Five minutes of silence to mark Shalits capture

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Israel’s citizens will be asked Tuesday, March 15 to stop what they’re doing and observe five minutes of silence — one for every year kidnapped soldier Gilad Shalit has been in Hamas captivity.

Campaign organizers hope that as many people as possible will leave their homes, offices and classrooms and get out of their cars in the middle of the road at 11 a.m. — in order to remind the country’s leaders that the people of Israel have not forsaken Gilad.

“My goal is to get 2 million people who care out on the street,” said organizer Roni Sidi, a businessman and former general manager of the Hapoel Tel Aviv soccer club.

Sidi has already recruited large companies such as the Israeli Electric Corp., the Israel Taxi Drivers Association, soccer clubs, private companies and many celebrities to join the cause.

Gilad’s parents, Noam and Aviva Shalit, met with Sidi and gave the project the green light. —