VANCOUVER, Canada — In anticipation of a trip to Canada by Gilad Schalit, the nation’s largest Jewish newspaper criticized the former captive Israeli soldier.
The Jewish Tribune, founded and still closely associated with B’nai Brith Canada, cited a mixed reaction to Schalit’s four-city visit in September.
“While his story is intriguing and his return heartwarming, some have expressed concern that by appearing worldwide as an invited guest speaker, Schalit — who showed no resistance during his abduction nor made any attempt to protect his fellow IDF soldiers — could now become a new Israeli icon,” wrote Atara Beck, the Tribune’s Israel correspondent.
The article did not cite any sources critical of Schalit’s visit. He is scheduled to make appearances in Toronto, Montreal, Calgary and Vancouver.
The newspaper also published a letter referring to Schalit as a “stumblebum” and calling his visit a “dubious honor.”