Gilad Schalit 311.
(photo credit: REUTERS)
Two French judges were appointed to conduct an investigation into Gilad
Schalit’s kidnapping and take action against Hamas earlier this week.
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move was made in response to a complaint Noam Schalit filed in French District
Court five weeks ago appealing to the French judicial system to hold the
terrorist organization accountable for Schalit’s kidnapping five years
Schalit is a dual Israeli-French citizen, and French courts can
investigate crimes against French citizens overseas, issue warrants and try
Nick Kaufman, an Israeli lawyer for the Schalit family,
said that it is significant that two, and not one, judges were
“Normally only one judge is appointed – but the fact that two
were appointed indicates that the French judicial system thinks that this is a
case of such magnitude and importance,” he said.
In the next few weeks
Kaufman expects that one of the judges will invite Noam Schalit to Paris to hear
his complaints in person.
He said that he hopes that the judges “find the
people who are most responsible – who we believe to be Khaled Mashaal – and
issue arrest warrants.”
On Thursday, a group of 250 French-Israelis and
French tourists protested outside the Red Cross in Tel Aviv, demanding that the
Red Cross pressure Hamas to reveal a sign of life of Gilad. The protest was
organized by a group of French journalists in Israel.
for an hour, officials from the Red Cross met with the protesters, according to
a French journalist.
“The Red Cross has to ask Hamas every week for a
sign of life, not one or two times... They are not doing their responsibility,”
the journalist said.