SA Jews welcome Shalit release

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iol pic wld shalit PM embrace REUTERS Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, right, greets Gilad Shalit at Tel Nof air base in central Israel in this handout picture released by the Israeli Government Press Office.

The Jewish community in South Africa is “overjoyed” at the news of the release of Israeli soldier Gilad Schalit on Tuesday, the SA Zionist Federation and the SA Jewish Board of Deputies (SAJBD) said.

“After five years of incarceration by Hamas in Gaza... he has finally been reunited with his parents, his siblings,” SA Zionist Federation chairman Avrom Krengel and SAJBD chairwoman Mary Kluk said in a statement.

“We pray that his integration back into his family and his society will be easy and smooth, and we extend our sincere thanks to the members of the Israeli government who worked tirelessly to secure his release.”

Schalit was released on Tuesday in a prisoner swap between Israel and Palestine. - Sapa


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C Revo, wrote

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06:50pm on 18 October 2011
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what took place is part of a bigger picture, let us not all forget that. @joetal, dont be so naive, of coz burger king has nothing to do with this article, though thanks for mentioning it coz i like burger king. the freed palestinians are part of the release and shud've been mentioned. and btw, israeli policy is not so democratic and fair as u may perceive, do some research ananymous.

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JoeTal, wrote

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03:07pm on 18 October 2011
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@Anon M and @Zaheera, Why is it biased reporting? The headline says “SA Jew welcome Shalit release”. What content exactly were you expecting to find? I'm upset that this article didn't report on the developments in the Burger King franchise coming to South Africa. I didn't expect to see it from the headline, but it's pretty biased of IOL not to include it. If you read some of the other reports that do cover both sides of the exchange you see Gilad saying that he hopes this event brings about peace, while a freed Palestinian prisoner said “the only way to deal with Israel is through force”

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Anonymous, wrote

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03:01pm on 18 October 2011
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The two previous comments do not show a complete understanding of what took place. The released captive was KIDNAPPED over 5 years ago by Hamas and has been held as a HOSTAGE without contact for all this time. Many of the 1027 Palestinian prisoners who have been released were convicted of serious and deadly attacks, having been involved in the murders of thousands of innocent people over the years. They were not innocent victims of kidnapping. They have had visits from their families, are able to make telephone calls, have had access to medical treatment and good nutrition. It is completely incorrect to draw a parallel between them and the young hostage.

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Anonymous, wrote

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02:58pm on 18 October 2011
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The difference is he is not a criminal tried and found guilty of murder by a free and democratic court as were every one of the palestinian prisoners released. Also he was not allowed access to visitors or medics as were the palestinians.

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Anon M, wrote

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02:14pm on 18 October 2011
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Very good - this soldier was released and can back to families - what about the Palestinians that were released -1027 to be released - don't these people have families - they must be some bodies sons or husbands or fathers. - not a word is said about their release and the joy. That this would bring to their families also. What kind of bias reporting - all released should be happy what a hypocritical world we are living in

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zaheera, wrote

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02:10pm on 18 October 2011
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i spare a thought too for the many palestinians who where released in this swop (the journalist ommitted to mention that this one israli was swopped for a number of palestinians, as reported by SAFM yesterday). May God Almighty bring peace to them and their families too...

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