Daily Israel Report

Demonstrators Carry White Flags, Protest Surrender to Terror

Protesters call on Israel not to release terrorists for Shalit. "The way this is being done does not respect the judicial system."
By Elad Benari & Yoni Kempinski
First Publish: 10/18/2011, 4:14 AM

On Monday, as the Supreme Court heard arguments pertaining to the petitions against releasing terrorists for Gilad Shalit, 50 bereaved families marched towards the court, waving white flags and signs calling on to cancel the Shalit deal.

On their way to the court, the marchers stopped by the Prime Minister’s Office, voicing their objection to Israel’s agreement to release 1,027 terrorists in exchange for the captive soldier.

Protest participant Hana Rosenfeld called Israel’s decision to release the terrorists “a criminal decision,” but acknowledged that the protest march was more of a statement and would not have any effect.

“I don’t think that the government is listening,” she said. “I don’t think that the courts here have ever shown that they’re actually listening to these things. It’s very unfortunate, but I don’t think that this is being done in any way that gives any honor or respect to the judicial system.

“I think that what’s very sad is that the people who are supporting this deal don’t have mixed feelings,” Rosenfeld said. “I think that the people who are letting themselves be euphoric about this are not taking into account that there is more than just an abstract potential for more terror and it’s a reward to the terrorists.”