For the first time in the 11 years since Ouda Tarabin was taken captive by Egypt, the Tarabin tribe from the Rahat area, north of Be'er Sheva', held a demonstration, Thursday, in front of Egyptian embassy in Tel Aviv to mobilize Israeli public opinion into public action for his release. Among the 40 protesters was Ouda's brother, Sheikh Ayid Salem Abu Zewail, who was active in the public struggle to free soldier Gilad Shalit from Hamas captivity, and members of the kibbutz movement.
The demonstrators called on Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to act for the release of Ouda Tarabin with the same determination that called for the release of Gilad Shalit. "Netanyahu has went through an impressive and brave process for the release of Shalit and we expect the prime minister will be recruited for Ouda's release, as a direct continuation of the Shalit deal and implementation of the state's commitment to its citizens." In 10 days the struggle is planned to continue with a public demonstration in front of the Knesset in Jerusalem, including a much greater participation of members of the Tarabin tribe.