Canadian Jewish Political Affairs Committee
The kidnapping of Israeli Staff Sergeant Gilad Shalit by Hamas

Mr. Speaker, a grim anniversary is upon us, and that is the fifth anniversary of the kidnapping of Israeli Staff Sergeant Gilad Shalit by Hamas. The last five years have been excruciating for his loved ones who have not received even a sign of life in almost 18 months. Canada has been steadfast in calling for Gilad Shalit’s release. I would ask all hon. members to join me in repeating that call today.We also repeat calls for Hamas to allow the Red Cross or Red Crescent to visit him immediately. Galid Shalit’s kidnapping is one of several sticking points in the peace process. If there is to be true progress toward a two-state solution, let us start with Galid Shalit’s unconditional and immediate release. May it end his suffering and that of his family.