Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Five Minutes For Gilad Shalit



by Ron Cantor (special blogger for Maoz Israel)

Last week I was rushing to get ready for my trip to the US. I had just spoken to a tour group the night before in Jerusalem so my wife and I decided to stay overnight. In the morning I had rush to Tel Aviv to pickup my new passport and then back home to Ra’anana to pack.

It was 11 AM when I turned onto the main road to Ra’anana. Suddenly traffic stopped. I pulled over and stood by my car. There were people with signs and pictures. When cars who were not aware of what was happening drove by, they would make their signs visible, asking them to stop. And they did.

Why?

For almost five years Gilad Shalit has been held hostage in Gaza by Hamas terrorists. Organizers asked Israelis and those who love Israel around the world to stand for five minutes—one minute for each year of his captivity.

Gilad was serving in the Israeli Defense Forces, when Hamas terrorists ambushed his unit. Several soldiers were killed and Gilad was taken hostage. They were able to get into Israel by digging a tunnel from Gaza.

On March 15th Israelis stood. They got out of their cars, left their offices and walked outside of restaurants in order to stand for Gilad. Personally, I was reduced to tears. Mostly from the frustration of not being able to secure his release. Secondly, from the understanding that I am part of a country that will never forget me.

Israel in the past has traded living terrorists, sometimes in the hundreds, for the dead bodies of our soldiers. Islamic terrorists strap bombs to their youth and pass out candy in the streets when fellow terrorists murder innocent civilians—as in the case two weeks ago with the Fogel family. (see pictures) 

Five Jews butchered to death and the next day they are passing out sweets in the streets.


In other words, it would not be untrue to say, that Palestinian culture celebrates the death of Jews more than the lives of their own people. While Israel has never had a parade celebrating the death of a terrorist, the whole country stops to remember Gilad Shalit. 

Will you remember Staff Sargent Gilad Shalit?


Lyrics to the song used in the video (translation done by Maoz Israel)

Everybody's Child (by Aviv Geffen)

Our hope is like a tense sail
And any sign from you is like a breeze of wind
And your image inaudibly wears silence
Like the moments when the music stops
You'll return
You'll return
Because you are the child of us all
You'll return
You'll return
Your heart beats ceaselessly in our hearts
Our prayers are cracks of light in darkness
Days of freedom and gladness are coming to us
We'll not rest until we'll see the ray of light on your face
We also are alone, you know
You'll return
You'll return
Because you are the child of us all
You'll return
You'll return
Your heart beats ceaseleslly in our hearts
Behind an old conflict sits a child
Between unsigned agreements  he asks...
That we'd remember that he also has a face and dreams
He's only a butterfly
Butterfly of wars
You'll return
You'll return
Because you are the child of us all
You'll return
You'll return
You'll return
Your heart beats ceaslessly in our hearts 



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2 comments:

  1. I did not know that the 15 of march was the day and now 5 years for Gilad. I am very impressed of the video and as a dutch woman who loves the people of Israel I will pray from now on for his freedom!!

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  2. Thank you for making such a wonderful video. Yes, we all need to remember to pray for Gilad Shalit.... It was great to see what an awesome turnout of support there was. God willing 2011 will be the year that Gilad comes home.

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