Schalit activists block 'Brinks' truck from reaching Gaza 31.
(photo credit: REUTERS/Amir Cohen)
An armored Brink’s security truck carrying cash to the Gaza Strip returned to
Israel without delivering its payload after activists demanding the release of
captive soldier Gilad Schalit sat on the road and prevented the truck from
proceeding to the Erez crossing on Tuesday.
The activists, who positioned
themselves on the only road leading to the Gaza Strip crossing, surrounded the
truck and chanted, “The money won't pass until Gilad is returned,” and “Gilad is
still alive,” along with other slogans commonly heard at pro-Schalit
Police who arrived to disperse the protest attempted to
negotiate with the activists, but after nearly an hour, it was decided that the
truck would turn around and attempt to deliver the cash via another of the
crossings into the Strip.
On Monday, Noam Schalit called on the US
Congress to halt its funding to the Palestinian Authority until his son, Gilad,
was freed from captivity. In a statement, Schalit also expressed his
disappointment in Israel’s decision to transfer tax funds to the PA, despite its
newly signed unity deal with Hamas, his son’s captors.
“I am calling on
the heads of the Congress to use their influence to prevent financial assistance
to the Palestinian Authority until Gilad is released,” Schalit said in the