zaterdag 6 september 2014

Brief aan Ban Ki-moon van ouders omgekomen Daniel Tregerman

 

De ouders van het gedode jongetje Daniel Tragerman schreven Ban Ki-Moon een brief nadat ze hoorden dat de VN onderzoek gaat doen naar mogelijke oorlogsmisdaden gepleegd door Israel. Zij roepen op ook de oorlogsmisdaden van Hamas te onderzoeken, wat tot nu toe niet in het mandaat van de commissie is opgenomen. Het is een prachtige brief. Geen haat, geen wraakgevoelens, wel verdriet en wanhoop. En vooral een vraag om gerechtigheid en vrede voor mensen aan beide kanten van de grens.

 

At one time, they said, the residents of their kibbutz had good relations with people in Gaza, whom they hired to work in their fields.

“They use to invite each other for weddings and other celebrations and often traveled to Rafah or Gaza to enjoy life at cafes there,” the Tragermans wrote.

“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 planet do not want to see the sight of blood, tears, and fire of the radical Islam movement, but to live peacefully, enjoy a kid’s laughter, and wait for a better tomorrow,” they wrote.

 

De volledige brief staat hier onderaan.

 

RP

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Family of 4-year-old killed by Gaza mortar fire slams UN hypocrisy in letter to Ban Ki-moon

http://www.jpost.com/Arab-Israeli-Conflict/Family-of-4-year-old-killed-by-Gaza-mortar-fire-slams-UN-hypocrisy-in-letter-to-Ban-Ki-moon-374421

 

Tragerman family says Ban should address Hamas crimes after having announced that a UN committee would investigate "Israeli crimes" during Operation Protective Edge.

 

 

Daniel Tregerman, the four-year-old boy who was killed by a mortar which struck a kibbutz near the Gaza frontier.. (photo credit:TWITTER)

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Gila and Doron Tragerman called on the United Nations to investigate Hamas for war crimes as part of its inquiry into this summer’s Gaza conflict, in which their son, Daniel, four, was killed by mortar fire last month.

They sent a letter to UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon days before a three member-panel lead by Canadian legal expert William Schabas is to begin an investigation on behalf of the UN Human Rights Council into alleged Israeli human rights violations this summer in Gaza, east Jerusalem, and the West Bank.

The UNHRC mandate does not clearly call for a similar probe into Hamas’s actions.

The Tragermans called on Ban to insist that the UN also investigate Hamas crimes against Israel and its own people.

This should include, they said, Hamas’s use of hospitals and UN schools to shoot at innocent people. It should also look into how Hamas forced children to work on the infiltration tunnels they used to try and attack Israel, the Tragermans wrote.

“We do not seek the people responsible for our Daniel’s death,” they wrote. “We only wish your response and your voice against this crime and the crime Hamas committed against their own people.”

In their letter they described how the mortar struck their Gaza border Kibbutz Nahal Oz on August 22nd, sending shrapnel into their living room while Daniel played with his siblings and a friend inside the house, because it was too dangerous to be outside.

“Daniel died in front of his little sister and his best friend, Yoval, three and a half years old; he died in front of Uri, only four months old and right before our eyes, his mother and father,” the parents wrote.

“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 an accidental death."

“From that school terrorists fired deliberately into 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 the house with two small children, leaving our precious son behind, in order to protect them from bombs that continued to explode around the house,” the Tragermans wrote.

“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 tears from her eyes,” the Tragermans wrote.

They had lived in fear of mortar and rocket attacks before this summer’s war.

Doron explained that three years ago a Kassam rocket had destroyed his parent’s home. On top of that they said, they had heard Hamas digging tunnels at night under their kibbutz.

“In last six months our children slept with the window closed and locked. We were afraid that they would be kidnapped from us,” the Tragermans wrote.

At one time, they said, the residents of their kibbutz had good relations with people in Gaza, whom they hired to work in their fields.

“They use to invite each other for weddings and other celebrations and often traveled to Rafah or Gaza to enjoy life at cafes there,” the Tragermans wrote.

“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 planet do not want to see the sight of blood, tears, and fire of the radical Islam movement, but to live peacefully, enjoy a kid’s laughter, and wait for a better tomorrow,” they wrote.

 

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For UN Secretary-General, Mr. Ban Ki-moon

 

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 eldest son, Daniel 4.5 years old, when he was killed by a mortar shell fired from Gaza into Israel.

 

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 we had taken 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 at the kibbutz to murder civilians — children, women, old people. This time, they also achieved their 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, during 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" during 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 flourishes and is maintained over time, or how from these places terrorists depart for activity aimed against innocent people. 

It won’t investigate how Hamas abuses the Palestinian people, and how its members force residents of Gaza, even children, to dig tunnels aimed only for terrorism against Israel. 

It won’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. 

 

And I want to ask you, Sir: 

Do you and the U.N 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; these units crashed aircrafts into crowded buildings in 2001 in New York; these units threaten the essence of democratic life, and life itself, in Europe, in the United States and anywhere on the planet. 

 

Let me tell you some more about the history of our lives here, on the border with Gaza. 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 used 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 planet 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 has committed against their own people.

 

Gila and Doron Tregerman

Parents of Daniel (RIP), Yoval and Ori

Nahal Oz, Israel

 

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