Letter in Jerusalem Post: We too can help Gilad Schalit
Letter to the Editor
Published in The Jerusalem Post, on May 30, 2010
We can help, too, to Gilad Schalit
Find out more about how you can help Gilad Shalit
Sir, – Rebecca Anna Stoil’s article “‘Schalit bill,’ aimed at toughening conditions for Hamas prisoners, passes major hurdle“ (May 24) reports well the Israeli government’s unanimous vote on proposed legislation denying Hamas prisoners the wide privileges they receive today in Israeli prisons, like family visits and higher education. The bill is supported by Knesset consensus including the opposition, expressing actual Israeli public opinion.
The majority of the Israeli public, while deeply sympathizing with the Schalit family, understands that Hamas’ demands are unacceptable. That’s why there’s a grass-roots effort to pressure Hamas for Schalit’s release and an immediate improvement of his conditions.
A global petition against Hamas has now been revived. The petition, signed so far by 90,000 people from around the world, demands that Hamas leaders be brought to trial for war crimes (i.a., the crime of keeping Schalit incommunicado in inhumane conditions). It can be read and signed at www.takeapen.org.