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(photo credit: Channel 10)
The lights of the Colosseum in Rome will be turned off Thursday evening in
solidarity with kidnapped IDF soldier Gilad Schalit.
Gilad’s father, will be in attendance, along with Rome’s citizens and the
representatives of local and national Italian institutions. According to
organizers, the gathering is meant to send a message to the world: “Free Gilad
Speeches will be given by Noam Schalit and the mayor of Rome, and
pictures of the soldier will be screened. At 11 p.m. (12 a.m. in Israel)
the lights of the Colosseum will be turned off.
“We immediately launched
the campaign for Schalit because we feel the burden of anxiety,” said the
president of Rome’s Jewish community, Riccardo Pacifici.
Rome Mayor Gianni Alemanno bestowed honorary citizenship on Gilad
city has strongly supported the initiative in the Colosseum. Other
Italy have joined, and some of the municipalities will turn off the
some of their monuments.
“We want to sensitize public opinion and
strongly assert our values, which belong to civil society as a whole –
all, the value of freedom. This event is first and foremost an
expression of our
strong support for the State of Israel,” Pacifici said.