SA Jews welcome Shalit release

2011-10-18 15:15
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Hamas releases Israeli soldier Shalit

Gaza's Hamas Islamist rulers released captured Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit on Tuesday in return for hundreds of Palestinian prisoners.

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Johannesburg - The Jewish community in South Africa is "overjoyed" at the news of the release of Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit on Tuesday, the SA Zionist Federation and the SA Jewish Board of Deputies (SAJBD) said.

"After five years of incarceration by Hamas in Gaza... he has finally been reunited with his parents, his siblings," SA Zionist Federation chairperson Avrom Krengel and SAJBD chairperson Mary Kluk said in a statement.

"We pray that his integration back into his family and his society will be easy and smooth, and we extend our sincere thanks to the members of the Israeli government who worked tirelessly to secure his release."

Shalit was released on Tuesday in a prisoner swap between Israel and Palestine.
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