Noam Shalit Urges UN to Implement Goldstone Findings

The father of kidnapped Israel Defense Forces soldier Gilad Shalit demanded yesterday that the United Nations exert all possible efforts to implement the Goldstone report's findings, which calls for the freeing of his son.

Noam Shalit met with the UN Undersecretary General for Humanitarian Affairs, John Holmes, who is on an official Middle East visit, in Jerusalem.

The Goldstone report charged both Israel and Hamas with war crimes following Israel's Operation Cast Lead in December 2008, which was launched to stop heavy rocket fire from Gaza on its southern communities.

It also calls for the immediate release of Shalit, who was taken captive in June of 2006.

Shalit reminded Holmes that the Goldstone report calls for the immediate release of Shalit and to allow the International Red Cross to visit him in captivity and report information back to the family.

The difficult humanitarian situation in Gaza was also mentioned by Shalit, who said that the choking off of Gaza was direct result of Hamas refusing to agree to a prisoner exchange suggested by German mediator Gerhard Conrad.

He said that the situation in Gaza would not improve until his son was released.