The Israeli human-rights group B'Tselem is calling on Hamas to secure the release of Gilad Shalit who is the Israeli soldier who was captured a year ago today. Hamas officials have said Shalit is alive and being held in proper conditions, but these claims have never been verified. The International Committee of the Red Cross has been barred from visiting him. Hamas has repeatedly demanded Israel release some of the over 10,000 Palestinian prisoners being held in Israel.

It doesn't do them any good to hold this young man. It only gives the Israelis ammunition against them. They would be much better off if they were to stop all resistance and appeal to the conscience of the world. Then, the Israelis would have nothing to say against them.

Tom Usher

About Tom Usher

Employment: 2008 - present, website developer and writer. 2015 - present, insurance broker. Education: Arizona State University, Bachelor of Science in Political Science. City University of Seattle, graduate studies in Public Administration. Volunteerism: 2007 - present, president of the Real Liberal Christian Church and Christian Commons Project.