Noam Schalit to speak at Tel Aviv housing march

Schalit: I will remind demonstrators that returning a kidnapped soldier is also part of social justice; marches planned trhoughout country.

August 27, 2011 19:21
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Noam Schalit, the father of kidnapped soldier Gilad Schalit, was scheduled to address the mass social-movement march scheduled for Saturday night, the night before his son's 25th birthday.

"I am speaking to remind people that social justice also means bringing our kidnapped soldier home," Gilad Schalit's father told Army Radio on Saturday.

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"We haven't done everything we can do," Schalit added, "there are still things that can be done."

Schalit said that he had been in contact with social-movement leaders for some time, and that they had recently invited him to come and speak.

Responding to the recent reports sourced mostly from the London-based Arabic-language newspaper Al Hayat that indirect negotiations were being held in Cairo between Hamas and Israeli delegations, Schalit said that they had mostly disregarded the newspaper's claims of progress in securing a deal with the Islamis group in Gaza to free his son.

"We don't see any breakthroughs," Schalit said, adding that "We don't look to Al Hayat in London. We look to sources closer to us, in Israel."

Large marches were planned for Tel Aviv, Jerusalem and Rishon Lezion as a way to keep the momentum going for sustained social change. Demonstrations were also planned for the smaller cities of Bakat Ono, Harish, and Tiberias. Schalit was scheduled to speak at the central Tel Aviv protest.

The march in Rishon Lezion was scheduled to commence at 8:00 p.m. from the Ben Gurion center, and continue until Park Hamoshava.

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In Jerusalem and Tel Aviv, the marches will begin at 9:00 p.m.

The Jerusalem demonstration will head out from Gan Hasus and continue through the central city until Paris Square.

In Tel Aviv, marches will commence in parallel from both Habima Square at the end of Rothschild Boulevard and continue to Ibn Gabriol and Kaplan streets, and in Jaffa from Bloomfield Stadium sto Hashnayyim Park at the intersection of Erlich and Yefet streets.

“We’re doing everything we can, and the struggle is still alive and kicking,” said Itai Gutler, the head of the Hebrew University Student Union. Like other members of the protest movement, Gutler was adamant that despite the low profile of the protests over the past two weeks, the movement is still going strong.

“I don’t think we lost anything, the lacks are the same lacks, they haven’t changed,” he said.

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