The Case of Gilad Shalit~Part I

Gilad Shalit, was captured on 26 June 2006, in  an ambush by Palestinian militants. His kidnappers entered Israeli territory through an underground tunnel near the Kerem Shalom crossing, on the Israeli side of the border.  This Action Violates International Law.  Although Gilad Shalit is a soldier in the Israeli Army, he cannot be considered a Prisoner of War because Hamas made no official declaration of war and therefore his abduction was illegal.  Gilad Shalit is a hostage today of the Terrorist movement Hamas. Here is a transcript of the last Sign of Life from Giald Shalit.  It was Video taped on 14 Sepember 2009. * Translation taken from Haaretz newspaper, Israel.
I am Gilad, son of Aviva and Noam Shalit, brother of Hadas and Yoel, who lives in Mitzpe Hila. My identification number is 300097029. Today is Monday, September 14, 2009. As you can see, I am holding in my hand today’s edition of the newspaper Palestine, September 14, 2009, published in Gaza.

I read newspapers in search of information about me. I hope to find some kind of information indicating that my release and return home is imminent. I have been waiting and hoping for a long time for the day that I am released.

I hope that the current administration, headed by Benjamin Netanyahu won’t waste this opportunity to achieve a deal, and as a result I will finally be able to realize my dream and be released.

I want to send my regards to my family and to tell them that I love them and miss them very much, and pray for the day that I will see them again.

Dad, Yoel and Hadas, do you remember the day you came to visit me at my base in the Golan Heights, on December 31, 2005, which, if I’m not mistaken, is known as Revaiyah Bet?

We took a tour around the base and you took my picture atop the Merkava tank, and on one of the old tanks at the entrance to the base. We then went to a restaurant in one of the Druze villages, and on the way, we took each other’s pictures on the side of the road with the snow capped Hermon Mountain as our backdrop.

I want to tell you that I feel well, in terms of health, and the Mujahideen, of the Iz al-Din al-Qassam Brigades, are treating me wonderfully. Thank you very much, and goodbye.

In solidarity with Gilad Shalit and his family, Amisrael, a non profit organization operating in South America has taken up the cause of Gilad Shalit.  Most notably, Amisrael will present to Noam  Shalit, Gilad’s father copies of resolutions made by fifteen Latin American states recognizing the violation of Gilad Shalit’s human rights and demanding his release.
The Israel Vision film crew went to a press conference in Jerusalem and was there to witness the occasion.    Dr. William Soto, international Director and Founder of AMISRAEL was quoted as saying, “By gathering broad support from peoples of diverse ethnic and religious backgrounds, we also show the people of Israel that they are not alone, and that there is a strong community rallying to support their rights”…Post by David Rawlings

Pomegranate Time

All over Israel the trees are heavy with pomegranates. This amazing fruit is desirable for its healthy, antioxidant qualities. The word pomegranate, “rimon” in Hebrew, is derived from the Latin words “pomum” (apple) and “granatus” (seeded). We read in Exodus 28:33-34, that the kohanim are told to weave pomegranates into the hem of their robes, and right up to today, Jews eat pomegranates on Rosh Hoshanah (New Year) for its symbolism of fruitfulness, knowledge, learning, and wisdom. Some even claim it was the “forbidden fruit” in the garden of Eden. A search on the internet produces a wealth of interesting articles (and great recipes).
You can make juice, shakes, cocktails, jams, jellies, marinades and sauces for lamb or chicken, throw it over your cereal, mix it into yogurt, or toss it into a salad for a marvelous taste. The culinary ideas are endless, as are the stories. One interesting story is about the link to the 613 “mitzvahs” (commandments) of the Torah. It is said that if you count the seeds in a pomegranate you will find exactly 613–one for each mitzvah. If anyone takes the time–let us know how many you found! Good Health and Good Eating!

Gilad Shalit – Over 1500 Days

Everyone in Israel, and in many countries around the world have heard the name Gilad Shalit. What parent would not feel pain for the Shalits in their struggle to have their son returned? They say he is hidden underground–Try to imagine what it must be like for him. After the rescue of the miners in Chile, it is said that they (the miners) will suffer emotionally–What of Gilad Shalit?
Gilad Shalit has “never” been visited by  the Red Cross or any international aid agency. Indeed, the only sign of life has been a single video which was only released after Israel “paid a price”.

When  the highly publicized  “Humanitarian Flotilla for Gaza”   attempted to break through to Gaza they refused a simple request  made by Mr. Shalit  to accept a letter to be delivered to his son. If they were really “Humanitarians”  as they claim, Why would they Refuse this  “humanitarian” request?

Meanwhile, Hamas and PA areas have Graffiti picturing the suffering boy as an aged man; posted this video showing the suffering of the father trying to free his son–with the end showing a coffin being unloaded in front of Mr. Shalit. Even more insidious is another  video clip giving the impression of Gilad’s  Execution. They use these emotional ploys for their own evil designs.  They are asking for the release of thousands of murderous terrorists to an area where they would be free to kill again. What country would accept such terms?

Regardless of whether one loves or hates Israel, what is being done to Gilad is cruel and inhuman. And yet, money and supplies go into Gaza daily, people all over the world demonize Israel and hold up the flags of Hamas and the PA–the new “cause”.

By turning our backs on this abomination we are no better than the terrorists who are behind this madness–one day we will  all have to face The Creator to answer for our omissions as well as commissions.

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