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Noam Shalit to Abu Sisi family: Ask Hamas to release Gilad

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“Kidnapped” Palestinian engineer: “I don’t know anything about Gilad Schalit;” PA envoy says Ukraine should act after “terrible act of piracy;” Barak: Any intel about Hamas is useful, arrest was justified.

 

March 31, 2011 (KATAKAMI.COM) — Noam Schalit on Thursday called on jailed Palestinian engineer Dirar Abu Sisi’s family to press Hamas to release captive soldier Gilad Schalit. The Jerusalem Post reported on Thursday.

In a telephone conversation with Abu Sisi’s wife Veronica, aired on Israel Radio, Schalit said that if a prisoner exchange deal is made in order to free his son, Abu Sisi would be released as well.

In response, Schalit was told that Abu Sisi is not connected to Hamas, and his family will do whatever they can to free him.

Dirar Abu Sisi claimed that he does not know anything about Gilad Schalit, shortly before a hearing in the Petah Tikva District Court on Thursday, in which his remand was extended by five days.

“I was kidnapped in the Ukraine and interrogated about Gilad Schalit,” Abu Sisi said. “I have no connection to him. I don’t know anything about Gilad Schalit.”

Abu Sisi went missing on a train traveling from Kharkov to Kiev on February 19 and later was revealed to be at the Shikma prison in Ashkelon. Foreign reports said that the engineer, who worked at Gaza’s central power plant, had information relating to captive soldier Gilad Schalit.

The Petah Tikva District Court is expected to release indict Abu Sisi within five days.

“I don’t know anything. I’m an engineer,” he said. He also said hello to his wife and children.

PA envoy encourages Ukraine to act

The Palestinian ambassador in Ukraine on Thursday denied that Abu Sisi was a member of Hamas.

Mohammed Al-Assad, the Palestinian envoy in Ukraine, told a news conference in Kiev on Thursday: “He was not a member of any organization”.

Describing Abu Sisi’s disappearance as a “terrible act of piracy”, Assad urged Ukrainian authorities to put pressure on Israel to ensure his safe return to Ukraine. Earlier Thursday, Defense Minister Ehud Barak defended Israel’s arrest of Dirar Abu Sisi.

In an interview with Israel Radio, Barak said that Abu Sisi has useful information about Hamas even if it does not concern Schalit, which justifies the arrest. (*)

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Aung San Suu Kyi : Gilad Shalit will not be forsaken

FILE : Aung San Suu Kyi holds a sign reading "I love the public too" while addressing supporters outside her National League for Democracy party headquarters in Yangon November 14, 2010. The pro-democracy leader called for freedom of speech in army-ruled Myanmar on Sunday and urged thousands of supporters to stand up for their rights and not lose heart, indicating she might pursue a political role. (Getty Images / REUTERS/Soe Zeya Tun )

 

In an interview to Haaretz, recently released Burmese opposition leader calls for peace between Israelis and Palestinians.

November 25, 2010 (KATAKAMI / HAARETZ) _– Abducted IDF soldier Gilad Shalit should stay strong and remember that he is not forgotten, while Israelis and Palestinians should consider whether it wouldn’t be nicer to just be friends, Burmese opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi told Haaretz in an exclusive telephone interview this week.

Suu Kyi, who was released earlier this month after having spent most of the last two decades under house arrest, said she has seen some changes for the better in her country since her last interlude of freedom. She said that cell phones, for instance, have boosted her pro-democracy movement by allowing people, especially the young, to be better informed about what is happening both in their country and around the world.

“The number [of cell phones in Burma] will only increase, and this is for the good,” she said.

Nevertheless, she stressed, more than 2,000 political prisoners remain behind bars in Burma (which is also known as Myanmar ), and real change is unlikely to come until they are free. She therefore urged the international community to strive for their release.

In a previous interview, conducted in 1997, Suu Kyi had told me she was very moved by Natan Sharansky’s memoir about his years as a Prisoner of Zion in the Soviet Union. In light of that, I asked whether she had any message today for Shalit, who has now been held captive for more than four years without being permitted any visitors, even from the Red Cross.

“I would like to send a message to all political prisoners all over the world,” she responded. “Keep strong and don’t forget that there are many, many people who have you in their hearts and in their minds and would do whatever they can for your release.”

Suu Kyi also said she is “very, very concerned about the hostilities going on now” between

North and South Korea. “If we are a global village, we can’t get away from what is happening anywhere in the world,” she said.

Given this, I asked whether she had any message for Israelis and Palestinians.

“I just wonder whether they could not sit down and think that it would be so much nicer if they could be friends,” she said. “It seems a very simple thought, but sometimes great things begin with very simple thoughts.”  (*)

 
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