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Noam Shalit

Noam Shalit, the father of former Hamas hostage Gilad Shalit, passed away Wednesday evening.

The elder Shalit had been battling a serious disease, according to Hebrew-language media.


His son Gilad, captured while serving in the IDF by Gaza’s ruling Hamas terrorist organization in 2006, was freed in a 2011 prisoner swap deal that saw the release of 1,027 Palestinian Authority and Gaza terrorists, many with blood on their hands.

Noam Shalit was a vigorous and vocal advocate in the effort to free his son, traveling thousands of miles abroad to seek support from international leaders.


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Hana Levi Julian is a Middle East news analyst with a degree in Mass Communication and Journalism from Southern Connecticut State University. A past columnist with The Jewish Press and senior editor at Arutz 7, Ms. Julian has written for, and other media outlets, in addition to her years working in broadcast journalism.