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19 (Gilad Shalit held captive for 4 years)

June 28, 2010

Fans light candles in solidarity for the release of Gilad Shalit at a recent Idan Raichel concert

4 years have passed since Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) soldier Gilad Shalit was captured by Palestinians and became prisoner of Hamas. His name has had a strong presence in the news here in Israel for the last week or so. A 12-day protest march began on Sunday at the Shalit residence in northern Israel and is scheduled to end in front of the prime minister’s residence in Jerusalem. 10,000 participants were estimated in the march yesterday. At the Idan Raichel concert we went to two days ago, ribbons and candles were handed out at the entrance to express solidarity for Gilad’s release.

Yuval told me it is the IDF’s policy to bring back all soldiers home, alive, injured, or dead. Gilad Shalit’s situation is quite the contrary. He is captured in Gaza, which is approximately only 5 kilometers away from his homeland. To know he is that close and to still not be able to bring him home after 4 years. How excruciating is that for his family? How does that make the current and future IDF soldiers feel?

When I first learned of Gilad Shalit, I had what I imagine to be a typical reaction: what is the Israeli government doing? Shouldn’t they be doing whatever they can at all costs to get him released? It is the humane part of me that automatically wishes for his release as soon as possible regardless of the costs. It is the humane part of me that accepts the fluorescent ribbon for Gilad at the entrance of the Idan Raichel show and tie it around my neck.

But with everything concerning the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, every new information I learn makes me realize that the situation is very complicated and is beyond just humane reaction or emotion. Hamas is asking for the release of 1,000 Palestinian prisoners in exchange, many of whom are convicted of terrorist acts. If those prisoners are released, what kind of threat will they impose on Israeli society? And how will that make the families of victims of terrorist attacks? Complicated, isn’t it?





Much love,


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