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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.

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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 Babble.com, Chabad.org and other media outlets, in addition to her years working in broadcast journalism.