Rivlin Schalit Exhibit 311.
(photo credit: Gabi Farkash)
Knesset Speaker Reuven Rivlin dedicated on Monday evening an exhibit in the
European Parliament in Brussels consisting of drawings based on captive soldier
Gilad Schalit’s book When the Shark and the Fish First Met, that he wrote at age
“It is a grave mistake to consider Gilad Schalit’s fate as a matter
of the Israeli- Palestinian conflict, instead of basic human values,” Rivlin
added. “The free world must react harshly to Hamas’s
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“Political and diplomatic excuses in connection to Gilad are
only providing an escape for terrorist organizations,” Rivlin told European
Parliament President Jerzy Buzek, adding that he hopes the exhibit will raise
awareness of Schalit’s captivity.
Buzek said that Schalit, who holds
French and Israeli citizenship, “is a citizen of the European Union,” and called
for his immediate release.
MK Nachman Shai (Kadima), who joined Rivlin in
Brussels, voiced “the firm and uncompromising demand to allow the Red Cross to
visit Schalit and make sure that he is held in humane conditions, according to
“We demand, once again, that Gilad Schalit be
released,” Shai said. “There is no reason for Hamas to continue holding him
The exhibit, titled “Shark and Fish, Wolf and Lamb – Hope and
,” was organized by Lee Rimon of “The Edge,” a gallery in Nahariya.
Dozens of artists illustrated scenes from Schalit’s book. The works have
previously been displayed in the Knesset.