We are asking, we are demanding, after four long years: Enough explanations, enough excuses, enough of the explanations as to why it is dangerous, enough foot-dragging20,000 join Shalit family march Jul 03, 2010
The Shalit family regrets that instead of worrying about the hundreds of Palestinian prisoners incarcerated in Israel, of which some could already have been released to their homes, the Hamas leaders continue to hold Gilad, our son, hostage to their political whims, an act which in itself is an ongoing war crime and a violation of international lawHamas releases propoganda video of Shalit Sep 20, 2010
There's no doubt that this is an important event of support and solidarity, as well as a test of whether the public stands behind us. I hope the decision-makers won't ignore the will of the peopleIsraelis observe silence for Gilad Shalit Mar 15, 2011
We shall come to the Erez crossing and try to pull Shalit out ourselves4 Israelis push for captive's release May 12, 2011
I fear Netanyahu is waiting to hear, God forbid, that Gilad did not survive the conditions he was kept in, so he could pay a lesser price for his returnGroup commemorates Shalit abduction Jun 25, 2011
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.