'I hope our family will be the last to suffer'
By Damian Pachter
Marcelo Tregerman, grandfather of 4-year-old Daniel who was killed by a Hamas mortar launched from the Gaza Strip last Friday, stated he hopes to be “the last family who suffers” during a phone interview with the BuenosAiresHerald.com from Israel.
“I hope we will be the last to suffer”, Tregerman said, only two hours after Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, announced a new, ostensibly permanent ceasefire deal.
The family of Daniel Tregerman are farmers who arrived in Israel in 1967. Both Marcelo and his wife Paulina left Buenos Aires when they finished high school, as result of a series of anti-Semitism episodes.
These deeds combined with strong ideological convictions were the reasons behind the decision to leave Argentina and move to Israel.
“In Argentina I lived in Villa Lugano, while my wife resided in Villa Crespo,” Tregerman revealed.
“We left because we are Jewish and Zionists. We were discriminated against, they called us ‘Dirty Jews’, or ‘go away from here’, so we left,” he said.
The tragedy which took place in Nahal Oz, a southern Kibutz close to the Gaza Strip, did not alter Tregerman’s principles. Asked about a possible solution for the conflict between the two sides he argued “Israel wants peace, the same as the majority of Palestinians,” while remarking that in Gaza “Hamas uses its citizens as human shields.”
According to Tregerman, “a true resolution would have to be done under a political agreement, by which Hamas will end disarmed, without the ability to fire missiles at us.”
He sustained this hypothetical deal would have to include an international alliance compound by “Egypt, Abu Mazen (Mahmoud Abbas), the Americans, EU and the Arab countries. But it must include a real control over what they do with the money. They need to build houses instead of tunnels.”
Tregerman described that “five minutes before the cease fire began, Hamas launched a missile into a nearby Kibbutz. That is unacceptable. They do not respect ceasefires,” he insisted.
While no official in Argentina condemned the killing of the 4-year-old boy, his grandfather admitted having no clue on President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner's administration's stance regarding the conflict.
However, he revealed that the Argentine ambassador in Tel-Aviv Carlos García called him and offer his condolences.
“We did not receive any call from Argentine Jewish organizations, but the ambassador sent us his condolences and offered his disposition, so I thanked him,” Tregerman affirmed.
“We feel they took a piece of our body apart. We hope to be the last family to suffer,” he concluded.
Israel Defence Force (IDF) sources informed today that the mortar that killed Daniel Tregerman was launched from an elementary school in Zeitoun neighbourhood, Gaza. According to the report, an air strike attack destroyed the complex on Monday night.