My friend and fellow blogger, Richard Silverstein, just shared this poster created by Michael Levin. The singular focus in Israel and the American Jewish community on the release of Gilad Shalit is profoundly problematic. Why is this one person’s imprisonment more important than the thousands of Palestinian prisoners from the West Bank, including over 300 children minors held in Israeli prisons? Gilad Shalit should be freed just as the Palestinian prisoners should be freed. The families of the Palestinian prisoners face enormous obstacles visiting their loved ones held behind bars. I encourage you to share the poster with others.
Abdullah Abu Rahmeh is a leader of Palestinian non-violent resistance on the West Bank; Ameer Makhoul is an Israeli Palestinian citizen, an advocate for the rights of Palestinian citizens of Israel.
You can find statistics on Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails here.