The almanac

UPI Almanac for Monday, June 25, 2012.
By United Press International

Israeli officials rip hunger strike deal

JERUSALEM, May 16 (UPI) -- An agreement to end a prisoner hunger strike struck between Israeli prison authorities and Palestinian prisoners was met with condemnation by Israeli lawmakers.

Hamas: Kidnap Israeli soldiers

GAZA, May 15 (UPI) -- The Palestinian militant group Hamas Tuesday called for the abduction of Israeli soldiers to use as bargaining chips for prisoner swaps.
5 Palestinian prisoners agree to end hunger strike

5 Palestinian prisoners agree to end hunger strike

JERUSALEM, May 15 (UPI) -- Five administrative detainees in Israeli prisons agreed to end their hunger strike in exchange for improved conditions or release, lawyers said.

Some Shalit deal prisoners resume terror

JERUSALEM, April 18 (UPI) -- Palestinian prisoners released in the Gilad Shalit swap who return to terror will serve out their former sentences before the new ones, a military court said.

Israel: Airstrike prevents planned attack

JERUSALEM, March 9 (UPI) -- Israel sustained a barrage of rocket fire from Gaza Friday after an airstrike prevented a terrorist attack by killing the man who planned it, officials said.

Israel: Shalit detainee rejoined Hamas

JERUSALEM, Feb. 8 (UPI) -- A reputed terrorist released in the deal that freed Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit has been arrested and could return to prison, the Israeli military said.
EU: No change in Palestinian aid

EU: No change in Palestinian aid

BRUSSELS, Feb. 7 (UPI) -- The European Union says the Palestinian Authority's new Fatah-Hamas unity government will not change the EU's ongoing financial assistance to Palestinians.

Shalit sends thank-you letter to Sarkozy

TEL AVIV, Israel, Jan. 11 (UPI) -- Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit sent a letter of thanks Wednesday to French President Nicolas Sarkozy for helping win his release from his Palestinian abductors.

Israel to release more Palestinians

JERUSALEM, Dec. 18 (UPI) -- Israel Sunday prepared to release 550 Palestinian prisoners in the second stage of the exchange deal that secured the release of Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit.
Delay of Palestinians' release rejected

Delay of Palestinians' release rejected

JERUSALEM, Dec. 16 (UPI) -- Israel's Supreme Court decided Friday to allow a second round of Palestinian prisoner releases in exchange for Gilad Shalit despite legal activists' objections.
Second phase of prisoner swap ready

Second phase of prisoner swap ready

JERUSALEM, Dec. 14 (UPI) -- Israeli prison officials listed 114 Palestinian detainees to be freed in the second phase of a prisoner swap, the Palestinian Prisoners Society said Wednesday.

Shrapnel removed from Shalit's arm

HAIFA, Israel, Nov. 5 (UPI) -- Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit has undergone surgery to have seven pieces of shrapnel removed from his elbow and forearm, Ynetnews reported.
Israel defense chief: Iran our main threat

Israel defense chief: Iran our main threat

TEL AVIV, Israel, Oct. 31 (UPI) -- Amid continuing concern that Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu is inclined to order military action against Iran's nuclear program, a key Defense Ministry chief says, "Iran is out central threat."

Israeli group opposes more prisoner swaps

TEL AVIV, Israel, Oct. 31 (UPI) -- An Israeli group opposed to the Gilad Shalit prisoner swap says it will publicly detail crimes committed by prisoners involved in the exchange.
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Gilad Shalit
Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit talks on the phone with his family in this photo provided by by the Israeli Government Press Office (GPO) on October 18, 2011. Shalit was released by Hamas after five years in captivity in a swap for hundreds of Palestinian prisoners. UPI/GPO/HO

Gilad Shalit (Hebrew: גלעד שליט‎, born 28 August 1986) is an Israeli and French national and an IDF soldier who was attacked and kidnapped from Israel on 25 June 2006 by Hamas militants in a cross-border raid. Shalit was captured near the Kerem Shalom crossing (in Israel), and has been held as a hostage at an unknown location in the Gaza Strip by Hamas and deprived of all International Red Cross visits since his abduction.

Hamas has refused requests from the International Committee of the Red Cross to allow the ICRC to visit Shalit, and claims that any such visit could betray the location where Shalit is being held captive. Multiple human rights organizations have stated that the terms and conditions of Shalit's confinement are contrary to international humanitarian law. To date, the only contact between Shalit and the outside world since his capture has been three letters, an audio tape, and a DVD that Israel received in return for releasing 20 female Palestinian prisoners.

Shalit holds dual French and Israeli citizenship, a fact that encouraged France and the European Union to be involved in efforts to release him from his captors.

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