The Hurndalls, from Tufnell Park, north London, are one of three British and American families struggling to extract from the Israeli government and military the truth about how loved ones were killed or horrendously wounded by soldiers.
All three families have accused the authorities of fabricating evidence, suppressing investigations and covering-up deliberate killings.
Tom Hurndall's mother, Jocelyn, wrote to Tony Blair last week demanding he exert more pressure on Israel to hold a transparent inquiry. Writing in today's Guardian, she calls the Israeli government a "deeply immoral regime which is cruel beyond human understanding".
The three victims were all shot in Rafah, a refugee camp in southern Gaza which the Israelis call a "war zone":
· Tom Hurndall, a student photographer volunteering with the International Solidarity Movement, was shot as he tried to protect children under fire from Israeli soldiers;
· James Miller, a 34-year-old British television cameraman, was killed a month later. His relatives are travelling to Israel next week to put pressure on the military to make its inquiry public and to admit it lied about the circumstances of his death;
· Rachel Corrie, a young American peace activist, was crushed to death by an army bulldozer in March. Her parents are still trying to obtain a copy of the military investigation which cleared the driver.
The British and American families emphasise that their cases are no worse than the suffering of hundreds of Palestinians whose children have been killed by the army during the three-year intifada.
Even the most blatant cases of extrajudicial killing by soldiers are rarely investigated by the military police, and usually only after adverse publicity. Only nine soldiers have been charged with illegal killings; so far, there has not been one conviction in three years.
But the families of the foreign victims find it telling that even under diplomatic pressure, and with greater media attention, Israel has shown little interest in getting to the truth that the Hurndalls, Millers and Corries are seeking.
"Our primary objective is to see a criminal prosecution for the chap that pulled a trigger and the person that gave the order, if there was such a person. Secondly, there is an acceptable level of acceptance and apology, and thirdly financial restitution," said John Miller.