Gilad Shalit

Israel ponders missed chance over Ron Arad

By Anshel Pfeffer, September 10, 2009

The basic facts are not new. Israel’s intelligence services have believed for some time that Ron Arad, the Israel Air Force navigator who was taken prisoner in Lebanon 23 years ago, died in captivity over a decade ago. But the new details of the failed efforts to release him were published this week, and in this there is a chilling resemblance to the current situation of Gilad Shalit.


'For the POWs who return, captivity is never ending'

By Anshel Pfeffer, September 3, 2009

Israel is experienced in treating its prisoners of war when they return home, but may still find it hard to help Gilad Shalit adjust to freedom.

“We don’t have experience of quite these conditions that Gilad Shalit is going through,” explains Dr David Senesh, a clinical psychologist who was a POW for 40 days in Egypt following the Yom Kippur War in 1973.


Gilad Shalit hopes 'exaggerated'

By Anshel Pfeffer, September 3, 2009

Israeli leaders are playing down reports of a breakthrough in the talks over captured IDF soldier Gilad Shalit.

Meanwhile, the few details coming out from the talks in Cairo indicate that a breakthrough could be close.


New Shalit appeal

September 3, 2009

The Zionist Federation has launched a Rosh Hashanah appeal for captured soldier Gilad Shalit.

The organisation will send New Year greeting cards from the public to the International Red Cross and ask them to help pass the messages to Gilad and his parents.


Aviva Shalit: forgive us, my son

August 28, 2009

A senior Hamas official looks set to fly to Cairo shortly to approve a deal that includes the release of Gilad Shalit.

And the mother of the IDF soldier captured in June 2006, made a heartfelt plea for action with an apology to her son for “not being able to protect you”.

The trip by Hamas Politburo chief Khaled Meshal will follow efforts by German intelligence who have sent an official to Cairo to help mediate.


Shalit is Tweeted

August 27, 2009

A Twitter campaign entitled “Tweet4Shalit” has been launched to mark the 23rd birthday of kidnapped Israeli solider Gilad Shalit. The man behind the initiative, David Appletree, said: “This appears to be the largest internet campaign of its kind for Gilad Shalit.”


Twitter campaign for Gilad Shalit

By Jessica Elgot, August 24, 2009

A Twitter campaign "Tweet4Shalit" has been launched to mark the 23rd birthday of kidnapped Israeli solider Gilad Shalit.

Organisers, including the Jewish Internet Defence Force, hope that by encouraging enough people to use the #GiladShalit hashtag at the end of every tweet they send on August 26, then Gilad Shalit will become a trending topic on the site.


Ivan Lewis on Israel visit calls for Gilad Shalit release

By Robyn Rosen, August 20, 2009

Ivan Lewis, the Middle East minister, has asked the Palestinian leadership for help in securing the release of the Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit.

Making his first visit to Israel and the territories since taking up his Foreign Office post in June, Mr Lewis spent four days in the region. The trip followed a visit to Syria and Lebanon earlier this month.

Mr Lewis, MP for Bury South, a former vice-chairman of Labour Friends of Israel and chief executive of the Manchester Jewish Federation, said his aim was to help realise the goal of a two-state solution.


Vigils held for Shalit

By Jonathan Kalmus, July 2, 2009

Vigils to raise awareness and mark the third anniversary of the capture of Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit took place in three cities.

Manchester saw the highest profile event in the city centre’s main shopping area. Organisers outside Marks & Spencer held placards and wore T-shirts calling for Gilad Shalit’s release. Members of the public were invited to sign a petition for Shalit’s release. Hundreds of people took part, while Rebecca Ryan, star of Channel 4 drama Shameless, offered her support.


Let's not forget Gilad!

June 16, 2009
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A video from the pupils of an Italian elementary school who read the fairy tale written by Gilad: When the shark and the fish first met