Shalit campaign: Bibi, he's your prisoner too
Family members distribute pictures of Gilad Shalit on internet and social networks in format of police missing persons notices. 'Goal is for everyone to print it out at home and hang them on notice boards, electricity poles, bus stops,' says campaign activist
Just before the trek marking four years since Gilad Shalit was captured by Hamas to the Gaza Strip, the captive soldier's family members published a new pamphlet Thursday containing a picture of their son in the format of a police missing persons notice. Instead of the word "missing," however, is the word "captive."
Underneath Gilad's picture is the sentence, "Four years ago, the soldier Gilad Shalit was taken captive. He was last seen guarding the borders of the State of Israel near the Gaza Strip. Bibi (Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu), Gilad is your prisoner."
In another 10 days, the Shalit families are slated to hold a 12-day trek along with members of the campaign for his release that will start out at the family home in Mitzpe Hila and will conclude at the prime minister's residence in Jerusalem. Hundreds of participants, including representatives from various volunteer and social groups, are expected to take part at various parts of the trek.
The campaign for the release of Gilad Shalit reported that the picture is being distributed to as broad a public as possible in order to bring the trek to the public's attention.
"The sign was prepared by volunteers and is being distributed via all electronic means: social networks, our website, and email lists," said one of the campaign activists. "The goal is for everyone to print it out at home and hang it on notice boards, electricity poles, bus stops, and more."
This week, Noam and Aviva Shalit announced that the campaign for their son's release will be stepped up ahead of the four year anniversary since his capture. In addition to the trek to the prime minister's residence, the campaign is also organizing a concert to be put on by the Israeli Philharmonic Orchestra in Kfar Aza.
Gilad Shalit was captured to the Gaza Strip 1,453 days ago