Gilad Shalit

Anti-Israel activists condemn Barcelona invite to Gilad Shalit

By Marcus Dysch, September 27, 2012

Anti-Israel activists have called on Barcelona football club to withdraw an invitation to Gilad Shalit to attend a derby game against Real Madrid.

The four-time European Cup winners offered the former prisoner of war tickets to the October 7 El Clásico match as a gesture of goodwill.


Gilad Shalit marks first birthday since his release

By Jennifer Lipman, August 28, 2012

The Israeli prime minister has wished Gilad Shalit well on his first birthday since he was freed.

It is nearly a year since Sergeant Shalit was brought back to Israel in a prisoner exchange, after more than five years as a captive of Hamas terrorists.


Lessons from Shalit to help Israeli soldiers in the future

By Jennifer Lipman, August 20, 2012

Nearly a year after IDF soldier Gilad Shalit was freed in a prisoner exchange deal with Hamas, Israeli military leaders are hoping to draw lessons from his experience.

According to a report in Ha'aretz newspaper, the army is now training soldiers from elite units about what to expect should they be taken captive, using information given to them by Sergeant Shalit.


Over to basketball correspondent Gilad Shalit

By Jennifer Lipman, June 13, 2012

It is any basketball fan's dream – to write a column about the sport's winners and losers for a national newspaper.

But for Gilad Shalit, it will also mark his first professional role after nearly six years as a prisoner of Hamas terrorists.


Former prisoner Gilad Shalit visits the set of Homeland

By Jennifer Lipman, May 16, 2012

Plans to film the third series of an award-winning US drama series in Israel have now been cancelled due to concerns about the crisis in Syria.


Gilad Shalit formally released from IDF service

By Jennifer Lipman, April 18, 2012

Gilad Shalit has been formally released from IDF service.

The former soldier was freed in October after more than five years as a prisoner of terrorist group Hamas.

He was captured as a 19 year old during his mandatory army service, in a raid at the Gaza border.


Guess who we met on the dancefloor ... Gilad Shalit

By Jennifer Lipman, April 11, 2012

Young British Jews spending Pesach in Israel found themselves partying alongside Gilad Shalit two days after the former prisoner celebrated his first Seder with his family in six years.

Sergeant Shalit spent Monday evening at the Seret club in Tel Aviv, where he was joined by dozens of revellers from this country.

The soldier, who came home after five years as a prisoner of Hamas in Gaza jus


Freedom’s varieties

April 5, 2012

Over the next eight days, we celebrate freedom. For some, the invocation "next year in Jerusalem" has a very real meaning. This will, for example, be the first Seder in five years that Gilad Shalit has been free to celebrate in his homeland.


Noam Shalit: We kidnapped soldiers too

By Jennifer Lipman, March 16, 2012

The father of the IDF soldier captured by Hamas and released five years later last October has given a controversial interview expressing a level of understanding of the terrorist groups' actions.

Noam Shalit, whose son Gilad was just 19 years old when he was kidnapped during a cross border raid, revealed his ambitions to become a Labour Party Knesset member in January.


Interview: Amos Levitov

By Simon Round, March 15, 2012

If anyone is able to understand what is going through the head of released hostage Gilad Shilat, that man is Amos Levitov.

He was a prisoner of war in Egypt from 1970 until his release after the 1973 Yom Kippur war. Levitov now lectures about the psychological consequences his own captivity had for him and he is one of the team helping Shalit to re-adjust to life as a free man in Israel.