The first image of Gilad Shalit
out of Gaza has captured the attention of many in Israel and around the world. Shalit was led by Hamas men wearing civilian clothing including a plaid shirt. But while most focused on his gaunt frame, it appears many Palestinians were more interested in his outfit, which became an immediate trend in Gaza.
Merchants in the Strip are now offering "The Shalit shirt" in a wide range of colors, for NIS 60 ($16.5). The demand, it seems, is very high.
Right: Shalit interviewed by Egyptian TV. Left: Shirts on sale in Gaza
Evidence of the new fashion trend can be found on Facebook where at least 10 pages have been created in the last few days devoted to "Gilad Shalit's shirt." Thousands of web surfers have become fans.
Facebook group member uploads photo comparing himself to Shalit
One page stated, "The Shalit shirt has become the shirt of the month in Gaza – it is being sold for NIS 50." A surfer wrote, "If there was a company producing this shirt in large quantities they will run out."