Help Pay For Billboard Near U.N. About Gilad Shalit / For almost five years, the Gilad Shalit has been held captive illegally, in isolation, in unknown conditions. Hamas has forbidden him contact with the outside world, communication with his family, and basic humanitarian access from the Red Cross. These are clear violations of International Law, the Geneva Conventions and common human decency. As we approach the five year anniversary of his capture, the Palestinians are

Announcement: Billboard to Free Gilad Shalit

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Help Pay For Billboard Near U.N. About Gilad Shalit

For almost five years, the Gilad Shalit has been held captive illegally, in isolation, in unknown conditions. Hamas has forbidden him contact with the outside world, communication with his family, and basic humanitarian access from the Red Cross. These are clear violations of International Law, the Geneva Conventions and common human decency.

As we approach the five year anniversary of his capture, the Palestinians are seeking approval from the United Nations to establish a state of their own. It is time for us to remind the world that no state should be established upon such crimes. We must exert pressure on the international community for Gilad’s immediate release. Any further legitimization of the Palestinian push for statehood will only serve to allow the continuation of Shalit’s unlawful detainment and encourage other such terrorist acts.

Let’s put this billboard up to remind the U.N. that they cannot continue to ignore these terrorist actions, bypass the peace process, and legitimize Hamas.

Please donate to help erect this billboard near the U.N. headquarters: link
Jerusalem Post article about the project: link
Website about Gilad: link

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Rabbi Gil Student is the Publisher and Editor-in-Chief of TorahMusings.com, a leading website on Orthodox Jewish scholarly subjects, and the Book Editor of the Orthodox Union’s Jewish Action magazine. He writes a popular column on issues of Jewish law and thought featured in newspapers and magazines, including The Jewish Link, The Jewish Echo and The Vues. In the past, he has served as the President of the small Jewish publisher Yashar Books and as the Managing Editor of OU Press. Rabbi Student serves on the Executive Committee of the Rabbinical Council of America. He also serves on the Editorial Boards of Jewish Action magazine, the Journal of Halacha and Contemporary Society and the Achieve Journal of Behavioral Health, Religion & Community, as well as the Board of OU Press. He has published five English books, the most recent titled Search Engine volume 2: Finding Meaning in Jewish Texts -- Jewish Leadership, and served as the American editor for Morasha Kehillat Yaakov: Essays in Honour of Chief Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks.

6 comments

  1. Will this raise as much money as the Rubashkin campaign?

  2. All such efforts lead to an increase in the price necessary to have him released.

  3. “11235813 on June 1, 2011 at 7:28 pm
    All such efforts lead to an increase in the price necessary to have him released.”

    Agreed

  4. I think this is more about making a statement on the peace process and UN declarations of statehood.

  5. It is making a point to the UN and raising global awareness – keeping Shalit on the minds of people throughout the world. How can this even be compared to Rubashkin?? Gilad was risking his life for the security of Am Yisroel, expressing our support for him is the least we can do.

  6. Noam: I believe the intent was to *contrast* the effort for Gilad to the high profile and financially successful effort for Rubashkin.

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