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Press Release – 14 May 2007

Preparations underway for Solidarity Rally to mark 1-year anniversary of Israel’s kidnapped soldiers

A Solidarity Rally to mark the 1 year anniversary of the kidnap of 3 Israeli soldiers is being planned for Monday June 25 between 12noon and 2pm in Melbourne’s CBD. This is 1 year to the day that Gilad Shalit was kidnapped into Gaza by Palestinian terrorists, and 18 days prior to Ehud Goldwasser and Eldad Regev being kidnapped into Lebanon by Hizbollah terrorists. Both acts of terror were committed on Israel’s sovereign territory.

The Solidarity Rally has been initiated by the youth of SZC and will be led by Victoria’s Zionist youth movements and AUJS. The aim of the rally is to engage all segments of the community, in a weeklong campaign in the lead up to the event and culminating on June 25. Alon Cassuto, State Zionist Council Youth Portfolio said, “We call on all community members to show their solidarity with Israel and the kidnapped soldiers on June 25. We are working on the rally with the aims of highlighting the fact that 1 year after being kidnapped by terrorists, Gilad, Ehud and Eldad are still being held against their will, their whereabouts and condition are unknown and that Israel seeks a peaceful solution to their return.”

There are 3 working groups organising the June 25 rally focusing on logistics, public relations and education. Interested community members are invited to be involved.

For further information or to be involved, please contact the SZC office on 9272-5544 or Alon Cassuto, SZC Youth Portfolio, details below

For more information contact:
SZCV Youth Portfolio Alon Cassuto; 0421-790599
SZCV Director of Public Affairs Elly Shalev 9272-5519; 0400-313197