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4 yr old Israeli Daniel Tregerman, murdered by Hamas rocket on Aug. 22, 2014.

When will Israel finally be given “permission” to effectively protect her citizens not only from Hamas, but also from the immoral shrieking masses?

Daniel Tregerman HY”D, a four year old Israeli child was killed on Friday, Aug.22 when Hamas launched a rocket directed towards Israel. The rocket was launched next to a school, which was being used as a shelter for Gazan citizens, according to the IDF Spokesperson.

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Will critics now stop blaming Israel for civilian injuries? Will criticism continue when the Israel Defense Force seeks to eliminate the mortal danger to its citizens by sending something more lethal than a post-it note to the civilian and other “morally protected” areas from which lethal weapons are launched at its citizens? That’s doubtful.

But whether the Israeli leadership stop listening to those shrieking masses is more to the point. Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu said after the attack that Hamas will pay a heavy price for  “this terrible terrorist attack.” What price will that be? Is the threat credible?

Tregerman was struck by shrapnel from cars parked outside his home in the border community of Sha’ar HaNegev. The cars sustained a direct hit and the shrapnel tore through the walls of his home. He died shortly afterwards from his injuries.

Gila and Doron Tregerman have two younger children, whom they were able to protect from the shrapnel.

The family had left the rocket-battered community when the violence was raging earlier this summer, but recently returned as ceasefires and Israeli authority assurances seemed to warrant.

Inevitably, reports of the murder of 4 year old Daniel have been met with retorts of the number of Palestinian Arab children killed during the conflict.  Until the public and the media are able to distinguish between intended civilian deaths and deaths caused because terrorists shoot from behind the skirts of women and the school buildings of children, the immoral equivalency war will continue.

Correction/Update: The IDF updated their report: Hamas launched the rocket next to the school, but it is not a United Nations Refugee and Works Agency (UNRWA) shelter as they originally thought, but a shelter run by Hamas.

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Lori Lowenthal Marcus is a contributor to the JewishPress.com. A graduate of Harvard Law School, she previously practiced First Amendment law and taught in Philadelphia-area graduate and law schools. You can reach her by email: Lori@JewishPressOnline.com

46 COMMENTS

  1. Translated by me from a post is Israel’s 0404 news FB page:
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    Gila, mother of Daniel Turgman who was killed by a mortar round in a kibbutz in Sha’ar HaNegev: “After a mortar round had exploded earlier near structures on the kibbutz, we had planned to go to my parents in Kiryat Ono. The suitcases had already been prepared ahead of time. A moment before the deadly explosion I went to get Uri’s carrier off the laundry line and I met our neighbor. I asked him if they were going away and told him were just leaving.
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    I went inside the house and there was a “Color Red” [air raid alert]. The children were playing in a tent that was in the house. From the moment of the alarm and to the blast there were only 3 seconds and we didn’t have time to collect the children and get in to the protected area. Daniel had “Color Red” discipline and he always rushed to the protected area. The moment the siren went off he knew what to do and where to go. When everyone would get to the protected area Daniel would always say: “Now we’re all safe.”
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    He was a beautiful boy, smart and sensitive. So sweet… we wanted to see him grow up with his brothers and fulfill himself.”
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    https://www.facebook.com/www.0404.co.il

  2. May the Holy Hashem avenge this innocent childs untimely death.I’m very saddened to hear,when The little ones are hurt or killed in such evil of this madness going-on…such evil hatred just because some Nation is Called by Yahushua’s Name.Jealousy is the reason for this war with hamas’s with the Arab+Syrian+Islamic/Muslim Nations behind it backing it…..in order to kill the Jewish people,out of JEALOUSY….JUST LIKE ISAAC AND ISHMAEL….THIS IS WHERE THIS DERIVES FROM NO MATTER WHAT THEY NOW CALL THEIR PRESENT NAME! AND EVEN AS FAR BACK WITH CAIN+ABEL….ITS ALL OUT OF JEALOUSY!!!

  3. May the Holy Hashem avenge this innocent childs untimely death.I’m very saddened to hear,when The little ones are hurt or killed in such evil of this madness going-on…such evil hatred just because some Nation is Called by Yahushua’s Name.Jealousy is the reason for this war with hamas’s with the Arab+Syrian+Islamic/Muslim Nations behind it backing it…..in order to kill the Jewish people,out of JEALOUSY….JUST LIKE ISAAC AND ISHMAEL….THIS IS WHERE THIS DERIVES FROM NO MATTER WHAT THEY NOW CALL THEIR PRESENT NAME! AND EVEN AS FAR BACK WITH CAIN+ABEL….ITS ALL OUT OF JEALOUSY!!!

  4. May the Holy Hashem avenge this innocent childs untimely death.I’m very saddened to hear,when The little ones are hurt or killed in such evil of this madness going-on…such evil hatred just because some Nation is Called by Yahushua’s Name.Jealousy is the reason for this war with hamas’s with the Arab+Syrian+Islamic/Muslim Nations behind it backing it…..in order to kill the Jewish people,out of JEALOUSY….JUST LIKE ISAAC AND ISHMAEL….THIS IS WHERE THIS DERIVES FROM NO MATTER WHAT THEY NOW CALL THEIR PRESENT NAME! AND EVEN AS FAR BACK WITH CAIN+ABEL….ITS ALL OUT OF JEALOUSY!!!

  5. I am so sad for all children killed by such evilness . The Demons of ignorance and callousness in all War through time immemorial saddens the harts of all Godly lovable people like yourselves. We can only come to our knees in solemn prayer and ask our most holy Father for their deliverance into his heavenly realm. I believe that our God who has given us free will to live in love and goodness can see into the harts of all men and know that we desire peace. Israel is a great nation that sits among the demons in black . We as this nation will overcome all destructive and venomous actions by such enemy’s. The world will see that Israel stands for all . God bless Israel . <3

  6. I am so sad for all children killed by such evilness . The Demons of ignorance and callousness in all War through time immemorial saddens the harts of all Godly lovable people like yourselves. We can only come to our knees in solemn prayer and ask our most holy Father for their deliverance into his heavenly realm. I believe that our God who has given us free will to live in love and goodness can see into the harts of all men and know that we desire peace. Israel is a great nation that sits among the demons in black . We as this nation will overcome all destructive and venomous actions by such enemy’s. The world will see that Israel stands for all . God bless Israel . <3

  7. Sweet-looking and handsome boy! This war, for the sake of all the children must be ended

    Israel must eradicate the vile beasts of Hamas quickly and NOW. A quick and violent end will bring bring “calm” to the south sooner than the slow pinpricks of bombing. One cannot win a war from the air alone.

  8. Yesterday I urged conservatives to challenge jihadists and their enablers in international tribunals, including the U.N. Our ACLJ international affiliate, the European Centre for Law and Justice, sent a letter to the U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights detailing Hamas’s war crimes and describing exactly how her accusations against Israel lead to further use of human shields and further abuse of civilian facilities.

    Today, we escalated our efforts, sending a letter to the U.N. secretary general, Ban Ki-Moon, demanding an investigation into potential U.N. complicity in Hamas war crimes:

    In light of our commitment to the rule of law in international affairs, we were distressed to learn of the intentional misuse of UNRWA facilities in the Gaza Strip in support of Hamas operatives in their attacks on Israel, a UN member state in good standing, in obvious violation of principles enunciated in the UN Charter, a number of UN Security Council resolutions, and International Humanitarian Law (IHL) . The very reputation and legitimacy of the UN and its various arms and agencies are at stake, especially since Hamas is widely recognised as a terrorist organisation. Further, the return to Hamas of the rockets unlawfully stored in UNRWA facilities strongly suggests that UNRWA employees may be acting in concert and/or co-operating with Hamas operatives in unlawfully attacking a UN member state. That cannot be tolerated and may, in fact, constitute a war crime . At a minimum, it places in question the legitimacy and impartiality of all UNRWA operations in Gaza.

    In fact, there’s evidence that the U.N.’s cooperation with Hamas went beyond storing rockets at UNRWA facilities. A U.N. facility actually contained a booby-trapped terror tunnel opening that detonated, collapsing a UNWRA health clinic and killing three IDF soldiers:

    An Israeli elite squad searching for tunnels near Khan Younis uncovers a booby-trapped opening in a small UNRWA health clinic.

    The troops send in sniffing dogs and a small robot to minimize damage to the structure, but despite the precautionary measures, the explosives rigged to the tunnel are detonated, demolishing the building on top of the soldiers.

    I’ve said this before, and I’ll say it again. Because each Hamas rocket is launched indiscriminately at Israeli civilians, from civilian areas, by fighters wearing civilian clothes, each Hamas rocket launch is a war crime. Each Hamas rocket launch from a civilian structure (or other military use of a civilian structure) converts that structure into a military target. If and when the U.N. participates in any piece of that illegal and deadly puzzle, then it is not only a co-conspirator in Hamas war crimes, its facilities are exposed to lawful military attack.

    Our letter calls for a Commission of Inquiry to thoroughly investigate UNRWA’s activities in Gaza:

    We believe that time is of the essence in this matter. We strongly urge you to act without delay in establishing such a commission. Until such an investigation takes place and effective measures are put in place to preclude future violations of UNRWA’s protected status, the impartiality of UNRWA will remain in question, and Israeli doubts about the sanctity of UNRWA facilities will be fully justified. It is, therefore, in everyone’s interest that an unbiased commission composed of otherwise disinterested persons of unquestioned integrity be appointed forthwith. If UN facilities wish to enjoy the protection of international law, they must comply fully with the requirements of international law and be used solely for non-military purposes.

    It is not sufficient, by the way, to respond to this inquiry like former secretary of state Hillary Clinton, excusing war crimes by saying, “Hamas puts its missiles, its rockets in civilian areas; part of it is because Gaza is pretty small and it’s densely populated.” Hamas’s inconvenience is not an excuse for the use of human shields.

  9. They are threatening Israel with war crimes that’s what they’re doing. Maby they can send a delegation to monitor the situation. Hopefully Hamas will think they are informers and,
    Well you know what hamas does to informers……

  10. STOP LYING. YOU SEEK ONLY BLOOD AND DEATH. ALL LIES ON GAZA WERE EXPOSED ALREADY. YOU ARE JUST A JEW-HATER! there´s no peace possible with mentality like yours. WHERE IS YOUR OUTRAGE ON THE 1,500 PAL CHILDREN KILLED COLD BLOOD BY “YOUR” SAVAGE BROTHERS? SHAME ON YOU HYPOCRITE!

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