Monday, November 15, 2010

(NEWS) German Parliament Demands Gilad Shalit’s Release

"German Jewish leaders and pro-Israel groups applauded a German parliamentary motion demanding that Hamas release captured Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit.

The motion, passed Nov. 11, calls for negotiations and 'trust-building' measures leading to Shalit's release, including allowing a Red Cross to visit the soldier who was captured in a cross-border Gaza raid in March 2006. The text was presented Oct. 27 by the Christian Democratic Party and Christian Social Union, the Social Democratic Party, the Free Democratic Party and the Greens.

The Left Party did not sign on to the motion. Three of its legislators had been on the Gaza-bound Turkish flotilla that was intercepted by Israeli naval commandos on May 31. Nine Turkish nationals were killed in the operation."

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