Happy Birthday, Gilad!

Gilad Schalit turned 24 years old today.

He is the son of Aviva and Noam Schalit from Mitzpe Hilla in the Western Galilee and the brother of Yoel and Hadas.

On Sunday, June 25, 2006, at 5:40 in the morning, a terrorist group of several Palestinians crossed the border south of the Gaza Strip into Israel through a tunnel near Kerem Shalom and attacked an army facility that was within the sovereign territory of Israel.

The force numbered 8-armed Palestinians. It penetrated about a hundred meters into Israeli territory and split into three groups. The first group shot at an armored car that stood there. It was empty so no one was hurt. The second group attacked an IDF post manned by soldiers of the Desert Patrol. This attack included explosives and gunfire from light weapons which wounded three Israeli soldiers. At the same time at least one rocket was fired and grenades were thrown at a tank positioned in the area. The tank was manned by four soldiers one of whom was Gilad Schalit. The missile hit the rear end of the tank causing the death of its commander and an additional soldier.

One soldier was wounded. Gilad Schalit, the fourth soldier in the tank, was wounded in the shoulder and was abducted from the tank and taken by the terrorists to the Gaza strip.

Gilad’s abductors were members of the Izz ad-Din al-Qassam Brigades (the military wing of Palestinian governing party Hamas), the Popular Resistance Committees (which includes members of Fatah, Islamic Jihad and Hamas), and the Army of Islam.

To date, attempts by the international Red Cross to communicate with Shalit have been thwarted, but there’s hope, among those organizing the Free Gilad Schalit Campaign, that their efforts will help facilitate communication with Gilad and lead to his release.

Here’s contact information for those wishing to express support:

In the U.S., mail cards to: Gilad Shalit c/o Conference of Presidents 633 Third Ave 21st Flr New York, NY 10017
In Israel, mail cards to: Gilad Shalit By Magen David Adom in Israel Post Office Box 101101 Tel Aviv 61950

For more info or to send electronic greeting go to http://www.giladgreetings.org.

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  1. if there is one story that makes it hard for me to feel compassion for the problems Gazans have to deal with it is this one.

    There must be lots of people who know where he is and how he is doing, if one only one of them would pass that knowledge on …

  2. The Hamas seem to regard Gilad as a prize of war and a symbol of their hatred of Israel and not as a person.

    I fear that his life must be a daily torment.

  3. @margie, let us hope his life not a daily torment, I hope with all my heart that his captors treat gilad with some compassion. FREE GILAD NOW, write to the papers, make his case known, and demand his release, 3 comments on here so far.. I hope there are more

  4. Hairy

    They are not people. They are zombies.

    All the best for this brave kid, he is a hero and I can’t even think of how his days pass, or the days of his family.

  5. i too know of and pray for Gilad shalit release. More press must be given about Gilad. i am in texas and i care about Gilad and family too. PLease MR. obama do something now! Hollywood media do something!