Gilad Shalit

Campaigners keep the fires lit for Shalit

By Anshel Pfeffer, June 23, 2011

The fifth anniversary of the capture of Gilad Shalit has rekindled the debate over the price worth paying for his release. A flurry of diplomatic activity in Israel in recent weeks has so far failed to deliver a breakthrough.

On Shabbat, June 25, it will be five years to the day in which Palestinian fighters attacked a tank by Kerem Shalom, killed two and took Shalit.


Red Cross demands proof Shalit is alive

By Jennifer Lipman, June 23, 2011

Hamas must prove that Gilad Shalit is alive, the aid group the Red Cross (ICRC) has said.

In a public statement two days before Corporal Shalit's family mark five years of his captivity, ICRC director-general Yves Daccord said they were "more concerned that ever about his fate".


Hamas supporters want to abduct wife for Gilad Shalit

By Anna Slater, June 17, 2011

Palestinian activists have set up a Facebook campaign to "abduct a partner for Shalit".

The page, set up earlier this week, calls for the capture of a female prisoner to use as bait so that the Israeli authorities will release Palestinian prisoners.

The group's profile photograph has been edited to show an Israeli soldier chained and held by an armed woman in a veil.


Call for Carla Bruni to sing for Shalit's freedom

By Jennifer Lipman, June 14, 2011

An Israeli singer has appealed to Carla Bruni to campaign for the release of captured Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit, who also holds French citizenship, by recording a tribute song.

Amir Benayun, a popular musician in Israel, wrote a letter to Ms Bruni asking her to record the song he wrote about the soldier's plight.


Mother begs MI6 to find soldier son

By Jonathan Kalmus, May 26, 2011

The mother of one of Israel's longest-missing soldiers, Zachary Baumel, made an emotional plea this week for MI6 and the British government to "live up to their humanitarian obligations" and reveal information about Israel's missing soldiers.


Board: make Gilad Shalit your Fifth Son

April 14, 2011

A new Pesach appeal encouraging families to remember the plight of kidnapped Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit is being promoted in Britain.

It is hoped that the Gilad Shalit – Fifth Son project will result in Jewish families using part of their Sedarim to pray for him and other Israeli troops.


Blair: Shalit capture is totally inhumane

April 14, 2011

Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair has pledged to do whatever he can to improve the conditions of captured Israeli Sergeant Gilad Shalit.

Mr Blair, special Middle East envoy to the Quartet, received a 200,000-signature petition in his Jerusalem offices last week presented by Stuart Glyn, chairman of Magen David Adom UK.


Gilad, the fifth son

April 14, 2011

On Monday we will sit down for the Seder meal, marking the start of the festival of freedom. But there is one man for whom there is, still, no freedom, and no Seder. For Gilad Shalit, Monday will begin a fifth Pesach in captivity. There are reports that Hamas could be about to release a new video of Sergeant Shalit, the first since October 2009.


Tony Blair accepts petition on Gilad Shalit from MDA UK

April 14, 2011
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Magen David Adom UK present a petition on the captured Israeli soldier to the former British Prime Minister.


Shalit activist's bare facts

By Simon Rocker, April 7, 2011

By June 25, Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit will have spent five years in captivity in Gaza after being kidnapped by Hamas.

Negotiations that at one time offered hope of his release last year appear to have stalled.