Gilad Shalit Words Changed after Egyptian Interview

Before Gilad Shalit was turned over to Israel, he was forced to do an interview Egyptian reporter, Shahira Amin. There isn’t a transcript, but YnetNews says Shalit was asked about his “medical condition,” to which he replied “I don’t feel so well from the whole affair.” The question asked in English and answered in Hebrew by Gilad, was translated back into Arabic as “I feel good.”

Gilad Shalit - 18 yrs old when kidnapped


Ynet reports that Gilad was forced to do the interview with Amin. She said she did not know he was forced into it. The publication characterized the questions as “insensitive,” and “crude.”

Amin’s crude interview with Shalit Tuesday morning featured heavy pro-Egyptian and pro-Palestinian propaganda. Through the interview, the anchorwoman attempted to prompt Shalit to praise Egypt for its role in arranging the prisoner exchange…

…it appeared that Amin was virtually abusing Shalit, moments after he was brought to Egypt from Gaza.

Shalit was having trouble breathing during the interview and looked exhausted and confused, yet Amin kept on presenting him with questions, many of them absurd and ridiculous.

See a video here of the interview. Maybe you can get it to work. I cannot. The instructions are in Hebrew (I think). G-d bless Gilad and his family. May they finally have some measure of peace, may he regain his strength and mental health, and may Hamas rockets not have the ability to reach the Shalit home.

Posted by Maggie @ Maggie’s Notebook

  • That poor boy. I can’t imagine what he went through.

  • This interview violated the agreement. Only 447 murderers were released today. 550 more to go,or not.

  • I hate to say it, but Gilad is so thin and pale now, that his image reminds me of photos from the concentration camps during the Holocaust. May God bless him and his family and provide him with everything he needs to put the terrible ordeal behind him.

  • Anna

    I keep my finger crossed to have the strength to recover but not forget what he passed through. I sincerely hope the situation to be ended soon. Poor people!

  • I wish Gilad quick recovery.

  • David

    I cannot yet comprehend the justification or reasoning for this exchange of 1 soldier for 1,027 maniacal jihadists. I’ve no doubt Israel’s enemies will be empowered and emboldened from this event. The Egyptian media interview showing the power, control and manipulation is the first evidence of this. As we know weakness gets more weakness while strength gets more strength. Where is the strength in any of these events?
    Also near the end of this story there is the word “G-d”. What does this mean? I’m sure it’s intended to mean God but I’m unfamiliar with the use of a purposefully misspelled God in this way. I’ve seen the profane use of God expressed as G.D. before but this G-d seem to be something relatively new and I’m not clear on it’s meaning.

    • In Jewish thought, a name is not merely an arbitrary designation, a random combination of sounds. The name conveys the nature and essence of the thing named. It represents the history and reputation of the being named.

      This is not as strange or unfamiliar a concept as it may seem at first glance. In English, we often refer to a person’s reputation as his “good name.” When a company is sold, one thing that may be sold is the company’s “good will,” that is, the right to use the company’s name. The Hebrew concept of a name is very similar to these ideas.

      Jews do not casually write any Name of God. This practice does not come from the commandment not to take the Lord’s Name in vain, as many suppose. In Jewish thought, that commandment refers solely to oath-taking, and is a prohibition against swearing by God’s Name falsely or frivolously (the word normally translated as “in vain” literally means “for falsehood”).

      Judaism does not prohibit writing the Name of God per se; it prohibits only erasing or defacing a Name of God. However, observant Jews avoid writing any Name of God casually because of the risk that the written Name might later be defaced, obliterated or destroyed accidentally or by one who does not know better.

      Normally, we avoid writing the Name by substituting letters or syllables, for example, writing “G-d” instead of “God.” In addition, the number 15, which would ordinarily be written in Hebrew as Yod-Hei (10-5), is normally written as Teit-Vav (9-6), because Yod-Hei is a Name.

      I hope this helps.

  • David

    Yahweh bless you for your explanation findalis. This explanation might account for part of the use of the word G-d in various print however in the USA it’s primarily being used by secular or non Jewish people (Gentiles if you will) whom either would not know of this Judaic custom or care. Although your well written explanation may be very true and even enlightening I’m not sure how applicable it is for this particular reference. In fact in this reference, “G-d bless …”, could even be a form of blasphemy in itself. It also has other potential biblical irreverence’s. The bottom line is the term “G-d bless” connotes its own irreverence and frivolity due to the fearful or shameful misuse of the Holy name of God. The term “Bless you” would suffice without any misuse of the word God. When the enemies of all things Holy intimidate us or shame us into submission to them and away from God is when we should truly become afraid and shameful. A Christian ought not join those who are offended by the Holy word God as they might well become among the damned themselves.

    • David, I wrote it with the hypen out of respect for my Jewish friends and the solemnity (with joy) of Gilad’s release. As a protestant Christian, I generally write it the traditional Western way.

  • Don Laird

    There are moments in the ebb and flow of life on this planet which give one pause, which give one cause to stop and, looking skyward, wonder if there will ever be an end to the madness….this is one of those moments.

    I have always supported the Jews. I have always condemned those who filled the ovens. I have always met the slightest emergence of, or sneering reference to, National Socialism with a refusal to allow those arguments to be made.

    I have always condemned, without true understanding, the attempt to eradicate Jewry from the face of the earth. I have always condemned the slaughter even when mindful of the fact that many of the Jews cut their own throats by ignoring the dire warnings of their imminent destruction.

    But now….now I understand…with greater depth….with greater clarity, why so many Jews walked meekly to their own destruction…

    I will call it “The Disease of Shalit”

    I now say this without hesitation:

    The Jews are a stupid, stupid people who richly deserve that which they so diligently cultivate; their own destruction.

    A stupid little soldier, Shalit, got himself caught. He spent 5 years idling away in a prison cell as little more than a “Get Out Of Jail Free Card”. Hamas and Hezbollah smiled, knowing full well what Shalit could be used for….Hamas and Hezbollah knew full well the depth of stupidity and cowardice of the Jewish people…..and now so do I…and now so does the world.

    Israel has now set loose amongst its own people the very mad dogs who ran amok in years past. The very murderers and terrorists who sought the destruction of the Jews at every turn…killers who slaughter the innocent, the children and the women… utterly inexplicable….how utterly nauseating….how bloody ridiculous!!!

    Fine….if the Jews are that unconscionably stupid, that morally and intellectually bankrupt, that cowardly…..then fine….I too resign them to the fate they themselves have rushed to with open arms, deaf ears and blind eyes….let them suffer murder at the hands of those they have turned loose amongst their people…

    Lets us hear not one single complaint…not one little peep…let us not hear a whining, whimpering plea for sympathy, understanding and assistance from the international community as those loosed commence the slaughter anew…..let us not hear the crocodile tears as the blood of Jewish men, women and children run rivers at the hands of their Arab handlers……let us not see quivering lips and tear stained cheeks as widows and orphans lay wreaths of remembrance….let us not hear flowery speeches gracing forums international….just quietly bury your dead and trouble us not with your hypocritical eulogies….you deserve every death, every murder, every atrocity…you will suffer in the coming weeks and months at the hands of those you have loosed…

    The Jews are a stupid people, a weak people, a blind people, a cowardly people… consider yourselves “Gods Chosen People”….how wretchedly laughable….even God has a limit…and in the face of such horrendous, such outrageous complicity and cowardice, God himself would turn away in contempt, sickened at the sight of this self inflicted slaughter…

    There are those who will dismiss my condemnation of this outrageous cowardice as vulgar intemperance, juvenile invective, or the ramblings of one who “really, really doesn’t understand what we Jews go through” Or perhaps, and predictably, ”the poisonous screed of a vile anti-Semite”.

    To that I say this; You have locked and loaded a weapon, you have placed that weapon in the hands of those who seek your complete annihilation…and now you have asked them to place the barrel of that weapon against your collective heads and pull the trigger……is it anti-Semitic, vulgar or intemperate to observe that you richly deserve the gunshot that ends your lives?

    The Jewish men and women deserve everything they get….their children don’t

    Regards Don Laird
    Edson, Alberta, Canada