Shalit] was kidnapped four long years ago...four years of endless suffering and
agony. To the hostage, time itself
is torture. It becomes an enemy. Filled with uncertainty, his time is different
from ours. His waiting is not like ours. His minutes are longer than ours.
When will all good, decent and sensitive men and women mobilize their energy to
put an end to this human scandal? They must be made to realize that their
silence only helps the jailer, never the prisoner.
– Elie Wiesel
On August 28, Gilad will
mark his 24th birthday – his fifth in captivity. Two weeks later, while Jews across the world celebrate Rosh
Hashanah with family and friends, Gilad remains alone and his family will be
all too aware of their missing son and brother. The Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations
is launching a new website, www.giladgreetings.org,
to provide people across the United States, in Israel and around the world a
vehicle to express their solidarity with Gilad and his family.
In addition to virtual birthday
and/or Rosh Hashanah messages to Gilad, visitors to the site can view a video
about Gilad’s plight, access background information, read Elie Wiesel’s recent
message and view Congressional resolutions on Gilad’s behalf. For additional information, you can
also view Nancy Falchuk’s
November 2009 Podcast, an interview with Gilad’s father Noam Shalit.
The Conference is also
working with the JCC Association, Magen David Adom and others to provide local
“mailboxes” where people can drop hand-made and printed cards for delivery to
the Conference of Presidents. The
Conference of Presidents will collect all the messages and cards and deliver
them to the International Committee of the Red Cross with the demand that Hamas
allow the ICRC to visit and deliver the messages to Gilad in accordance with
international humanitarian law.
help spread the word about www.giladgreetings.org
and urge your friends and family to visit the site and send a message to