Haredim hurled a stone at a female car driver in Beit Shemesh
on Wednesday, Ynet has learned. Vered Daniel's windshield was smashed but the she emerged unharmed, police confirmed. The attack apparently a response to her allegedly "immodest" attire.
Police have launched an investigation but no suspects have been traced thus far.
"My heart was pounding and all I wanted to do was get out of there," Daniel described her ordeal. "I was terrified. I had my baby with me."
Daniel told Ynet she arrived in Beit Shemesh to purchase a stroller, for her seven-month-old twins. "I was opening the trunk – I was on the phone – when I was pelted. Soon, actual rocks followed. I was helpless."
Two religious women exiting a nearby store rushed to the car to help Daniel get her daughter out of the way and all of them then ran back to the store to take cover.
According to Daniel, 10 minutes later the women helped her back to the car, and she was attempting to drive away when she was stoned once more.
(Photo: Noam Dvir)
"These were massive rocks. I held my hands up, I indicated that I was leaving, but they wouldn’t stop."
She further noted that her supposedly "immodest clothing" was a baggy, long black dress. "I knew where I was going and I took special care not to wear anything short or tight."
Beit Shemesh became notorious earlier this year after numerous reports began to surface about humiliation of and violence against women in the city.
Earlier this month, it was reported that a local supermarket
had instructed its customers to dress in a modest manner and provided them with black gowns. The Osher Ad supermarket later removed the signs.
Six months ago, a woman was lightly hurt after being attacked
in the city by dozens of haredim.
"They shattered all the windshields and threw stones at me. I begged them to stop, I promised to leave, but they wouldn't let me go," she later recounted.