Waving Israeli and U.S. flags and posters of Gilad Shalit, hundreds of Jewish activists on eight ships sailed up the East River to the United Nations on Thursday to call for action on behalf of the Israeli soldier held captive by Hamas for four years.
The Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations organized two large passenger boats and several groups joined the flotilla on sailboats and other pleasure craft as it rounded lower Manhattan from the West Side. The flotilla set sail on the eve of the fourth anniversary of Shalit’s capture.
The American Red Cross and Israel’s Magen David Adom signed an agreement Monday designed to strengthen relations between the two following a period of controversy. It spells out increased cooperation on several fronts, including preparedness for incidents involving weapons of mass destruction, international tracing and family reunification, and biomedical services.
“It will take away the suspicions of the past between us,” said MDA director general Avi Zohar.
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