Friday, June 24, 2011

Gilad Shalit: We Have not Forgotten You

This weekend marks the five year anniversary of the abduction of Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit. I was in Israel when he was taken, just as I was entering rabbinical school. It is beyond belief that he is still in captivity all of these years later. Hamas, the terrorist organization that runs the Gaza strip and is holding Shalit, has not allowed the Red Cross or the UN to visit him and verify the fact that he is alive and in good health -- rights guaranteed (and then some) for all Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails. We must fight for his release every day and pray for his well being.

Gilad -- We have not forgotten you. May you return home quickly and in good health to a family that loves you, a country that cares deeply, and a people who are on your side.