Thousands Help Mark Gilad Shalit’s 25th Birthday

Thousands of people, including many members of the DC-area Jewish community, are taking part in an all-day Facebook event to mark Gilad Shalit’s birthday today.

Gilad Shalit is an Israeli soldier who was abducted in 2006 by Hamas during a cross-border raid by the group into Israel. August 28th marks Shalit’s 25th birthday, as well as his 1890th day in Palestinian captivity. During this entire time, he has not been given access to a visit from the International Committee of the Red Cross which, as several human rights groups have noted, violates International Humanitarian Law.

The Facebook event aims to raise awareness of Shalit’s situation and conditions. Participants are encouraged to “give two minutes to Gilad” and to sign a petition to the ICRC.

To join the Facebook event, click here.