“Unfortunately, judging by their lack of action and reporting on his captivity, most NGOs do not deem Gilad Shalit worthy of significant efforts and resources,” said NGO Monitor President Prof. Gerald Steinberg in the press release. “He has now been held by Hamas in Gaza for over four years, without access to the International Committee of the Red Cross, and in direct contravention of the Geneva Convention. It is a human rights tragedy that should galvanize the NGO that claims to protect those rights for all people, regardless of religion, ethnicity, race, or gender.”
Steinberg called upon NGOs to begin a campaign demanding his release. “The recent ‘Free Gaza Flotilla’ incident was a clear example of the power of NGOs to create an incident that draws international attention,” said Steinberg. “But for four years Shalit’s family has been waiting for a similar attention-grapping effort. Even at this late hour, we call on NGOs to mobilize and initiate a campaign demanding his release. This campaign should have the support and contribution of all NGOs that claim to stand for human rights.”
Posted on August 30, 2010
Source: (By Joshua Spurlock, BFP Israel Mosaic Radio, August 29, 2010)
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