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Friday, November 19, 2010

German Parliament demands Gilad Shalit’s release

Gilad Shalit has been held prisoner by Hamas since June 25, 2006, when he was captured at a border check-point during a cross-border raid.  Hamas has consistently refused requests by international governments and organizations for Shalit to be visited by the International Committee of the Red Cross, a group that routinely visits prisoners to verify humane treatment.  In 2009, the UN Fact Finding Mission on the Gaza Conflict called for his release, to no avail.
German Jewish leaders and pro-Israel groups applauded a German parliamentary motion demanding that Hamas release captured Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit.
The motion, passed Nov. 11, calls for negotiations and "trust-building" measures leading to Shalit's release, including allowing a Red Cross to visit the soldier who was captured in a cross-border Gaza raid in March 2006. The text was presented Oct. 27 by the Christian Democratic Party and Christian Social Union, the Social Democratic Party, the Free Democratic Party and the Greens.
 Read more at JTA

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