Free Gilad Shalit
I'm not a great one for petitions, but am making an exception in this case:
Please support Gilad Shalit awareness fortnight – 14th to 28th February
• Gilad Shalit has been held in captivity for nearly five years. 14th to 28th February is Gilad Shalit awareness fortnight, which aims to bring attention to Shalit’s ongoing captivity in the Gaza Strip at the hands of Hamas – who kidnapped the soldier, then 19 years old, in a cross-border raid in 2006.
• In contravention of the Third Geneva Convention, Hamas have denied Shalit access to the outside world. His precise whereabouts is unknown and Hamas refuse to allow the International Committee of the Red Cross to visit him, thus denying his right to humane treatment. Apart from one video recording released in 2009 Hamas have provided no information on his health.
•Gilad Shalit awareness fortnight is being led with the Embassy of Israel and ten Jewish community organisations. The campaign will take place across the UK, and will include events in London, Leeds, Manchester and Birmingham.