Students protest treatment of Gilad Schalit 311.
(photo credit: Zeevi Levavi)
The Knesset Lobby for Gilad Schalit visited the Ofer Prison Sunday, where MKs
renewed complaints regarding the inequality between Hamas prisoners’ conditions
and those of the captive IDF soldier.
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“There is no proportionality
between the conditions that Palestinian prisoners are granted in Israeli prisons
and the way that Gilad Schalit is held,” complained Foreign Affairs and Defense
Committee chairman Shaul Mofaz (Kadima) during the visit.
Mofaz said that
the time had come to reassess previous proposals to strip Hamas prisoners of
some of their privileges in response to Schalit’s continued
Other members of the Knesset lobby highlighted the
inconsistency in the fact that Hamas prisoners receive regular visits both by
family members as well as Red Cross representatives, while no emissary has been
allowed to visit Schalit in almost five years of captivity.
thousands of Canadians will take part in an online protest on Monday night
calling for the release of IDF soldier Gilad Schalit, who has been held captive
in Gaza by Hamas for 1,716 days. Shimshon Liebman, the head of the campaign to
free the abducted soldier, thanked Canadian Jewry for its solidarity and
stressed that Schalit is being held in confinement in violation of international
“For the past 1,716 days, Gilad has never met anyone from the free
world,” Liebman said. “We thank Canadian Jewry for their help and hope to rally
the entire community for the just release of Gilad Schalit.” Gil Shefler
contributed to this report.