12.10.2011 14.Tischrei. 5772 Erew Sukkot
Schalit supporters chant "Gilad is still alive!" while, across from tent, relative of terror victims decries prisoner exchange deal.
The refrain “Gilad is still alive!” was a staple of protests during 1,934 days of activism in the struggle to bring back kidnapped soldier Gilad Schalit. Tuesday night, when the ministers met to approve a prisoner swap to bring Schalit back to Israel, the chant echoed through the streets into the early hours as hundreds waited to see what would happen.
But there was a dramatic moment, after the announcement of the vote, when the chant instantly changed. Instead of a pleading reminder to the public and the government not to forget a kidnapped soldier, it became a joyous, victorious chant, sweeping through the crowd with strength and power: “Gilad is still alive! Gilad is still alive!”…