Schalit tent 311.
(photo credit: Marc Israel Sellem)
A day after the rally that saw 15,000 people come out in support of
St.-Sgt. Gilad Schalit in the capital on Thursday, volunteers continued
to show solidarity with the kidnapped soldier by handing out bumper stickers and
yellow ribbons at a tent in front of the Prime Minister’s Residence.
of the volunteers, Dan Fishbein, from Kibbutz Afikim in the Galilee, who was
among 150 who marched with the Schalits during the entire 11-day journey from
their home in Mitzpe Hila to Jerusalem, said he was inspired by the image of
Schalit suffering in captivity.
“There is a young man in tremendous pain
right now, who hasn’t seen his family in 1,475 days,” Fishbein
“This needs to be the most important thing to consider.”
tent is adorned with large cloth signs from the march bearing the signatures of
thousands of people wishing Gilad Schalit well and hoping for his
On Friday morning, well-wishers passed by, giving encouragement
to Schalit’s parents, Noam and Aviva.
They included people from all walks
of life: haredim, Arabs, soldiers, the old and the young.
At one point, a
tour bus pulled up, letting off 40 high school students from Yavneh
London. One of the trip’s chaperones, Rabbi Andrew Davis, said that his
had seen the march as they toured the country and felt it was important
by the tent. There, they signed a cloth banner and briefly met with the
to offer their support.
The public campaign has increased pressure on
Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu to strike a deal with Hamas.
has said he is willing to trade 1,000 security prisoners for Schalit,
he will not accept Hamas’s demand to include senior terrorists. He fears
they will return to violence.
Across the street from the tent, a man sits
under a banner proclaiming it is too dangerous to make a trade for
Fishbein said that he respected the man for expressing his
opinion, and the manner in which he was doing it, but insisted that
trade for Schalit was the right thing to do.
Schalit’s parents have
pledged to camp outside the Prime Minister’s Residence until a deal is