 11th victim of the April 17 suicide bombing at the Rosh Ha'ir shawarma restaurant, near the old central bus station in Tel Aviv, died of his wounds on May 14. The Islamic Jihad claimed responsibility for the attack.
Daniel and his parents came to Israel to visit for Passover. He and his father Yekutiel (Tuly), originally from Israel, wanted to eat shawarma, one of Daniel’s favorite foods, and the taxi driver who drove them recommended “Rosh Ha'ir” near Tel Aviv's old central bus station. They were having lunch when a Palestinian suicide bomber detonated 5 kilograms of explosives. Eleven people, including Daniel, died as a result of the attack.
When he was rushed to the Sourasky Medical Center, accompanied by his father also wounded in the attack, Daniel begged doctors “keep me alive” - then lost consciousness. He underwent emergency surgery for 12 hours, followed by four additional operations. After briefly regaining consciousness, he ultimately succumbed to multiple organ failure on May 14.
Daniel, a top student in the tenth grade at the David Posnack Hebrew Day School in Plantation, Florida who loved basketball and hoped to one day become a rabbi, was described by friends yesterday as a deeply spiritual teenager who was committed to his community.
"Daniel is best that they come," said his rabbi, Yisroel Spalter, in a telephone interview from Florida. "He was the sweetest, most sincere, committed and determined young man." Spalter, the head of the Chabad synagogue in Weston, has known the Wultz family for the past decade, but had become increasingly close to Daniel in the past year and a half, after the teen decided to become religiously observant.
Daniel was supposed to take part in a yearly class trip to Israel organized by his school. Instead, his classmates, some 30 students, visited the hospital to pray for their friend’s recovery.
Danielle Hadar, a girl in Daniel’s class and acquaintance of the Wultz family, related, “He was a really nice kid who played basketball and very much believed in prayer and Judaism. When we heard that he was wounded we were shocked and there was total silence in the school. It turned into a very sad place.” Daniel's father described him as "a very warm boy, athletic, strongwilled and a great believer in God.”
Daniel's mother Cheryl was on her way to meet her husband and son when the attack took place, and has been at his bedside ever since. His sister Amanda, a college student at Tufts University in Massachusetts, arrived in Israel with Cheryl's mother, Margie Cantor, several days later. Additional family members from the US also arrived to offer their support.
Daniel Wultz was flown home for burial in South Florida following a memorial service in Jerusalem. He is survived by his parents, Yekutiel and Sheryl, and his sister, Amanda.