“Free Gilad Shalit” event this Monday at Sephardic Kehila Centre

March 7th community-wide event to feature Irwin Cotler, Karnit Goldwasser

By Daniel Horowitz—Although it’s a story almost five years in the making, the final chapter of the Gilad Shalit saga remains unwritten.

It was early morning on June 25th, 2006, when Shalit, then holding the rank of corporal in the Israeli Defense Forces Armor Corps, was kidnapped near the Kerem Shalom crossing in Israel when his unit was ambushed by Hamas terrorists. He has been held as a prisoner in Gaza ever since, denied even the most basic of human rights.

On Monday March 7th at 7 p.m. human rights supporters, and those wanting to tell Shalit that he is not alone, are invited to attend a free, community-wide gathering at the Sephardic Kehila Community Centre in Thornhill.

Keynote speakers for the evening include Karnit Goldwasser, widow of IDF soldier Ehud Goldwasser, Irwin Cotler, MP and international human rights expert, and Amir Gissin, Toronto’s Consul General to Israel.

"His name may be Gilad Shalit, but he represents every soldier in the military,” said Goldwasser. “We have to be allowed to keep some values in this country, no matter what the price. I can only hope this affair comes to an end soon."
This community-wide gathering is part of a greater national day of unity calling for the immediate release of Shalit, and follows a live 1pm (EST) web broadcast with Gilad's father, Noam, direct from the Shalit Family Tent, erected in front of PM Netanyahu’s official residence in Jerusalem.

“The live webcast with Noam Shalit will demonstrate solidarity with the Shalit family's on-going heartache,” said David Engel, President of United Israel Appeal Federations Canada. “Whether you live in Toronto, Halifax, Vancouver, or points in between, UIAFC and local federations are asking all members of Canada's Jewish community to give just 15 minutes of their time on March 7th at 1:00 pm EST to log onto the webcast from their home, office, or school computer and let the Shalit family know that they are not alone and that Gilad is in our thoughts every single day."

“When someone has been a prisoner of terrorists for as long as Gilad Shalit, it’s easy for him to become out of sight and out of mind,” said Sheldon Goodman, co-chair of UJA Federation’s Committee on Public Affairs. “Our job is to ensure that Gilad’s plight is never forgotten. This urgent community event will tell the world that Gilad is not alone,”.

To logon to the live webcast, visit www.magbitcanada.org.il.For more information or to RSVP for the Free Gilad Shalit event, please contact Shelly Rotman or call 416.635.2883 x. 5137


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