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Shalit drew, kept journal in captivity

JTA

November 7, 2011 | 10:32 am

Released Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit, center, is seen next to his mother Aviva as they go out for a short walk outside their home in Mitzpe Hila on Oct. 19. Photo by REUTERS/Nir Elias

Former captive Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit drew and kept a journal while being held by Hamas in Gaza.

Shalit was required to leave behind his sketches and record of his captivity when he was released, Yediot Achronot reported.

He also was given a radio and an exercise bicycle, Reuters reported, citing unnamed Israeli officials. He reportedly picked up some Arabic while in custody.

Shalit had surgery late last week to remove several pieces of shrapnel that lodged in his hand during his capture. The surgery was deemed successful.

  • Gilad Shalit undergoes surgery to repair abduction injuries

    JTA

    November 4, 2011 | 9:43 am

    Gilad Shalit has undergone surgery to repair wounds from his 2006 abduction.

    The successful surgery Friday at Rambam Hospital in Haifa removed seven pieces of shrapnel in Shalit’s hand, according to news reports.

    Shalit was released from captivity two and a half weeks ago in exchange for over a thousand Palestinian prisoners. He will spend his second weekend of freedom at Rambam for observation.

    Earlier this week, a lawmaker from the haredi Orthodox Shas Party, Menshulam Nahiri, criticized Shalit for not spending his first weekend in synagogue.

  • Shas lawmaker chides Shalit for his Shabbat at the beach

    JTA

    November 3, 2011 | 11:21 am

    A lawmaker from the haredi Orthodox Shas Party said Gilad Shalit should have spent his first Shabbat of freedom not at the beach but praying in synagogue.

    Meshulam Nahari also said during a Shas convention this week that the 25-year-old soldier should have recited the benediction of...

  • Shalit is facing obstacles on road to recovery

    by Dan Klein, JTA

    October 25, 2011 | 4:17 pm

    Gilad Shalit’s release from more than five years of isolated captivity marked the end of a national trauma for Israel, but for the 25-year-old it’s only the beginning of his road to recovery.

    While Shalit is suffering from sun deprivation and minor untreated shrapnel wounds, the...

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  • Shalits trying to adjust to new normal

    by Marcy Oster, JTA

    October 24, 2011 | 4:07 pm

    A week after Gilad Shalit returned to Israel after being held in captivity for more than five years in Gaza, things were getting back to normal at the Shalit family home—sort of.

    The Israel Police said they would remove a barrier placed in front of the family’s house in Mitzpe...

  • Peres visits Shalit at home

    JTA

    October 24, 2011 | 9:13 am

    Israeli President Shimon Peres visited Gilad Shalit at his home in northern Israel, the first Israeli official to visit since the soldier’s return.

    Peres traveled to Mitzpe Hila on Monday.

    “I came on behalf of the whole nation to tell you how happy we are to have you home,” Peres...

  • Opinion: We salute you, Gilad!

    by Benjamin Anthony

    October 19, 2011 | 2:51 pm

    “He who wrought miracles for our fathers, and redeemed them from slavery unto freedom, may he speedily redeem us, and gather our exiles from the four corners of the earth, even all Israel united in fellowship; and let us say, Amen.” 

“HaMakom y’rachem ethkhem b’tokh sh’ar...

  • Would-be suicide bomber tells Gaza children to be like her

    By Nidal al-Mughrabi, Reuters

    October 19, 2011 | 11:06 am

    A would-be Palestinian suicide bomber freed by Israel in the prisoner swap for soldier Gilad Shalit told cheering schoolchildren in the Gaza Strip the day after her release Wednesday she hoped they would follow her example.

    “I hope you will walk the same path we took and God...

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