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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.


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 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: [email protected]