Yoel Shalit's moral courage is commendable. After years of inactivity and mere lip-service to furthering the cause of Gilad Shalit's release from captivity it was high time that a public outcry and a demand for accountability of those responsible for the continued procrastination in resolving this national tragedy by any means available was heard. That officialdom tried to stifle this outcry of a bereaved brother and even suppress its being broadcast speaks volumes for the priorities and inertia of this government. I can only echo Gideon Levy's hope by adding my fervent wish that a protest movement will indeed arise out of this brave act of defiance and demand for action - not only to lobby for the long-overdue release of Gilad Shalit but also to seek redress for the many infractions against the democratic fiber and canons of the country upon which it was originally based.that we have had to witness of late.
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