Int'l rallies seek soldiers' release

Tens of thousands are expected to attend rallies for Israel's captives Monday.

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Tens of thousands are expected to attend rallies throughout the world on Monday calling for the release of kidnapped IDF soldiers Ehud Goldwasser, Eldad Regev and Gilad Schalit. Organized by Jewish and Zionist organizations, including the Jewish Agency, the World Zionist Organization, the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations and many others, the rallies will seek to focus world attention on the plight of the kidnapped soldiers, who are being held in contravention of international law in secret locations and in unknown conditions. "We have a bad feeling that this issue is dropping from the international agenda," said Amos Hermon, head of the Jewish Agency's Special Task Force for Hasbara and Fighting Anti-Semitism. "It's just another three kidnapped Israeli soldiers, and no one knows what their condition is - the point is to put this on the international community's agenda." Second Lebanon War - A year later: JPost special: The Second Lebanon War
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