Irish song will plead for Gilad Shalit

The leader of a Northern Ireland Messianic congregation has written a song to mark today's fourth anniversary of the kidnapping of Gilad Shalit.

Jim Clint said he composed Song for Gilad (Take a Little Time) to remind the captured Israeli soldier's family that he has not been forgotten, and to also hit back at "media bias against Israel".

It includes the lyrics: "Let us stand together with our voices as one/ Crying out for freedom for this special son/ We cannot be silent nor turn away/ So take a little time to pray... for Gilad."

Mr Clint, who worked as a maintenance manager at a Tel Aviv hostel during the 1990s, wrote the track at his recording studio a fortnight ago in the aftermath of the Gaza flotilla incident.

He said: "I get very emotional when the media is really against Israel and for me the flotilla incident just played into the hands of the terrorists.

"It makes me angry that more is not being done for Gilad. This was the least I could do to bring some attention back to him and show his family that people have not forgotten about him."

Mr Clint leads the Shalom Messianic Congregation in Donaghadee, County Down.

Listen to the song here

    Last updated: 3:33pm, June 24 2010