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Susan Rice: Shalit captivity violates decency

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September 8, 2011 | 10:13 am

Tel Aviv University students protest Shalit being held without Red Cross visits, Jan. 2009

Tel Aviv University students protest Shalit being held without Red Cross visits, Jan. 2009

Gilad Shalit’s continued detention is a violation of “basic decency,” Susan Rice, the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, said after meeting with his father.

“I was honored to meet with Noam Shalit today, 1,900 days after his son, Gilad, was taken captive,” Rice said Wednesday in a statement. “During this period, Hamas has held Gilad hostage and without access by the International Committee of the Red Cross, in violation of international humanitarian standards and basic decency. I expressed to Mr. Shalit the solidarity of the United States with him and his family, and I reiterated our strongest condemnation of his son’s detention.”

Noam Shalit is in New York this week meeting with ambassadors and human rights organizations attempting to garner support for the campaign to free his son, an Israeli soldier who has been held captive by Hamas for more than five years.

New York City’s council proclaimed Wednesday Gilad Shalit Day.

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