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International Human Rights Day

Tomorrow is International Human Rights Day, commemorating the adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights on December 10, 1948. Hadassah adopted a resolution at its 35th National Convention in 1949 in strong support of this declaration and its speedy passage by the United States. Hadassah reafirmed that support in 1967, 1978 and 1984, "call[ing] on its members to participate in community programs and activities designed to advance the acceptance of Human Rights to their citizens by all goverments throughout the world."

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 Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the Geneva Conventions.

On December 10, 2010, at 10:00 a.m., 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 Gilad Shalit and work towards his release. Hadassah New York Region President Ruth Gursky will speak at the rally, in addition to Congressman Gary Ackerman, Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney and Congressman Jerry Nadler, among others. For Hadassah members who want to attend, the International Red Cross Building is located at 801 Second Avenue, the southwest corner of East 43rd Street and Second Avenue.

Hadassah t-shirts are available in limited quantities for pick-up from Hadassah House (50 W. 58th Street). Please email programming@hadassah.org to reserve your shirt prior to pick-up.

Click here if you would like to RSVP to the rally via Facebook or to share the event with friends and family.

For those not in New York, Hadassah encourages you to show your support for Gilad Shalit by participating in a letter writing campaign. A suggested letter can be found on the Hadassah website . 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.

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