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    Free Gilad Shalit

    by earwicga
    29th August, 2010 at 3:52 pm    

    Gilad Shalit, an Israeli soldier, was taken hostage by Palestinian militants on 25 June 2006.  To mark Shalit’s 24th birthday, his 5th in captivity, a demonstration was held in Jerusalem near the home of Israel’s PM.

    Shalit’s parents Aviva and Noam Shalit have spent the last six weeks camping in a protest tent in Jerusalem following a march asking Netanyahu to facilitate a prisoner exchange.  At a press conference in East Jerusalem on August 4th Noam Shalit called for flexibility:

    “If the two sides of the conflict show some flexibility, it will be possible to make an agreement,” Shalit said.

    Such an agreement, Shalit said, would benefit thousands of Palestinian families who would have their fathers and sons back to celebrate the festival of Ramadan.

    “I would welcome any release of Palestinian prisoners, but I would welcome the release of one Israeli prisoner,” said the emotional Shalit, raising a solitary finger.

    At the demonstration yesterday, to which the wives of ministers and members of the Knesset had been invited,  Aviva Shalit spoke to her son:

    “Gilad my beloved son, today is your birthday,” said Aviva Shalit. “Once again I did not buy you a present this year, I didn’t bake a cake, you won’t be able to blow out the candles. I miss you more every day. I will make one wish in your name: that your candle not be extinguished, that you remain healthy in your body and soul. Sorry for not freeing you yet.” …

    Shalit ended her address by proclaiming that she will not return to her home in Mitzpeh Hila without Gilad. “We will celebrate your next birthday at home,” she concluded.

    If Palestinian and Israeli leaders really want peace they will heed the words of Aviva and Noam Shalit.

    H/T Women’s Views on News

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    1. Ben — on 29th August, 2010 at 6:11 pm  

      Advocates of a deal propose releasing hundreds of convicted criminals, some of whom have committed murder, for a guiltless soldier whose abduction is forbidden by international conventions governing warfare. Such an exchange would have a deleterious effect on the rule of law and its deterrent capacity. Furthermore it would in itself constitute a serious injustice to the hundreds of Israeli families whose loved ones were murdered in cold blood by Palestinians slated for release.

      The cruel and inhumane treatment that Shalit is being subjected to by his Hamas-backed captors draws no criticism from the poster. Deprived of visits from neutral agencies such as the Red Cross, and deprived of contact with his family, he is held in isolation and periodically threatened with death.

      Shalit should be released unconditionally, and immediately. Israel could then as a gesture of goodwill shorten sentences and release some Palestinian prisoners who have not been convicted of murder or attempted murder. But Barghouti should not be released as he has five murder convictions against him.

    2. earwicga — on 29th August, 2010 at 7:18 pm  

      ‘Shalit should be released unconditionally, and immediately.’


    3. Sunny — on 29th August, 2010 at 7:23 pm  

      for a guiltless soldier whose abduction is forbidden by international conventions governing warfare

      I’m not convinced this argument stands. He’s a POW - and it’s quite difficult to start invoking international conventions when the US, Israel and everyone else fragrantly ignore them.

      If you’re in the military you’re a potential liability. That’s really the end of that.

    4. Kismet Hardy — on 29th August, 2010 at 11:47 pm  

      And just when I start to allow hope to make me think things might go with beads and flowers for once…



    5. Jenny — on 30th August, 2010 at 12:00 am  

      Why the hell are you worried about him when there’s many other Palestinians held hostage in the west bank>

    6. mayo — on 30th August, 2010 at 12:30 am  

      Hey Im here to get my “free Gilad Shalit” . What a great offer.

      zionist lackeys

    7. mostly harmless — on 30th August, 2010 at 12:54 am  

      The problem with most Israeli’s who suddenly develop a conscious only do so when the something happens to them personally. Up until then they don’t give a shit about the Palestinians. Israel and its citizens needs to pay a higher price for its occupation.

    8. Ben — on 30th August, 2010 at 3:04 am  

      “…I’m not convinced this argument stands. He’s a POW …”

      The Geneva Convention explicitly forbids the abduction of soldiers for the purpose of hostage-taking, or to trade for ones own captives.

    9. Sunny — on 30th August, 2010 at 3:26 am  

      Like I said - I think Geneva conventions went out of the window ages ago in this conflict. White Phosphorus anyone?

    10. boyo — on 30th August, 2010 at 7:41 am  

      @ 7 I think you need to pay a higher price for being a twat, but what can you do?

      @9 He either is or isn’t Sunny, it’s a technical term.

    11. Sarah AB — on 30th August, 2010 at 7:54 am  

      I don’t think you should brush aside the flouting of international conventions on one side just because the other side may have breached them too. Israel gets scrutinised pretty closely, so it’s good to be reminded of Shalit as well. I saw that story about the rabbi too - completely inexcusable.

      But so is this, if it’s an accurate report, I think.


    12. FlyingRodent — on 30th August, 2010 at 8:22 am  

      It’s worth pointing out that Gilad Shalit, like all IDF troops on the Gaza border, was about as military a miltary target as military targets get. Hamas are certainly violating international law by taking hostages and should be held to account for their crime - probably would be if they ever set foot in a neutral country in fact, since they’re a proscribed terrorist organisation.

      Nonetheless, people with a history of cheering when the IDF chuck vast quantities of cutting-edge high explosives into heavily populated urban areas are going to get short shrift when they start invoking international law in protection of Israeli military personnel. Put simply, if you’ve spent the best part of ten years pretending that crimes are not crimes or just flat-out telling the entire planet to fuck off if they don’t like your bloodbaths, like the Israeli government has… Well, if people that you’ve been lying to, name-calling and giving the finger to for years then assume that you’re now arguing in bad faith and are demanding better far treatment than you dish out, that’s kind of your fault rather than theirs.

      Anyway, the post is right - Shalit should be released unconditionally and immediately. Having read Brian Keenan and John McCarthy’s books about their almost five-year long incarceration by Islamic Jihad in Beirut, I wouldn’t wish that on my worst enemy. It’s a foul and horrific thing to do to anyone.

    13. boyo — on 30th August, 2010 at 8:34 am  

      An Evil Cradling is a masterpiece.


      While I have tremendous sympathy with Shalit and his family, this kind of thing is an inevitable consequence of the intractability of both sides. However, I don’t agree both sides are equally capable of change - the Israeli state has the wealth and power to make significant alterations to policy while Hamas, by definition boxed in to a corner, an organisation whose raison d’etre is to be anti-Israeli is not. Hamas exists to hate Israel. Israel is a fully-fledged nation state - it is like the UK defining itself by the IRA.

      So only Israel can truly solve this issue, which may or may not result in the release of this unfortunate soldier - but of course there are bigger issues and many more tragedies to consider, not least the dead and maimed on both sides.

    14. Jemmy Hope — on 30th August, 2010 at 3:46 pm  

      Free Salah Hammouri -
      and the other 7,000+ Palestinian prisoners.

    15. peacer — on 30th August, 2010 at 8:13 pm  

      I hope it all works out.

    16. Jenny — on 30th August, 2010 at 8:18 pm  

      Sorry for my outburst yesterday, I’d agree with Sunny that he’s more a prisoner of war.

    17. ayal@israel — on 9th September, 2010 at 4:19 pm  

      gilat is a victum of israeli indifference. what is more-iheard in one of radio programms that parents of gilat press and blame israeli goverment becouse they are not able to press and deal with hamas. i dont understand how possible to say such thing! he is four years in prison without human rights!!

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