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Join a Twitter Campaign for Gilad Shalit


As the founder of the Jewish Internet Defense Force (JIDF), I have launched hundreds of campaigns for Israel and against anti-Semitic and jihadist material online and I am no stranger to online activism. When I noticed Melissa Jane Kronfeld (editor of Radical Commentary) tweeting for Gilad Shalit on Twitter, I was inspired by her passion on this issue, and wanted to join forces with her to create a meaningful campaign for the captured IDF soldier.

We have since coordinated what appears to be the largest internet campaign of its kind for Gilad Shalit. We have received the blessing of the Shalit family, inspired a number of Jewish and human rights organizations to join us, and are in the process of rallying thousands of virtual troops to "Tweet4Shalit" on August 26th (two days before Gilad's 23rd birthday), using the #GiladShalit hashtag on Twitter.

The goal is simple: We want to raise awareness.

Gilad Shalit was only 19 when he was kidnapped by Hamas terrorists. Since then, the Red Cross has considered the manner of his captivity a violation of international law. Hamas terrorists have denied the Red Cross access to Gilad, a violation of the Third Geneva Convention. Human Rights Watch has described Hamas' detention of Gilad as cruel and tortuous, especially the way Hamas have disallowed Gilad regular communication with his family.

If enough people sign into Twitter and use the #GiladShalit hashtag for all their Tweets on August 26th, his name will become a trending topic on Twitter, and millions of people who are not aware of Gilad's daily struggle as a victim of Islamic terrorism -- due to the mainstream media's neglect of this issue -- will learn of his plight, two days before his birthday.

We urge everyone to join the Facebook group and Facebook event for this campaign, and hope everyone has Gilad ben Aviva in their thoughts and prayers so we may see him free and united with his family as soon as possible.

The writer is the founder of the Jewish Internet Defense Force (JIDF), a pro-Israel advocacy organization fighting antisemitic and jihadist online trends.

August 23, 2009

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Visitor Comments: 16

(16) Anonymous, August 30, 2009 5:47 AM

Gilad ben Aviva (Shalit) and his family need our powerful prayers. God can turn things around in the blink of an eye.

(15) Keith in Woking, UK, August 28, 2009 7:07 AM


Gilad, I pray to HaShem for you regularly - for inner strength, for your mental and physical protection and for your family and friends. We too have a son about your age. He's 25 and I feel so very much for your Mum and Dad, Aviva and Noam. My thoughts are constantly with them and yourself. May you have a safe and peaceful birthday today Gilad. G-d bless & shalom.. Keith

(14) shirlee rosenthal, August 28, 2009 2:54 AM

Our prayers sre with these soldiers. For the New Year may they come home to their familes. Safely Amen

(13) Ben Naves, August 27, 2009 9:47 PM



(12) Leonard Stein, August 27, 2009 7:08 PM

Put pressure on the Red Cross to visit Gilad.

During reserve duty in the IDF in the 1980s, I served as a doctor in a prison for Arab terrorists. Once a week the prisoners' families - together with Red Cross representatives - came to visit. The Red Cross representatives interrogated me about every minor medical complaint of the terrorists. The Red Cross needs to pressure Hamas that they be allowed to visit Gilad Shalit in terms of the Geneva Convention. The Red Cross has never done this. One is reminded of the report the Swiss Red Cross gave about the "wonderful conditions" in Theresinstadt. The Swiss will do nothing pleading neutrality. The time has come to demand that the American Red Cross take an active stand and demand to visit Gilad.

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