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‏Parents of 4-Year-old Mortar Shell Victim Ask Ban Ki-moon ‘Why’?’

Thursday, September 4th, 2014

Below is a copy of a letter sent to U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon by Gila and Doron Tregerman, the parents of four-year-old Daniel, who was killed in a Hamas mortar attack on their home in Kibbutz Nahal Oz.

 

Dear Sir

My name is Gila, I am an Israeli citizen, and I am a resident of Kibbutz Nahal Oz, near the border with Gaza.

A week ago, we lost our elder son, Daniel 4.5 yrs old, which was killed by a mortar shell, fired from Gaza into Israel deliberately.

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.

About us: Doron and I were married five years ago and we have three amazing kids: Daniel, 4.5 yrs, Yoval, 3.5 yrs and Uri, 4 months old. We were a happy family. We lived in Kibbutz Nahal Oz near Gaza, and found ourselves constantly debating 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?

Then, last Friday [August 22], Daniel was killed. All the precautions that we have taken have failed. Daniel, 4.5 yrs old, was killed in our House, while playing with Yoval in a tent built indoors and not outside, because it’s dangerous.

He was killed from a mortar shell that was shot by terrorists from Gaza; he died in our hands. 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.

We failed.

We couldn’t protect our beautiful and talented baby. Daniel was killed from a mortar shell that was fired by Hamas members 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. 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 [that] 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.

This week, while [at] the “shiv’ah”(Jewish ritual of mourning) at Doron’s parents home, we 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. The investigation Committee is not asked to investigate how terrorists shoot out of U.N. 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 terrorist left for activity aimed against innocent people.

Human Rights NGO Informs UN’s Ban: Hamas is the Bad Guy in Gaza

Friday, August 15th, 2014

For an entity that maintains access to a lot of important addresses, the Simon Wiesenthal Center sets the mold for firm but polite.

The leadership of the Jewish, pro-Israel Human Rights non-governmental organization met with the secretary general of the United Nations, Ban Ki-moon, on Tuesday, August 13.

Sometimes even people who value diplomacy and access feel compelled to inform a gracious (at least outwardly) host that he’s chosen the wrong party to back. And the SWC leadership was unequivocal in the message they delivered, even while coaching the verbiage in friend-to-friend terms.

After the United Nations meeting yesterday, the SWC presented Ban with a letter detailing the ways in which Hamas is the evildoer in the Gaza conflict, and gently reminding him that the U.N. has been hammering the wrong party – Israel – repeatedly.

After thanking the secretary general for meeting with them, the authors of the letter immediately launch into a bold, unequivocal statement:

we must frankly ask you how many times will the world allow itself to be held hostage to Hamas? This is the third time since 2005 when Israel unilaterally left Gaza that Hamas has brought death and destruction to the people of Gaza. Once again they are using the people of Gaza, the civilian infrastructure and UN facilities in its non-stop campaign to terrorize the Jewish state.

After asking the million dollar rhetorical question and plainly stating the general point, the SWC proceeds with what it calls, “a number of truths that must not be ignored.”

Among those truths are: Israel never willfully targeted any Palestinian civilians; the U.N. must act quickly to repair its “tarnished integrity” caused by UNRWA having allowed itself to become an instrument of Hamas.

NO MORE UNRWA IN GAZA

The SWC states plainly that UNRWA must not be permitted to continue in its role of funds distributor or auditor, as it has failed at both. Again, the rhetoric soars:

The systemic hijacking of previous aid, cement and building materials by Hamas to build an underground superhighway of terror is scandalous and a violation of the wishes of the donors who did not contribute funds for rockets or tunnels. Those who failed to stop such theft and serial abuse of humanitarian aid must be held accountable and should not have any involvement in supervising or dispersing of future funds.

NAVI PILLAY SHOULD BE CENSURED

The Jewish pro-Israel NGO then comments on the eruption of “anti-Semitism and genocidal hatred against Israel from Europe to Australia,” while the UN’s own High Commissioner for Human Rights, Navi Pillay, has actually contributed to it, rather than attempted to disarm it, “by being so rabidly one-sided in her criticisms of Israel.” The SWC calls on Ban to issue a public censure of Pillay:

During her tenure there was no effort to investigate previous crimes against humanity by Hamas, including its own admission that 160 Palestinian children died building their terrorism tunnels.

TAKE SPOTLIGHT OFF ISRAEL, ESPECIALLY GIVEN GLOBAL DISASTERS

And the U.N. secretary general must also help “ensure that the upcoming U.N. General Assembly, which is confronted with a human rights disaster of epic proportions in Syria, with ethnic cleansing in Iraq, with a difficult situation in Ukraine and with continuing human rights outrages in North Korea, not be allowed to degenerate into an anti-Israel hate fest.”

19 VIOLATIONS OF INTERNATIONAL LAW BY HAMAS

The letter concludes with eight additional pages in which 19 separate violations of international law are laid out. These include rocket attacks directed at Israel’s civilian population centers; staging attacks from residential areas and protected sites (such as schools, medical facilities and places of worship); booby-trapping civilian areas; using human shields;  exploiting children; interfering with humanitarian relief efforts; using the uniform of the enemy; targeting civilian objects; mistreating the dead.

Outrage Manifesto: An Open Letter to Ban Ki Moon

Monday, August 11th, 2014

It is remarkable that the UN expresses such criticism of Israel for the number of civilian deaths that occurred in Gaza, but no such outrage at Hamas for the ongoing traumatization of Israeli citizens who have had their lives disrupted by ongoing sirens and rockets fired at them from across the border.

I am outraged that at least two generations of Israeli citizens in the south have not known peace, they spend their lives ‘hyper alert’ to sirens, to run for safety, while the terrorists from across the border have only one mission, to destroy them.

I am outraged that a terror organization with a manifesto to “Kill The Jews Wherever They May Be, and to ‘Push Israel Into the Sea’ is suddenly defined as an elected “Government.”

I am outraged that the foreign press and social media sees fit to traumatize the world with images of dying women and children at the hands of the Israeli Aggressor without being held accountable for their criminal acts against humanity – the innocent citizens of Israel, now not only in the south, but in the north and center of this country.

I am outraged at the bastardization of the world media who continue to scapegoat Jews and Israel, while turning a blind eye to Muslims murdering other Muslims in the name of Allah.

I am outraged at Christian children being beheaded in the name of Allah, by a group that is now a self-declared Islamic State, while the world focuses on Israel’s alleged so-called ‘criminal acts against humanity.’

Gaza has allowed the world to become hyper-vigilant towards Israel, and totally blind to the rise of radical Islam that has no qualms about destroying everyone in its wake, and that does not adhere to its own tenets.

I am outraged, Mr. Ban Ki-moon, at the United Nations hypocrisy. I am outraged that history has been forgotten, that in 1948 there was an attempt to give both the Jews and the Palestinians their own State, but the Palestinians chose their own Diaspora.

I am outraged that the citizens of Israel have not known a moment’s peace since 1948.

I am outraged, Mr. Ban Ki-moon that the members of the General Assembly of the United Nations have chosen in their bias to rewrite history.

I am outraged that the media has chosen to depict a biased one-sided presentation of the truth and that the United Nations has contributed to this collusion.

I am outraged that UNWRA has allowed itself to be “used” for criminal causes, while all the while purportedly stating that its schools are bastions of refuge and education. That is at the first level. One short level down, the schools are store-houses for ammunition, and launching pads. And I am outraged at the collusion of the United Nations and its employees in their unwillingness to take responsibility for the position they find themselves in, in Gaza, as the “blind supporters” by default, of acts of terrorism.

I am outraged at the hypocrisy of presenting a one-sided picture of the situation in Gaza without giving equal presentation of Israel’s citizens traumatized by the ongoing sirens that have disrupted daily life for more than ten years in the south, and which has spread like a cancer to the north and the center of this country.

I am outraged at the accusations of Israel as an Apartheid State, by those who question its very existence. I am outraged at the ongoing anti-Semitism that continues in 2014, only now it is euphemistically labeled ‘anti-Zionism.’

And all of this, while the United Nations gives tacit approval for this situation to continue. And while you, Mr. Ban Ki-moon, seem to forget the historical context within which that esteemed body voted to give Israel statehood.

‘Peace Talks’ in the Works on Anniversary of Gush Katif Expulsion

Wednesday, August 6th, 2014

Egypt and western leaders are preparing the groundwork for peace talks as Israel reportedly agreed to extend the 72-hour truce with Hamas on Wednesday, the ninth anniversary of the expulsion of Jews from Gush Katif in Gaza.

The current ceasefire is supposed to end 8 a.m. Friday.

Hamas and Islamic Jihad have rejected extending the halt in attacks on Israel and showed its muscle, at least in its tongue, but it warned it will renew missile attacks.

The war against Hamas was a follow-up to the so-called Disengagement plan executed today, on the Hebrew calendar, with the ballyhooed promises that removing Jews and the IDF from Gaza would make Hamas safe for Israel.

Nine years and 15,000 rocket and mortar shell attacks later, Israel lost 67 soldiers and civilians and again was cast as the villain for “disproportionate” retaliation against Hamas.

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu told foreign journalists Wednesday that Israel is maintaining the ceasefire and will not sit idly if it is violated, but the advantage is now in the hands of Hamas, unless it really is so stupid to go back to war on Friday.

Hamas has held the truce and continues to do so, knowing full well that it now has everything to gain as international leaders converge in Egypt, calculate the damage in Gaza, place the blame on Israel for defending itself “disproportionately” and turning Hamas into a legitimate entity that will be peace-loving if only Israel would allow Gaza to open an airport under the supposed supervision of the United Nations and if Israel simply would release more terrorists from jail.

That is a sensible demand by Hamas since once the terrorist organization used United Nations’ UNRWA organization, which has institutionalized desire for millions of Arabs through its “refugee camps” to store rockets. It also has been filmed using U.N. ambulances to transport its fighters, complete with machine guns. The IDF has provided aerial photography of Hamas firing rockets next to UNRWA facilities, including schools.

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry has stated that “peace talks” should be a direct continuation or the truce.

“Israel has expressed its readiness to extend the truce under its current terms,” and anonymous Israeli official was quoted as saying by the London Independent. Egyptian media also reported the extension.

The ceasefire gives international leaders room in the media to make their pitch for imposing a Western-style peace on Hamas, which does not recognize any existing agreements between Israel and the Palestinian Authority and which categorically calls for the destruction of the State of Israel.

But that is just idle talk, as far as peacemakers are concerned,

“We must spare no effort to turn the current calm into a durable ceasefire that addresses the underlying issues of the conflict,” U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon told Ban the General Assembly.

His Middle East peace envoy Robert Serry, a long-time supporter of Hamas told the meeting of the General Assembly from Cairo “It would be cynical and irresponsible if, yet again, the outcome of the talks would lead us to the previous status quo.”

Ban brought out the heartstrings, and said, “The massive death and destruction in Gaza have shocked and shamed the world. The senseless cycle of suffering in Gaza and the West Bank, as well as in Israel, must end.”

UNRWA chipped in by flying U.N. flags at half-mast across the Palestinian Authority in memory of 11 United Nations staffers killed in the war.

Lost in the verbal volume was the recollection that Gaza once upon a time enjoyed a flourishing economy under the “occupation” until Yasser Arafat’s terrorists, murdering Jews under the euphemism of the Palestine Liberation Organization, helped lead the intifada that began in Gaza.

Hamas Abduction Attack Mirrors Hezbollah Training

Friday, August 1st, 2014

Hamas has become Hezbollah. The Islamist terrorist group has learned well from its Iranian proxy benefactor, a fact Israel’s military leadership must adapt to quickly if they are to win this war.

For war it is.

At 9:30 am Friday, less than two hours after the start of a 72 hour humanitarian truce agreed to by both sides – arranged by the United Nations and the United States – Hamas violated the cease fire.

That is not news, because Hamas has violated every cease fire since the war began.

But this time, Hamas terrorists opened fire on IDF troops in the southern Gaza border town of Rafah and then succeeded in kidnapping one of the soldiers during the attack.

It was a classic Hezbollah move, similar to that carried out by the Lebanese terrorist group in the cross-border raid that launched the 2006 Second Lebanon War. Two IDF reservists, Ehud Goldwasser and Eldad Regev, were abducted and murdered in that attack, but it took two more years to learn about their deaths.

Two years, a German negotiator, a prisoner swap, thousands of hours of agony and talks and a nation torn apart. During that entire time, no one knew the status or condition of either one until the day their bodies crossed the border back into Israel, in two metal coffins.

The price was the release of one of the most savage terrorist child-killers Israel had ever imprisoned, Samir Kuntar, in addition to four other live terrorists and the remains of 199 dead Lebanese and Palestinian Arab terrorists.

A third IDF soldier, Gilad Shalit, had also been abducted — by Hamas — and spirited away to Gaza just a few days earlier. But that terror group eventually made it known that he was alive, at least. For Shalit, the price was even higher; more than 1,000 Palestinian Arab terrorists, including hundreds with ‘blood on their hands,’ were freed in exchange for his return to his family.

Hamas has learned a lot from Hezbollah since 2006. The Lebanese terror group has served as the conduit for generous patronage from Iran in the form of funding, equipment, weapons and special training.

From Hezbollah, Hamas learned how to create its underground bunkers and terror tunnel network, which now honeycombs the entire Gaza region. It’s a little bit like the New York subway system, except that it benefits only terrorists.

Mostly, it facilitates various forms of attacks on Israel, especially abductions of soldiers.

U.N. special envoy Robert Serry told reporters early Friday afternoon in a statement that two IDF soldiers and a number of Palestinian Arabs were killed during the attack by Hamas, which he referred to as a “serious incident.”

Serry added in his briefing, “The United Nations is not in a position to independently confirm these reports,” but added that if true, “this would constitute a serious violation of the humanitarian cease fire in place … by Gazan militant factions, which should be condemned in the strongest terms.”

Ban & Kerry Want New Cease Fire Amidst Ceaseless Rocket Fire From Gaza

Friday, August 1st, 2014

It’s been another rocket night in southern and central Israel, with Code Red sirens blaring and mortar shells flashing – in fact, the hits just keep on coming . . .

Israelis in the coastal cities of Ashkelon and Ashdod spent most of the night in their track shoes so they could make it to their shelters with ease. Gaza terrorists sent missiles flying towards both cities at least once or twice an hour for most of the evening.

Residents who still don’t have comfortable shelters or safe rooms were forced to make the trip back and forth quite often; those who have ‘mamads’ – Hebrew for ‘safe room’ – built into their apartments by now have learned to furnish it appropriately with comfort foods, games, electronic communication devices and other entertainment accessories.

Some Israelis were not as well equipped or fast enough, however and others were either too fast or simply in the wrong place at the wrong time. One was the victim who was badly hurt when their car was directly struck by a rocket.

In addition to eight people wounded by mortar fire in the Eshkol Regional Council district earlier in the day, six more were similarly injured Thursday evening. According to a report broadcast by Channel 2, the latest group was hurt when a mortar shell exploded in their midst after having been fired from Gaza.

A barrage of four Qassam rockets had also landed in Eshkol — and one in the Sha’ar HaNegev Regional Council district — barely an hour earlier.

In fact, according to Magen David Adom, 26 people were injured on Thursday alone due to Gaza rocket fire, bringing the total number of injured to 625 since the start of Operation Protective Edge. Of those, 117 have been treated for trauma and shock.

Terrorism against Israelis elsewhere in the country on Thursday evening involved rock attacks on the roads; a mother was forced to do some fancy driving to evade road terrorists on the Tali Tekumi highway near Jerusalem. She and her daughter were both wounded in that attack and her vehicle was damaged; both were evacuated to a nearby hospital for treatment. Security personnel are searching for the terrorists.

While all this is going on, the Qatar-based Al Jazeera satellite television network reported this evening that United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry are calling for another humanitarian cease fire, this one to last 72 hours. (Didn’t we just do that?)

No, I’m not kidding. Not about any of it.

UN Security Council Demands Gaza Cease Fire

Monday, July 28th, 2014

The United Nations Security Council agreed on a draft statement calling for a cease fire between the terrorists in Gaza and Israel, and will meet in an(0ther) emergency session at midnight, Sunday evening, July 27, east coast U.S. time.

The statement calls for an immediate humanitarian ceasefire and also urges the parties to come to a “durable and fully respected ceasefire, based on the Egyptian initiative.”

Israel and Hamas are urged by the Security Council statement “to accept and fully implement the humanitarian cease-fire into the Eid period and beyond.” The meeting is taking place during the Eid al-Fitr Muslim holiday, which comes at the end of the fasting month of Ramadan.

The statement also calls on the parties “to engage in efforts to achieve a durable and fully respected cease-fire, based on the Egyptian initiative.”

The ceasefire is aimed at assisting the civilians in Gaza. It also commends U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and U.N. Secretary General Ban ki-Moon.

There is no direct mention of Israel’s security from the dual terror threats of rockets from above and terrorism tunnels from below.

The statement expresses the hope for the parties “to achieve a comprehensive peace based on the vision of a region where two democratic states, Israel and Palestine, live side by side in peace with secure and recognized borders.”

It appears that the security council, along with most of the rest of the world, will continue to insist that two states be created whether or not there will be secure and recognized borders, and whether or not there is any correlation between the creation of a new state and peace in the region.

The presidential statement was drafted by the security council representative from Jordan, according to an AP report. A presidential statement requires the vote of all 15 members of the Security Council, but is not of the same stature as a security council resolution. Although the full council already agreed to approve the statement, the midnight meeting is necessary for all to vote.

DRAFT PRESIDENTIAL STATEMENT

The Security Council expresses grave concern regarding the deterioration in the situation as a result of the crisis related to Gaza and the loss of civilian lives and casualties.

The Security Council calls for full respect of international humanitarian law, including the protection of civilian population, and reiterates the need to take appropriate steps to ensure the safety and well-being of civilians and their protection.

The Security Council expresses strong support for the call by international partners and the Secretary-General of the United Nations for an immediate and unconditional humanitarian ceasefire, allowing for the delivery of urgently needed assistance, and they urged all parties to accept and fully implement the humanitarian ceasefire into the Eid period and beyond.  The Security Council commends the efforts of the Secretary-General of the United Nations and the U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry for their efforts in this regard.

The Security Council also calls on parties to engage in efforts to achieve a durable and fully respected ceasefire, based on the Egyptian initiative. In this regard, the Security Council welcomes the convening of the international meeting to support the ceasefire held in Paris on July 26, 2014 and  urges all concerned regional and international parties to vigorously support efforts to consolidate an agreement between the parties.

The Security Council emphasizes that civilian and humanitarian facilities, including those of the UN, must be respected and protected, and called on all parties to act consistently with this principle.

The Security Council calls for the full implementation of resolution 1860 (2009) and stressed the need for immediate provision of humanitarian assistance to the Palestinian civilian population in the Gaza Strip, including through urgent additional contribution to UNRWA. The Security Council recognizes and commends the vital role played by the Agency, along with other United Nations agencies and humanitarian organizations, in addressing the critical humanitarian needs in Gaza.

The Security Council urges the parties and the international community to achieve a comprehensive peace based on the vision of a region where two democratic states, Israel and Palestine, live side by side in peace with secure and recognized borders as envisioned in Security Council resolution 1850 (2008).

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