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      Batya Medad made aliya from New York to Israel in 1970 and has been living in Shiloh since 1981. Recently she began organizing women's visits to Tel Shiloh for Psalms and prayers. (For more information, please email her.)  Batya is a newspaper and magazine columnist, a veteran jblogger and recently stopped EFL teaching.  She's also a wife, mother, grandmother, photographer and HolyLand hitchhiker, always seeing things from her own very unique perspective. For more of Batya's writings and photos, check out:

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      Tammuz 3, 5769, 6/25/2009

      Israeli Government Must Do More To Free Gilad Shalit


      The very first thing is to suspend all Red Cross visits to Arab terrorist prisoners in Israeli hands.  If they can't see Gilad Shalit, they can't see anyone here in Israel.

      At the same time all "humanitarian aid" to Gaza must be suspended and blocked.  It's inhuman cruelty to leave Gilad Shalit and his family without contact.


      The time has come for the Israeli Government to treat its civilians and soldiers better than it treats its enemies.


      That's all that needs to be done.  No prisoner exchange, no gifts and no bribes.  There's nothing to negotiate.