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Thousands demonstrated at the Trocadero Square in Paris Tuesday, calling for the release of captured IDF soldier St.-Sgt. Gilad Schalit.
For years on, and Gilad's still in captivity
The demonstrators, among them members of various French Jewish organizations and solidarity groups, held up Israeli flags and supportive banners. “To defend Israel is to defend democracy,” said one, while another accused Iran of being an accomplice in Hamas terrorism. “To boycott Israel is to boycott peace,” read a third. Yet others called for Schalit’s immediate release.
Schalit, a French national, has been held captive in the Hamas-ruled
Gaza Strip for almost four years.
Meanwhile Tuesday, the Hamas-affiliated al-Resalah
newspaper reported that Schalit was being permitted to watch the World
Cup and that he was disappointed by the French team’s games.
Earlier that day, Schalit’s grandfather Tzvi met with Prime
Minister Binyamin Netanyahu
to discuss efforts to reach a deal with
Hamas for the soldier’s release.
After the meeting Tzvi Schalit commented that he was not optimistic, and
was quoted as saying simply, "I'm exhausted."