Gilad Shalit

Hamas prisoners 'to be treated like Gilad Shalit'

By Nathan Jeffay, March 17, 2011

Knesset members have been visiting Hamas prisoners in Israeli jails - to make the point that they can.

They are furious that wings housing Hamas prisoners are open for visitors, while Gilad Shalit is held by Hamas in an undisclosed location, with his family desperate for news of his wellbeing and even the Red Cross are barred from visiting.


Galliano's Jewish lawyer: It could happen to anyone

By Jennifer Lipman, March 9, 2011

John Galliano’s Jewish lawyer has defended the disgraced fashion designer as someone dedicated to “tolerance, openness, love and mutual respect”.

Stephane Zerbib, who has acted as Mr Galliano's legal adviser for seven years, has also represented the family of captured Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit and a group of Israelis accused of spying on Iran.


Gilad Shalit supporters get message out nationally

February 17, 2011

A campaign aimed at raising awareness of Gilad Shalit's plight has been launched around the country.

Advertising vans, emblazoned with Sergeant Shalit's photograph and story, will drive around prominent locations in London and Manchester for the next fortnight.

The Israeli Embassy, working with 10 Jewish community organisations, hopes that the initiative will inform the British public about the Israeli soldier's treatment at the hands of Hamas.


Mubarak: Syria blocked Hamas Shalit deal

By Jennifer Lipman, February 10, 2011

A deal with Hamas to free captured Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit was scuppered by Syria and Qatar, according to a cable released by WikiLeaks.

The document quoted a conversation in June 2009 between Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak and US general David Petraeus alleging that Hamas was offered more than £31 million to block a prisoner swap.


On this day: An anti-disengagement protest

By Jennifer Lipman, January 12, 2011

It would be the first major rally in opposition to Israeli Prime Minister’s proposal to unilaterally withdraw from parts of the West Bank and Gaza – but by no means the last.

At the rally, held in Rabin Square in Tel Aviv, one settler proclaimed: "It will bring hundreds of casualties to the Israeli side because everyone will understand that terrorism will win in this war.”


Halutz: we didn't have intelligence to get Gilad Shalit

By Anshel Pfeffer, January 6, 2011

Former IDF Chief of Staff, retired Lieutenant General Dan Halutz, said that Israel had insufficient intelligence to retrieve Gilad Shalit following his capture by Hamas four and a half years ago.

Mr Halutz, who gave a lecture in Beersheva on Shabbat, is trying to rebrand his image in attempt to win political office. The former general resigned four years ago following the Second Lebanon War and is widely seen by the Israeli public as one of those responsible for the less than spectacular results of Israel's war against Hizbollah.


UN chief attacks 'alienating' BDS

By Paul Berger, December 29, 2010

The head of the UN's relief agency in Gaza has criticised the boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) movement and called for the release of Gilad Shalit.

UNRWA head John Ging was interviewed in front of a packed audience on Monday during the week-long Limmud conference, held at Warwick University.

Though he reserved particular criticism for Israel's "counterproductive" blockade of Gaza, Mr Ging struck
a conciliatory tone, acknowledging the low opinion of UNRWA in Israel and in the diaspora.


Red Cross: Shalit case top priority

By Jessica Elgot, December 22, 2010

The head of international law at the British Red Cross, Michael Meyer, has said kidnapped Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit has received more media attention than any other prisoner during his 28 years at the organisation.

Mr Meyer suggested that visiting the 24-year-old soldier, who has been held by Hamas terrorists for more than four years, was complicated by the fact he was not being held by a sovereign state.


Elie Wiesel: free Gilad Shalit, Liu Xiaobo and Sakineh Ashtiani

By Jennifer Lipman, December 21, 2010

Holocaust survivor and human rights advocate Elie Wiesel has launched a campaign to secure the release of three prominent prisoners from Israel, Iran and China.

Mr Wiesel’s Foundation for Humanity has set up a petition demanding the freedom of Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit, Chinese dissident Liu Xiaobo and the Iranian woman sentenced to death by stoning, Sakineh Mohammadi Ashtiani.

The petition says: "While we and our families celebrate this holiday season let us remember these and so many more political prisoners and their families around the world.”


Rally to mark 1,600 days since Gilad Shalit kidnap

By Jennifer Lipman, November 11, 2010

A rally is to be held in Washington DC today marking 1,600 days since Gilad Shalit was kidnapped by Hamas.

Organisers are hoping to attract at least the same number of people to the humanitarian rally for the soldier, who has been in captivity since June 25 2006.

His parents, Noam and Aviva Shalit, have been camped outside of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s residence in Jerusalem since June, in an attempt to pressure the government into striking a deal for their son’s release.