Rosh Hashanah Package for Shalit Makes It Past Gaza Border

Palestinian activists bring 100 volumes of Koran for security prisoners in exchange for holiday package.

The father of abducted soldier Gilad Shalit on Thursday transferred over the Gaza Strip border a Rosh Hashana package for his son, who has been in Palestinian captivity for more than three years.

While the package made it past the Karni border crossing, the Shalit family does not know whether Hamas will allow it to reach their son.

In exchange for the allowing the package through, Palestinian activists sent to Israel 100 volumes of the Koran to be given to Palestinian security prisoners jailed in Israel.

Noam Shalit, father of the abducted soldier, on Wednesday lamented that Gilad would "celebrate" the upcoming Jewish holiday of Rosh Hashanah in Gaza, instead of in Israel with his family.

"Gilad is so close to here, and yet so far away," Army Radio quoted Noam Shalit as saying. "We're standing here on the eve of Rosh Hashanah, which Gilad will 'celebrate' in Hamas' basements in Gaza. For a stretch of 1,200 days and nights, [he has been] away from his family, friends and the State of Israel."

Shalit made the comments at a rally drawing hundreds of Israelis and Palestinians on both sides of the Gaza security fence, which called for the release of his son as well as of Palestinian prisoners held in Israel.