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Remember Gilad Shalit on International Human Rights Day

Save the Date: December 10, 2010

Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit, who was kidnapped by Hamas four years ago, has been denied all access to humanitarian aid despite several visit requests from the International Committee of the Red Cross. This denial is an intolerable trampling of Gilad Shalit’s basic human rights, and an outright breach of the International Declaration of Human Rights and the Geneva Conventions. 

On International Human Rights Day, which commemorates the signing of the International Declaration of Human Rights in 1948, the Jewish community worldwide will speak out for the rights of Gilad Shalit. The morning of December 10, 2010, Jewish community members and human rights activists will hold a rally outside the International Red Cross building in New York City, urging them to pursue all opportunities to gain access to Shalit and work towards his release. Additional information about this rally will be forthcoming. 

For those not in New York, Hadassah encourages you to show your support for Shalit by participating in a letter writing campaign. A suggested letter follows below. The letter can be used to contact the International Committee of the Red Cross, or as talking points for bulletins, Facebook, Twitter or other social media.


International Committee of the Red Cross
801 2nd Avenue
New York, NY 10017 

Dear International Committee of the Red Cross, 

Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit, who was kidnapped by Hamas four years ago, and has been denied all access to humanitarian aid despite your many visit requests. This denial is an intolerable trampling of his basic human rights, and an outright breach of the International Declaration of Human Rights and the Geneva Conventions. In honor of International Human Rights Day, I urge you to pursue all opportunities to gain access to Shalit and work towards his release. 

Sincerely, 

YOUR NAME

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