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Italy - Rome Gives Honorary Citizenship to Sgt. Gilad Schalit

Published on: July 1, 2009 06:05 PM
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Rome, Italy - Rome has given honorary citizenship to an Israeli soldier kidnapped by militants linked to Gaza’s militant Islamic Hamas group three years ago.

Sgt. Gilad Schalit’s father, Noam Schalit received the honor at a city hall ceremony today.

A giant photo of the soldier hung in the piazza, with the words “Rome wants its citizen Gilad Schalit free” - words Rome Mayor Gianni Alemanno repeated at the evening ceremony.

The city council voted to give Schalit honorary citizenship to coincide with Thursday’s third anniversary of his capture by militants in a cross-border raid from Gaza into Israel.

Talks to trade Schalit for hundreds of Palestinian prisoners in Israel have been unsuccessful.


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 Jul 01, 2009 at 05:50 PM curious.... Says:

sounds great but Is this gonna set him free at last? if not will italy take military steps against hamas?

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 Jul 01, 2009 at 05:45 PM Bunimfrombrooklyn Says:

Italian people are very nice in general

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 Jul 01, 2009 at 05:32 PM cp Says:

Wow. Very nice.

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 Jul 01, 2009 at 10:18 PM Chaim B. Says:

WOW, sounds like they have decent people there.

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 Jul 02, 2009 at 12:40 AM AuthenticSatmar Says:

It seems that the more that Obama tries to isolate Israel and support the Palestinian cause, the nations of the world are being vocal in their support for israel!

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 Jul 02, 2009 at 12:40 AM Avrohom Abba Says:

Now Hamas and Hezbolah can add Italy to their holy hate list. They can still have their favorite motto, hate and kill, while telling the world they have the religion of love.

Religious Catholics listen to the Pope. The Pope told them that anti Semitism is a sin. These Catholics are a lot different than those of many years ago.
Also, during the Holocaust there were many Italian families that helped the Jewish people.
Mr. Berlosconi is their prime minister now and he is friendly to Israel.

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 Jul 02, 2009 at 10:10 AM Anonymous Says:

The Pope has nothing to do with secular Italian government. You will find very few pious Catholics among educated and urban Italians. They are Catholic in name only and probably more than a few, especially Southern Italians, will be shown to be B'nei Anousim eventually. That's what happened to my family.

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