On June 25, 2006, Corporal Gilad Shalit (later promoted to Staff Sergeant) was kidnapped by Hamas terrorists within Israeli territory. The kidnapping was part of an unprovoked and well-planned attack which involved seven terrorists, armed with explosive charges, anti-tank missiles, light arms and more, and which made use of a tunnel under the Israel-Gaza border.

For four years, the Hamas terrorist regime has denied Gilad Schalit’s most basic human rights, as well as any visit from international organizations. This is illegal and morally appalling. We have watched the world attack Israel for stopping the flotillas that are attempting to enter Gaza despite the fact that Israel sends humanitarian aid to the Palestinian people. Simply put, it is disgraceful that those wrongfully sladering Israel in the name of “human rights” are totally silent when it comes to the injustice being shown to Gilad Shalit.

A friend of mine has asked me to do one simple thing today – at 4:00, stop what you are doing for 4 minutes. Dedicate these 4 minutes to Gilad. No matter what you are doing (pull over if you are driving) – pause for 4 minutes, each minute symbolizing a year Gilad has spent locked away from the world. I ask that you join me in this powerful symbolic act.

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