Parents of Israeli Child Killed in Mortar Strike Ask UN: Recognize Our Loss
The parents of the four-and-a-half-year-old Israeli child who was killed last week in a Hamas mortar attack on his kibbutz Nahal Oz, on Thursday wrote UN Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon, and asked him to recognize war crimes against Israelis.
“I address you after your announcement to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, to establish an international investigation Committee to investigate ‘Israel’s crime’ in the recent fighting in Gaza,” Gila and Doron Tregerman wrote.
The couple, who had three children, Daniel 4.5 yrs, Yoval 3.5 yrs and Uri 4 months old, “constantly [wondered] whether not to abandon Nahal Oz and move to another location, quieter, safer, far from rocket fire from Gaza, and far away from the alarms.
“Then came the threat of terrorist tunnels, which Hamas members dug from Gaza to Israel under our home to hurt us. At night we heard noises and voices digging beneath us. Thus, in the last six months our children slept with the window closed and locked. We were afraid that they will be kidnapped from us.
“Can you imagine our life, Mr. Secretary-General? How do you live in constant fear of mortar shell and terrorists emerging from tunnels?”
On Friday [August 22], Daniel was killed from a mortar shell that was shot by terrorists from Gaza. “He died in our hands,” Gila wrote. “Daniel died in front of his little sister and his best friend Yoval, 3.5 years old; he died in front of Uri, only four months old and right before our eyes, his mother and father.”
Hamas fired the shell that killed Daniel “from an elementary school for boys in Gaza City. It wasn’t a stray shell. It wasn’t accidental death. From that school terrorists fired deliberately to the kibbutz to murder civilians — children, women, old people. This time they also achieved the goal. Daniel was killed almost immediately. ”
In the first moments after the strike, “Daniel’s father, Doron, covered him with a blanket while crying bitterly and we escaped from home with two small children, leaving our precious son behind, in order to protect them from bombings who continued to explode around the house.
“Yoval, Daniel’s sister saw the terrifying sight and understood that something terrible happened. It is unbearable to watch that little child staring at the wall, in overwhelming silence with teardrops from her eyes,” they wrote.
During the week-long ‘shiv’ah’ (Jewish ritual of mourning) at Doron’s parents home, the couple “heard of your decision to appoint an international investigation Committee to investigate ‘Israel’s crime’ in the recent fighting in Gaza.
“You informed Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu half an hour after our Daniel was killed, perhaps while he was lying dead in our living room, covered in a blanket.
“The investigation Committee will examine the ‘crimes of Israel’ during the fighting,” Gila wrote, adding bitterly, that “The investigation Committee is not asked to investigate how terrorists shoot out of UN buildings and schools.”
“The Committee is not asked to investigate how inside buildings of the United Nations and in hospitals in Gaza terrorist infrastructure flourish and maintain over time, or how from these places terrorists left for activity aimed against innocent people.
“It wouldn’t investigate how Hamas is abusing the Palestinian people, and how its members impose on residents of Gaza, even on children, digging tunnels aimed only for terrorism against Israel.
“It wouldn’t investigate how after these excavations carried out under duress and in slave-like conditions, the Hamas murdered the diggers, even the children, just to be sure they won’t be able to pass information to Israel.
“Why are you silent? Does your silence indicate consent with the abuse of the Palestinian people and the Israeli people?
“The answers to these questions will remain unknown,” she wrote, asking if Ban “and the UN do not see the links that make up the global terrorism picture?”
“The terrorists units, fully equipped and full of hatred that attacked us in our homes, are the same units that kidnapped 43 UN observers in Syria; They are the same units that decapitated innocent people in Syria and Iraq; those units crashed aircrafts into crowded buildings in 2001 in New York; those units threaten the essence of democratic life, and life itself, in Europe, in the United States and anywhere on the planet,” they wrote.
“…My husband’s parents, Doron, also live near the border fence and three and a half years ago a Qassam rocket exploded and destroyed their home.
“Up until a few years ago they had good relations with the residents of Gaza. They hired workers from Gaza to work in their fields and Paulina, Daniel’s grandmother, drove them home – to Rafah, every evening after work. They use to invite each other for weddings and other celebrations and often traveled to Rafah or Gaza to enjoy life at cafes there.
“All that ended when Hamas rose to power and ordered the civilians who worked in Israel, to kill their Israeli employers; otherwise, Hamas would hurt their families. Daniel’s grandparents used to tell us this, longing and hoping that the good proximity will resume. They even found ways to maintain contact with their friends from Gaza during the mortar shelling. Like the parents of Doron and their friends from Gaza, we want to live in good proximity, in peace and security. It is our hope that our neighbors, the people of Gaza will be able to live peacefully in their homes and build and develop their beautiful country. We believe that the vast majority of the people on this plant do not want to see the sights of blood, tears and fire of the radical Islam movement, but to live peacefully, enjoy kid’s laughter, wait for a better tomorrow.
“We do not seek the people responsible for our Daniel’s death.
“We only wish your response and your voice against this crime and the crime Hamas committed against their own people.
“Gila and Doron Tregerman
“Parents of Daniel (RIP), Yoval and Ori
“Nahal Oz, Israel”.