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Shalit Welcomed Home To Israel After Five Years Of Captivity

10/17/2011 - 20:00

Gilad Shalit was reunited with his family shortly after crossing into Israel from Egypt after his release earlier in the day by his captors in Gaza, ending five years and four months in captivity.

The Israel Defense Forces spokesman announced Shalit's return at 11 a.m. Tuesday Israel time. Shalit arrived in Egypt approximately three hours earlier.

A Thousand Terrorists for Shalit?

10/10/2011 - 20:00
Jewish Week Online Columnist

 

Editor's note: Earlier this year Rabbi Hammerman discussed the ethical implications of exchanging terrorists to save the life of an Israeli soldier. In light of the dramatic news of such a deal emerging from Israel he is revisiting that issue this week.

Q – Is the release of Gilad Shalit worth an exchange of a thousand Hamas prisoners, including some who have blood on their hands and could well kill more innocent Israelis (and others)?

Rabbi Joshua Hammerman

Reports: Israel And Hamas Near Deal To Exchange Prisoners For Gilad Shalit

10/10/2011 - 20:00

More than five ears after he was seized by Hamas militants, Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit may be on the verge of going home, and more than 1,000 Palestinian militants may be the price.

The deal could include a range of notorious prisoners including Marwan Barghouti, who is serving multiple life sentences in Israel for terrorist attacks, Ahmad Sadat of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine and  Ibrahim Hamed, former Hamas commander and plotter of the 2002 terror bombing at the Moment cafe in Jerusalem, Haaretz reported, citing Arab-language media.

Trading Charges, Not Olive Branches

By ramping up the incendiary rhetoric with accusations of Israeli racism, ethnic cleansing, targeted assassinations, waging a war of aggression, apartheid and threatening Islamic holy places, Mahmoud Abbas was fanning the flames of a Third Intifada he claims he doesn't want. 
 

U.N. Ambassador: Shalit Captivity Violates 'Basic Decency'

09/07/2011 - 20:00

Gilad Shalit's continued detention is a violation of "basic decency," Susan Rice, the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, said after meeting with his father.

11 Prominent U.S. Muslims Call For Shalit's Release

09/04/2011 - 20:00

A group of prominent American Muslims, including two members of Congress, issued a letter urging Hamas to immediately release captive Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit.

The Aug. 26 letter’s 11 signatories includeReps. Keith Ellison (D-Minn.) and Andre Carson (D-Ind.) as well as Muslim academics and communal figures.

“We believe Hamas’ harsh treatment and five-year detention of Shalit is wrong,” the Muslim leaders wrote in their letter, which was addressed to Khaled Mashal, the Syrian-based chairman of Hamas’ political bureau.

Israel arrests top West Bank Hamas leader

08/31/2011 - 20:00

JERUSALEM (JTA) -- Israel arrested a top Hamas leader in the West Bank that it had released from jail several weeks ago.

The Israeli military arrested Sheikh Hassan Yusef late Wednesday night in the West Bank as he crossed a checkpoint between the Palestinian cities of Ramallah and Nablus, AFP reported.

The Israel Defense Forces confirmed Palestinian reports of Yusef's arrest, but did not give any details as to why he was detained.

Rockets Disrupt Brief Israel-Hamas Ceasefire

08/21/2011 - 20:00

Within hours of a ceasefire between Israel and Palestinian factions in Gaza, reportedly brokered by Egypt, two rockets were fired into southern Israel, the Israel Defense Forces reported Monday.

"Just now, despite the ceasefire, 2 more rockets were fired from gaza into southern Israel, home to more than 1 million Israelis," the IDF's spokesperson said in a Twitter message.

Israel Frees Hamas Founder Early In Honor of Ramadan

Israel released from prison one of the founders of Hamas, who had been imprisoned for five years for terrorist activities.

Sheik Hassan Yousef, one of Hamas' most prominent figures in the West Bank, was released Thursday along with 200 Palestinian prisoners as a gesture in honor Ramadan, said the Israel Prison Service.

Hamas Publishes Details Of Shalit Capture

07/25/2011 - 20:00

Hamas published operational details about its abduction of Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit.

As part of events marking five years since its gunmen tunneled across the Gaza Strip border to seize Shalit, the Hamas website Al-Qassamiyoun this week featured an expose on the operation it dubbed "Shattered Illusions."

The site confirmed what already has been reported in Israel about the June 25, 2006 raid, during which three of Shalit's comrades where killed while he was spirited, wounded, back to Gaza.

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