Gilad Shalit was kidnapped over 5 years ago by Hamas in a cross-border raid that killed two of his fellow soldiers and wounded three others.
Since then, he has been deprived of his Geneva convention rights, and denied the right to Red Cross visitation, and to communicate with his family. Gilad Shalit turns 25 this Sunday, Aug 28. Mayor Edwin Lee of San Francisco has proclaimed Sunday "Gilad Shalit day"
Pray for Gilad Shalit written by Sephardi Chief Rabbi of Israel, Shlomo Amar.
Psalm 70, 13, 142, and 126
"May it be Your will, Adonai our God and God of our fathers, that the verses of these psalms which we have read before You today will find favor and will be accepted before you as if spoken by King David, Your servant and anointed one.
May You do this for the sake of Your Holy Names that is written in them, alluded to and included within them. Accept mercifully and graciously our prayer and request. May our supplication come before You that You shall take pity, forgive and have mercy upon Your servant, the son of Your handmaiden,
Gilad, son of Aviva (Shalit)
And save him through both physical salvation and compassion, together with all the hostages and prisoners of Israel, Your People.
God, who liberates prisoners in good health, may You redeem him (Gilad) from his captors;
Bring him forth from captivity to freedom, from slavery to redemption, from darkness into light;
Restore him to complete health, both in mind and body;
Fortify his spirit and increase his strength, spreading happiness and joy;
So that he may be strengthened and healed, and know eternal happiness.
May the proliferation of public prayer, protest and grief on his behalf, far and wide, act on his behalf to protect, shield and redeem him from the house of his imprisonment.
And God will cast asunder his evil sentence that has been decreed, his good deeds shall be enumerated before the Almighty, blessed be God, including all that he has done and accomplished on behalf of our people and our inheritance. So shall God cast asunder his evil sentence through the Holy Name that is alluded to in the initials of the words "קבל רנת עמך שגבנו טהרנו נורא"; accept the delight of Your People, exalt us and purify us exceedingly.
May God fulfill for him the Biblical declaration, as it is written: And those redeemed by Adonai shall return and come to Zion in gladness, with eternal happiness on their heads; they shall know rejoicing and happiness; sorrow and grief shall fade. May this come to pass speedily in our days. Amen."
Full text of the resolution
WHEREAS, the City of San Francisco has a long history of promoting human rights at the local, national and international level through the work of private citizens and governmnent with the ultimate goal to increase equalityu, eradicate discrimination, and to protect human rights for all people; and
WHEREAS, on June 26, 1945 the Charter of the United Nations was signed in San Francisco - forming a new international organization with the stated objective "to save succeeding generations from the scourge of war" and "to reaffirm faith in fundamental human rights"; and
WHEREAS, this year marks the 5th anniversary of the capture and kidnapping of Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit by Hamas; and
WHEREAS, during his captivity, Gilad Shalit has been denied basic human rights to communicate with his family or to receive visits from the International Community of the Red Cross; and
WHEREAS, today, on the occasion of Gilad Shalit's 25th birthday, we join with the United Nations, the REd Cross, the Palestinian Authority, Israel and the United States Department of State in calling for his immediate release; and
WHEREAS, we express our support for a peaceful resolution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, and we call upon all parties to respect internatinoal humanitarian and human rights laws and to halt continuing violence against Israeli and Palestinian civilians; now
THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that I, Edwin M. Lee, Mayor of the City and County of San Francisco, do hereby proclaim August 28, 2011 as...
Gilad Shalit Day
In San Francisco!