NY students urge Red Cross to visit Schalit

Some 1,000 students hold demonstration demanding that humanitarian group see IDF soldier held captive by Hamas.

By E. B. SOLOMONT, JERUSALEM POST CORRESPONDENT
May 28, 2009 00:05
NY students urge Red Cross to visit Schalit

schalit red cross rally nyc 248. (photo credit: )

 
X

Dear Reader,
As you can imagine, more people are reading The Jerusalem Post than ever before. Nevertheless, traditional business models are no longer sustainable and high-quality publications, like ours, are being forced to look for new ways to keep going. Unlike many other news organizations, we have not put up a paywall. We want to keep our journalism open and accessible and be able to keep providing you with news and analyses from the frontlines of Israel, the Middle East and the Jewish World.

As one of our loyal readers, we ask you to be our partner.

For $5 a month you will receive access to the following:

  • A user uxperience almost completely free of ads
  • Access to our Premium Section and our monthly magazine to learn Hebrew, Ivrit
  • Content from the award-winning Jerusalem Repor
  • A brand new ePaper featuring the daily newspaper as it appears in print in Israel

Help us grow and continue telling Israel’s story to the world.

Thank you,

Ronit Hasin-Hochman, CEO, Jerusalem Post Group
Yaakov Katz, Editor-in-Chief

UPGRADE YOUR JPOST EXPERIENCE FOR 5$ PER MONTH Show me later Don't show it again

Some 1,000 students demonstrated outside the New York headquarters of the International Committee of the Red Cross on Wednesday, urging the humanitarian group to visit kidnapped IDF soldier St.-Sgt. Gilad Schalit. Wearing T-shirts emblazoned with the slogan, "Meet with Schalit," they filled a city block, waving Israeli flags and chanting variations of one message: The Red Cross needs to step up its efforts to visit and correspond with Schalit, who was abducted outside the Gaza Strip nearly three years ago. "We think it's unconscionable that after three years of captivity, he's never been visited by the International Red Cross," said Richard Altabe, the principal of Magen David Yeshiva and an organizer of the event. He stressed that the rally was not political. "They [the Red Cross] haven't even met with [Gilad's father] Noam Schalit," he said. Palestinian authorities and Hamas have prevented the Red Cross from visiting and from carrying letters between Schalit and his family, said Dominique Buff, the head of the ICRC's delegation to the United Nations. "We deeply deplore that Hamas has denied access to our delegates," Buff said. "We don't have two sides on this issue. We are working on the same track."

Related Content

July 22, 2018
Accused Russian agent Butina met with Stanley Fischer

By REUTERS