Contact Us

Israeli Man, 37, Killed by Rocket Fire Near Gaza

Israeli Man, 37, Killed by Rocket Fire Near Gaza

Dror Chanin was hit by a mortar shell at the Erez border crossing while offering aid to Israeli soldiers

The first Israeli to be killed by Hamas rockets was at the Erez border crossing offering assistance to IDF soldiers. (File photo: IDF)
The first Israeli to be killed by Hamas rockets was at the Erez border crossing offering assistance to IDF soldiers. (File photo: IDF)

The eighth day of rocket bombardment from Hamas resulted in the killing of an Israeli man who had gone to the Israel-Gaza border to bring food and good will to members of the Israel Defense Force.

The man, identified as 37-year-old Dror Chanin, was at the Erez Crossing when he was struck by a mortar shell and shrapnel. He was rushed to Barzilai Medical Center in Ashkelon, where he was pronounced dead—the first Jewish fatality since the violence began.

Earlier in the day, Israelis had been hoping to see the last of the rocket fire from Gaza, as Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu had accepted a cease-fire proposal from Egypt.

Hamas, however, reportedly called the proposal a “joke,” and the rockets continued to fly, with some landing throughout southern Israel.

Early reports on Twitter and online news sites from Israel suggested that he was a Chabad rabbi. The speculation may have come because volunteers from the Chabad Terror Victims Project have been in the news going to the frontlines to visit, pray with and deliver food to the soldiers.

However, within a half-hour, Chabad was able to account for all of its volunteers and said the man killed was not associated with the project.

“We are deeply saddened, and our hearts go out to the family of this brave man who was helping the soldiers during this hour of such great danger in Israel,” said Rabbi Yossi Swerdlov of the Chabad Terror Victims Project. “Of course, we are marching forward, and will be there tomorrow and every day until the rockets stop falling on Israel.

“We will continue our work on the front lines and in the bomb shelters and, in fact, in light of the last hour’s developments, we are increasing our work. The Rebbe [Rabbi Menachem M. Schneerson, of righteous memory] taught us that the way to comfort is to increase your support and to continue building.

“We pray that there will be no more loss of life, and that peace will be restored to Israel very soon.”

© Copyright, all rights reserved. If you enjoyed this article, we encourage you to distribute it further, provided that you comply with's copyright policy.
Join the Discussion
Sort By:
1000 characters remaining
gaby keren Jerusalem July 17, 2014


Jean UK July 16, 2014

Dror Chanin, may you rest in peace, thoughts and prayers for his family, and for the safety of all the people in Israel Reply

Louis Philip Rotkowitz, MD, FAAFP Queens, NY - USA July 15, 2014

Dror Khanin From what I have read, Dror Khanin had a connection to Chabad and to the Rebbe. In the media, I am confused what I have read in the media; But, if he did in fact have a connection to Chabad and the Rebbe . . . than he is indeed a שליח‎ in his own rite. Reply

Bentzi Thornhill, ON July 15, 2014

Baruch Dayan Ha'emet. Do you have his father's name, to pray for an aliyat neshama for him? Reply

NormanF USA July 15, 2014

What Is Zionism What is Zionism?

Its the right of the Jew to be independent and free in the Land Of Israel, in keeping with his faith in G-d.

Dror Chanin, may his memory be for an eternal blessing, was murdered because he was a Jew. He died in the land he loved and served so dearly, the only Jewish State on earth.

May G-d avenge him! Reply

Connect with us
In the Media
Find A Chabad Center Near You
Chabad-Lubavitch Directory