Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Happy Birthday, Gilad

In a few days, according to the English calendar, Gilad Shalit will turn 23. It's a bittersweet moment for his parents...Gilad is still held captive in Gaza. Hamas still refuses to allow the Red Cross to visit Gilad; still refuses to confirm Gilad's condition.

We know he was alive when he was taken. We know he was alive when he was taped in a brief message to his parents. We have heard his voice, but not seen him in three years. A few months ago, we tried to get Gilad to the top of Twitter trends in "honor" of the 3rd anniversary of his captivity.

Today, the Twitter world is doing it again - #GiladShalit - in honor of Gilad's birthday. Senator Ted Kennedy died today, something about a Snow Leopard is there too. I don't know what NT stands for, why people are tweeting about Channel 4 or Hey 40, but there is Gilad - already in second place.

Happy birthday, Gilad - may the next one find you home, healthy and safe with your family. May you know, wherever you are today, that we love you and think of you often. Our hearts break for you today, for your parents, Noam and Aviva, and for your sister, Hadas. You probably don't know this, but today, she enters the Israeli army to begin her service...the same service you have yet to end.

Happy birthday, Gilad - you are forever in our hearts.

4 comments:

George said...

At last night's European Champions League game in Tel Aviv, The Maccabi Haifa fans unfurled a banner (in English) in support of Gilad Shalit.

brat said...

I wrote about Gilad a couple of days ago. Am designating him as my only B*N*S*N for this Friday, in honour of his birthday, and excerpting and linking to your post here.

He is, indeed, "forever in our hearts."

Nir Alon said...

"Bring him home!" Ariella Rosen: now on http://TIPUSIM.com in Jerusalem #photo #photojournalism #GiladShalit #Gilad

theiratedog said...

Snow Leopard is the new Mac software...

And I'll add my tweeting to the trends. :)

The whole Israel/Gaza/West Bank fiasco (I think it's fair to call it that) is quite possibly impossible to solve.

I'd just like to ask, as a person living in Israel, where do you stand? How would you like to see peace come about?

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