Shalit activists block vehicle transferring aid funds to Gaza
Activists for captured IDF soldier Gilad Shalit convince driver of aid vehicle to drive back to Jerusalem; Shalit family ask U.S. Congress to stop fund transfers to Gaza until Shalit is released.
Dozens of activists for the release of abducted Israel Defense Forces soldier Gilad Shalit blocked the road leading to the border crossing with Gaza on Monday, forcing a courier service transferring monetary aid to the Strip to turn around.
For more than 45 minutes, the activists stood in the road leading from Jerusalem to the Erez Crossing on the border with Gaza, until Israel police arrived and tried to disperse the crowds. The activists only agreed to leave after they came to an agreement with the drivers of the vehicle transferring the aid, who returned to Jerusalem.
Yoel Marshek, from the headquarters of the activist movement for Shalit's release, said that nearly 40 of the activists followed the vehicle on its journey back to Jerusalem to make sure it returned.
The activists have requested that the money transfer to Gaza be halted until Shalit, who has been held captive in the Gaza Strip since his abduction by Hamas in 2006, is granted visitations by the Red Cross.
On Monday, the Shalit family sent a letter to the United States Congress requesting that they halt all U.S. aid sent to the Gaza Strip as long as their son remains captive.