Gilad Shalit

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.

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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.

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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.

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Palestinian freed in Shalit deal arrested

By Jennifer Lipman, January 31, 2012

A convicted Palestinian criminal who was released in order to secure the freedom of Gilad Shalit has been arrested near Hebron.

Ayman Sharawna was one of the 1,027 prisoners – including some serving life sentences – released early in the exchange deal last year.

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Gilad Shalit logs in to Facebook

By Jennifer Lipman, January 16, 2012

The news that most 25-year-olds had joined Facebook would not normally be greeted with much amazement.

But when the individual in question is an Israeli soldier who was held captive by Hamas for more than five years, it is slightly more interesting.

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Gilad Shalit's father Noam announces Knesset run

By Jennifer Lipman, January 9, 2012

Gilad Shalit's father is planning a bid for political office in Israel.

Noam Shalit, who spent much of the last two years camped outside Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's residence in Jerusalem to encourage political action to secure his kidnapped son's freedom, is hoping to become a Knesset member for the Labour Party.

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Could Mel Gibson give Gilad a Hollywood homecoming?

By Jennifer Lipman, December 22, 2011

Several months ago, various Jewish groups got rather exercised that Mel Gibson was planning to make a film about the Maccabees. The Chanucah story, in the hands of an actor we wouldn't even trust to look after our chocolate money or dreidel winnings?

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Abbas criticised for meeting Palestinian 'terrorist temptress'

By Jennifer Lipman, December 22, 2011

The Palestinian president has faced heavy criticism for meeting a woman who lured a young Israeli victim to the West Bank so that he could be murdered.

Mahmoud Abbas was in Turkey on Wednesday where he sat with Amna Muna, who was released from a life sentence in prison early in October as part of the deal to bring home Gilad Shalit.

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Israel prepares for second stage of Shalit prisoner swap

By Jennifer Lipman, December 16, 2011

Five hundred and fifty Palestinian prisoners will walk free on Sunday in the second stage of the deal that was struck to secure the release of Gilad Shalit.

Two months after the soldier returned home after more than five years as a captive of Hamas, Israel will again pay the heavy price accepted for his freedom.

A list of names of those who would be freed was published earlier this week.

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Sarkozy wanted to be part of Shalit deal

By Jennifer Lipman, December 7, 2011

The French president has blamed last month's outburst against Israel's Benjamin Netanyahu on France being "left out" of the deal to free a captured IDF soldier.

Gilad Shalit, who holds dual Israeli and French citizenship, was released form the clutches of Hamas in October after more than five years of captivity.

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