Gilad Shalit is not a 'Bargaining Chip'

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Amnesty International was born out of the injustice of the forgotten prisoner.  In 1960, a British lawyer, Peter Benenson, read a story about the imprisonment of two Portuguese students, who had raised their wine glasses in a toast to freedom, but had been overheard and imprisoned.  Benenson wrote an article, ‘The Forgotten Prisoner’ for The Observer which started the worldwide movement, Amnesty International, which works on behalf of prisoners and in support of basic human rights for all.

Israeli soldier, Gilad Shalit is completing his fourth year of isolated captivity June 25th, 2010.

Although Hamas has asserted that Gilad is alive and being well treated, the only communications that Gilad has had with the outside world, and indeed the only real proof of life that have been put forward, are a videotape and letter written by him in 2007, a year after he was captured, and another videotape passed on to the Israeli government in October 2009.

Amnesty International members have been campaigning on behalf of Gilad Shalit since 2006 and to also end the misuse of administrative detention of Palestinians in the Occupied Territories by Israel and for family visits.  Amnesty has condemned the use of prisoners as political bargaining chips as a violation of international law by both Israel and Hamas, the de facto administration in the Gaza Strip, noting both Israel’s detention of Palestinian parliamentarians as well as the detention of Gilad Shalit.

As Gilad’s captivity closes in on the fifth year of secret imprisonment, Amnesty International urges Hamas to abide by its international obligations.  Gilad should be afforded his rights to regular visitation by the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), regular communication with his family and to be treated humanely.    He should also not be used as a ‘bargaining chip’.

Don’t let Gilad become a ‘forgotten prisoner’.  Join Amnesty in its call for Gilad to be treated humanely by taking action online now.

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10 thoughts on “Gilad Shalit is not a 'Bargaining Chip'

  1. Please stop censoring my comments. I do not break any of the rules of this blog and always provide acceptable verifiable references for any factual claims I make. Why would an organization that defends free speech around the world practice censorship of ideas they do not agree with?

    Compare the situation for Palestinians held in Israeli jails with that of poor Gilad's cruel suffering.

    source: International Committee of the Red Cross
    16-02-2010, Operational update, Israel and the occupied Palestinian territory http://www.icrc.org/web/eng/siteeng0.nsf/html/pal

    "Visiting Palestinian detainees and restoring family links

    The ICRC visited detainees from the West Bank in more than 30 places of detention in Israel.

    Thanks to the ICRC's family visit programme, which has been running since 1968, some 13,400 Palestinians from the West Bank could visit relatives in Israeli prisons every month over the past year.

    "This is one of our largest programmes, and it is quite a logistical feat," explained Veronika Hinz Gugliuzza, the ICRC's Tracing Coordinator who keeps the programme running together with 29 other ICRC staff. "Every month, we have to get thousands of permits from the Israeli Civil Administration on time, hire about 665 vehicles, drive the families to checkpoints and terminals and pick them up on the Israeli side where buses are waiting to transport them to the prisons. Then we have to repeat the whole process in reverse to get them home again."

  2. O Hamas deve dar mostra de vida de Gilad Shalit, e ter o bom senso de aceitar a troca oferecida, são quase mil familias palestinas que poder-iam sentir a alegria de ter de volta seus seres queridos e Hamas não permite. Que Hamas quer? De Brasil, Raúl.

  3. Please stop censoring my comments. I do not break any of the rules of this blog and always provide acceptable verifiable references for any factual claims I make. Why would an organization that defends free speech around the world practice censorship of ideas they do not agree with?

    Compare the situation for Palestinians held in Israeli jails with that of poor Gilad's cruel suffering.

    source: International Committee of the Red Cross
    16-02-2010, Operational update, Israel and the occupied Palestinian territory http://www.icrc.org/web/eng/siteeng0.nsf/html/pal

    "Visiting Palestinian detainees and restoring family links

    The ICRC visited detainees from the West Bank in more than 30 places of detention in Israel.

    Thanks to the ICRC's family visit programme, which has been running since 1968, some 13,400 Palestinians from the West Bank could visit relatives in Israeli prisons every month over the past year.

    "This is one of our largest programmes, and it is quite a logistical feat," explained Veronika Hinz Gugliuzza, the ICRC's Tracing Coordinator who keeps the programme running together with 29 other ICRC staff. "Every month, we have to get thousands of permits from the Israeli Civil Administration on time, hire about 665 vehicles, drive the families to checkpoints and terminals and pick them up on the Israeli side where buses are waiting to transport them to the prisons. Then we have to repeat the whole process in reverse to get them home again."

  4. Please stop censoring my comments. I do not break any of the rules of this blog and always provide acceptable verifiable references for any factual claims I make. Why would an organization that defends free speech around the world practice censorship of ideas they do not agree with?

    Compare the situation for Palestinians held in Israeli jails with that of poor Gilad's cruel suffering.

    source: International Committee of the Red Cross
    16-02-2010, Operational update, Israel and the occupied Palestinian territory http://www.icrc.org/web/eng/siteeng0.nsf/html/pal

    "Visiting Palestinian detainees and restoring family links

    The ICRC visited detainees from the West Bank in more than 30 places of detention in Israel.

    Thanks to the ICRC's family visit programme, which has been running since 1968, some 13,400 Palestinians from the West Bank could visit relatives in Israeli prisons every month over the past year.

    "This is one of our largest programmes, and it is quite a logistical feat," explained Veronika Hinz Gugliuzza, the ICRC's Tracing Coordinator who keeps the programme running together with 29 other ICRC staff. "Every month, we have to get thousands of permits from the Israeli Civil Administration on time, hire about 665 vehicles, drive the families to checkpoints and terminals and pick them up on the Israeli side where buses are waiting to transport them to the prisons. Then we have to repeat the whole process in reverse to get them home again."

  5. O Hamas deve dar mostra de vida de Gilad Shalit, e ter o bom senso de aceitar a troca oferecida, são quase mil familias palestinas que poder-iam sentir a alegria de ter de volta seus seres queridos e Hamas não permite. Que Hamas quer? De Brasil, Raúl.

  6. Please stop censoring my comments. I do not break any of the rules of this blog and always provide acceptable verifiable references for any factual claims I make. Why would an organization that defends free speech around the world practice censorship of ideas they do not agree with?

    Compare the situation for Palestinians held in Israeli jails with that of poor Gilad’s cruel suffering.

    source: International Committee of the Red Cross
    16-02-2010, Operational update, Israel and the occupied Palestinian territory
    http://www.icrc.org/web/eng/siteeng0.nsf/html/palestine-update-160210

    “Visiting Palestinian detainees and restoring family links

    The ICRC visited detainees from the West Bank in more than 30 places of detention in Israel.

    Thanks to the ICRC’s family visit programme, which has been running since 1968, some 13,400 Palestinians from the West Bank could visit relatives in Israeli prisons every month over the past year.

    “This is one of our largest programmes, and it is quite a logistical feat,” explained Veronika Hinz Gugliuzza, the ICRC’s Tracing Coordinator who keeps the programme running together with 29 other ICRC staff. “Every month, we have to get thousands of permits from the Israeli Civil Administration on time, hire about 665 vehicles, drive the families to checkpoints and terminals and pick them up on the Israeli side where buses are waiting to transport them to the prisons. Then we have to repeat the whole process in reverse to get them home again.”

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  8. @ Judo Nimh: Thanks for taking the time to share your views on our blog. Rest assured that your comments are not being “censored” as you claim. However, your comments are routinely held up in our blog’s Spam filter because they often contain excessive linking or are very lengthy. To ensure your comments are posted in a timely fashion, please do not include more than 2 links in your comments and try to keep your comments to a reasonable length.