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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:
Elul 19, 5770, 8/29/2010
I try to keep my blogs interesting with a variety of posts. Read about a strange visit we had our first Succot in Shiloh and some thoughts about the sound of the Shofar, kol shofar on Shiloh Musings and about an interesting improv theater perfomance on me-ander.
As this year winds up, there 's still a lot of unfinished business, like freeing Gilad Shalit from his Arab terrorist captors. I've written about it a number of times. It seems to me that there's something very wrong in how it has been handled.
This morning the radio was on at the Shiloh Swimming Pool. Every little while I could hear the announcement by Aviva Shalit, Gilad's mother, reminding us that tomorrow will be Gilad's fifth birthday in captivity. She then invites us all to protest after Shabbat. So far, so good, but then she announces that the protest's slogan is that Israel's Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu must free Gilad.
Duh!?! Did I miss something here? Is Bibi Netanyahu holding Gilad prisoner? No, well, if that's the case how does she expect the Prime Minister to free her son?
Bibi wasn't even Prime Minister when Gilad Shalit was captured. There's something very fokokt in the Shalit family's tactics and logic.
Didn't Hamas kidnap Gilad Shalit? Yes, it did. So the focus of the demonstrations must be on the agencies, organizations, countries etc that represent Hamas. There should be a constant vigil against the International Red Cross, European Union and the United Nations for their laxity and hypocrisy in not demanding to visit and assist Gilad Shalit in returning home.
It's obvious that the Shalit family is mixing their own anti-Likud politics in with their personal pain. They are wasting precious time by fudging the issues here. They should be working with the government to pressure those who support Hamas to return Gilad home.