NEW YORK – Noam Schalit, father of captured IDF soldier Gilad Schalit, held a press conference at the United Nations Thursday, speaking of his meetings with UN officials and ambassadors to highlight his son’s captivity by Hamas being a violation of international humanitarian law.
Schalit said he and family members met with UN officials as well as ambassadors from the US, France, Russia, Italy and many other states, but were rebuffed in their request, made through the French ambassador’s office, to speak with the Palestinian permanent UN observer.
“My family is calling on all members of the international community to demand that the Palestinian Authority demonstrate its commitment to upholding international law,” including assuming responsibility for Gilad Schalit, his father said. “We hope that the UN as the conscience of the world will stand up for our son’s human rights.”
Schalit said Egypt is currently attempting to reassert a lead role in negotiations for Gilad Schalit’s release.