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Red Cross Disappoints On Gilad Shalit

Gilad Shalit is held hostage by Hamas for more than two years

Hamas has not allowed any access to Shalit by the Red Cross, or anyone else

Even Nazi Germany accepted visits of the Red Cross delegates to the concentration camps

Gilad Shalit

"The International Red Cross should be more active and persuasive in getting a visit with abducted Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit" - that's the view of Noam, the father of corporal Shalit who was captured over two years ago by Palestinian terrorists from the Gaza Strip. Since then, in total violation of international law, the Palestinians had not allowed the Red Cross to pay even one visit to Gilad to testify to his treatment and condition. Today Israeli protesters gathered outside an Israeli prison where Red Cross Representatives once again visited captured Palestinian prisoners.

West Bank, Qalandya checkpoint. ICRC programme enabling families of Palestinian detainees held in Israel to visit them. (photo: ICRC)

Deputy Defense Minister Matan Vilnai rejected a bid by Hamas to conduct visits via audio-video links with its prisoners arrested by Israel in Judea and Samaria. The request was presented to Vilnai by intermediaries from the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) and the Palestinian Authority. The daily newspaper Ma'ariv quoted Vilnai saying "I told them to visit Gilad Shalit, and then we'll talk."

Hamas has not allowed any access to Shalit by the Red Cross, or anyone else, since he was abducted by terrorists from three groups under its umbrella on June 25, 2006. Two IDF soldiers were killed and a fourth soldier was critically wounded in the cross-border raid, which was carried out near the Kerem Shalom Crossing with Gaza.

The ICRC (International Committee of the Red Cross) states on its website: "Palestinian armed factions captured Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit on 25 June 2006. Today, more than two years later, his condition is still unclear. The ICRC has made repeated but unsuccessful requests to visit him or be allowed to pass on family news."

Noam and Gilad Shalit

Gilad's father, Noam, said in an interview on ICRC website: "I am disappointed that the ICRC is unable to impose its humanitarian agenda on a Palestinian organization and compel it to comply with the Geneva Conventions and international humanitarian law. We would like the ICRC to be more assertive, more active and more persuasive. After all, Hamas often relies on the ICRC for humanitarian matters so we were expecting that, similarly, the ICRC would succeed in getting what it needs and wants from Hamas."

Visit Website of "Erim Balaila" - Awake at night - Israeli prisoners in Arab hands non-profit organization.

Recorded Message From Gilad Shalit

On June 25, 2007 Hamas released a recorded message from captured IDF soldier Corporal Gilad Shalit. The message was posted on the Web site of Hamas's military wing.

'I am the soldier Gilad, son of Noam Shalit, who was captured by Izz ad-Din al-Qassam. Mom and Dad, sister and brother, my friends in the IDF - I send you my love and I miss you all. It has been a whole year in prison, and still my health is deteriorating. I am in need of prolonged hospitalization.

I am sorry for the Israeli government's and IDF's lack of interest in me and their rejection of the demands of Izz ad-Din al-Qassam Brigades [the Hamas armed wing]. It is clear that they must accept their demands if they want me to be released from prison, especially since I was part of a military operation under military instruction and not a drug dealer.

And just as I have parents, a mother and a father, the Palestinian prisoners also have mothers and fathers - and their children must be returned to them. I have great confidence in my government that they will focus more on my issue and accept the demands of my captors. Corporal Gilad Shalit.'


Nazi Germany & Hezbollah

Even Nazi Germany accepted the ICRC delegates to visit the concentration camps during WWII:

Child Killer Samir Kuntar

On March 12, 1945, ICRC president Jacob Burckhardt received a message from SS General Ernst Kaltenbrunner accepting the ICRC's demand to allow delegates to visit the concentration camps. This agreement was bound by the condition that these delegates would have to stay in the camps until the end of the war. Ten delegates, among them Louis Haefliger (Camp Mauthausen), Paul Dunant (Camp Theresienstadt) and Victor Maurer (Camp Dachau), accepted the assignment and visited the camps.

The International Red Cross also failed to gain access to kidnapped IDF reservists Ehud Goldwasser and Eldad Regev, both of whom were kidnapped on the northern border by Hezbollah terrorists in an attack that ignited the 2006 Second Lebanon War. The two soldiers, who were kidnapped less than a month after Shalit's abduction, were both killed immediately or shortly after their capture. Despite all efforts, their terrorist captors refused to release any information about them to the Red Cross or anyone else until their coffins crossed the border in exchange for living, healthy child murderer Samir Kuntar and other terrorists this past summer.

Excerpts from the International Humanitarian Law

Captured combatants and civilians who find themselves under the authority of the adverse party are entitled to respect for their lives, their dignity, their personal rights and their political, religious and other convictions. They must be protected against all acts of violence or reprisal. They are entitled to exchange news with their families and receive aid. They must enjoy basic judicial guarantees.

All parties to an armed conflict - whether States or non-State actors - are bound by international humanitarian law. At the end of 2003, almost all the world’s States - 191, to be precise - were party to the Geneva Conventions.


(source: Hana Levi Julian, IsraelNN.com, Wikipedia)

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