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Sunday, December 12, 2010

Demo for Gilad Shalit on December 10th in Berlin

On June 25, 2006, the Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit (photo) was kidnapped by Hamas. It is assumed that he has since been brought to an unknown location in the Gaza Strip to be held prisoner. All attempts by the International Committee of the Red Cross to visit Gilad Shalit have been rejected by Hamas. The reason stated was that said visit would expose the place where Gilad Shalit is being held.

(Press communication by the IAJLJ)

With this refusal, Gilad Shalit’s human rights have been trampled underfoot. It also represents an offense against the International Human Rights Declaration and the Geneva Convention.

The Red Cross, whose main duty is the protection of human rights, communicates that it wasn’t in the position to meet with Gilad Shalit. Even so, this organization hasn’t considered it necessary – although more than four years have passed in the meantime – to raise an outcry or to condemn Hamas openely for its actions.

The shameful weakness of the Red Cross in this affair is ignoble, particularly when it maintains a delegation in the Gaza Strip that has been in contact with Hamas throughout regarding other subjects relevant to human rights.

On June 1, 2010, our Israeli parent organization, the International Association of Jewish Lawyers and Jurists formally requested of the Red Cross yet again to try making contact with Gilad Shalit. On June 4, 2010, the Red Cross declared that all of its efforts had been unsuccessful, and that it tries on a regular basis to meet with Hamas regarding this issue.

On the basis of this untenable situation, our association has decided to become publicly active: On December 10, 2010, the International Day of Human Rights, the day on which the International Human Rights Declaration was signed in 1948, the IAJLJ has, with support of our friends and supporters and in collaboration with other organizations worldwide, demonstrated before the national chapters of the Red Cross in order to demand that the Red Cross finally denounce and condemn Hamas.

Video taken at the demonstration (Source:

The IAJLJ was founded in 1989. Among its founding members are such peronalities as Haim Cohn, judge on the Israeli Supreme Court; Arthur Goldberg, judge on the United States Supreme Court; and the French Nobel Prize recipient, RenĂ© Cassin. The IAJLJ is made up of jurists from all areas and fields of law. Any jurist that identifies with the objectives of the IAJLJ can become a regular member. The German branch was founded in May 2007 in Berlin. The IAJLJ engages worldwide in the promotion of human rights, the prosecution and prevention of war criminals, the ban of weapons of mass destruction, as well as the compliance with and implementation of international agreements. The IAJLJ especially steps in for the rights of Jews worldwide and battles against racism, hostillity to foreigners, antisemitism, denial of the Holocaust, as well as powers that reject Israel’s right to existence. The IAJLJ is a non-governmental organization (NGO) in Category II with the United Nations. This enables the IAJLJ to participate in consultation with various UN organizations. By means of this, the representatives of the IAJLJ among others was actively included in work on the Human Rights Commission in Geneva. You can find further information on the website: