Barghouti and Amina Mona and 1000 others for Gilad Shalit

October 18, 2011

* 1,027 prisoners will be released in total.

* 27 of them are female.

* 450 will be released within a week, likely as the actual exchange for Gilad takes place.

* The remaining terrorists will be released in two months.

* The 450 include 385 terrorists serving life sentences. They are classified as “heavy terrorists,” an Israeli term referring to exceptionally brutal individuals serving time for bombings, murders and terror attacks.

Hamas TV and Al Arabiyah is reporting that Israel agreed to trade 1,000 Palestinian prisoners in return for Gilad Shalit and the trade may take place as early as next month.
Arab media outlets reported that the deal will includ former head of the Fatah Tanzim Marwan Barghouti, who is serving five life sentences for his role in the murder of Israelis during the al-Aqsa intifada, but a senior Israeli minister denied the report. Amina Mona will be back out there!The exchange would include Amina Mona, a young woman who lured a lovestruck Israeli teenage boy to a Palestinian city over the Internet, only to have him killed by waiting militantsNetanyahu stated that a video showing Gilad Shalit alive and “functional” was given as proof of life before negotiations ensued. He referred to the tape as a “insurance policy.”

Benjamin Netanyahu has confirmed in a statement that a “difficult, but right” agreement has been signed with Hamas to release kidnapped soldier Gilad Shalit, who is slated to arrive home in Israel in a few days.

mashal khaled shalitHamas leader Khaled Mashal addressed the Palestinian people Tuesday evening saying: “We should be proud. We are bringing this news to the fathers, the mothers, the children, the families of the prisoners. All who have cried a tear for the prisoners…This is a great achievement. But our happiness is full of pain that we were unable to release all (8,000) of the prisoners.”

Mashal said it was a “great achievement” to get so many prisoners in exchange for one man. He then sent a message to the remaining prisoners saying, “We will continue our efforts until we release all of you. Someone who agrees to release 1,000 prisoners will agree to release 8,000 in the future…This is a promise, this is our oath.”


Tweet4Shalit Campaign Hijacked by People Who did not Organize it?

August 27, 2011


…I found it troubling that someone went and bought a brand name of something that was a free formed group of twitterers. There was no mention of the people who worked hard to get the movement going online. I consider myself one of those people and I think it would be a shame to have the movement pried away from the people who created it without giving any credit whatsoever of it’s organization. The hashtag #Tweet4Shalit was first used when I mistakenly used the wrong hashtag and was even corrected by JIDF. note the graph only keeps track of #GiladShalit The campaign was called Tweet_4_Shalit and the hashtag was originally #GiladShalit. Tweeting for Shalit, Tweet for Shalit was merely the pitch.

Tel Aviv, Israel, August 26, 2011 — American human rights activists are launching a new social media campaign on Twitter to raise awareness of the plight of captive Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit. The grassroots campaign, titled #Tweet4Shalit, hopes to rally thousands of tweeters on the week of Gilad Shalit’s 5th birthday in captivity.“Gilad Shalit has been held in captivity for five years by the Hamas terrorist organization without a single visit from the International Committee of the Red Cross,” says Isaac Yerushalmi, creator of the campaign[?]. “This contravenes international law. On his 5th consecutive birthday in Hamas captivity, Gilad is not able to tweet his wish for freedom, so we will.”Gregg Roman, advisor at the Israeli Knesset says, “This is a great tool to remind everyone that Gilad is in the hands of the incredulous Hamas terrorist organization in Gaza, and I tip my hat off to the creator [huh?] for taking this initiative.”

Wait a Second… Who is the CREATOR of the #Tweet4Shalit campaign? How do I know? Because I was one of the first people the original organizers contacted for viral skills. None of those organizers, such as the Jewish Internet Defense Force are even mentioned in the press release here. Not even credit for Chabad or AISH? For consideration: a 2009 Jerusalem Post. Isaac Yerushalmi’s campaign is not a similar campaign at all. It is the same campaign. A hashtag trending on twitter is not the work of one person nor is it created by one person, but certainly those who originally worked the system deserve credit for their labor. So I optimized this page on Google.