Letter campaign for Schalit launched

Supporters can send 24th birthday greetings via Giladgreetings.org.

By JTA
August 22, 2010 11:50
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A rally for Gilad Schalit

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A global campaign to send greetings to Gilad Schalit was launched last week, ahead of the captured IDF soldier's birthday on August 28.

The Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations is asking people to send greetings to Schalit for his 24th birthday, which can be done via Giladgreetings.org. The greetings will be presented to national Red Cross affiliates to be passed on to the International Committee of the Red Cross for delivery to Schalit.

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Schalit, who was taken captive in a cross-border raid more than four years ago, is presumed to be held in Gaza by captors who have not allowed him any visits by the Red Cross or any other humanitarian group. After Succot, the Conference of Presidents said it will make a symbolic presentation to the Red Cross asking it to intercede with Hamas and allow a humanitarian visit.

A billboard calling for Schalit’s release will be put up in Times Square for the week before Rosh Hashanah, which begins on September 8, the Conference of Presidents said.


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