Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Reuters suggests Shalit may find liberty "tough"

In a story about Israeli Gilad Shalit, just released by his Hamas kidnappers after five years in captivity, Reuters correspondents Ori Lewis and Maayan Lubell suggest Shalit may find it difficult coping with liberty again:
Psychologist Rivka Tuval-Mashiach told Israel's Channel 2 television that Shalit would need time to absorb the fact he has become such a huge public figure during his prolonged absence.
"Initially, Gilad is not aware that he is the property of the entire country and he does not know that the entire country knows who he is. But he will need a bit of time and mostly a lot of quiet and warmth from his close family," she said.
"He will need to be given time even to the physiological changes of light and darkness, not to be afraid to speak. We don't know if he suffered violence or was tortured, but even in the first instances after he was back in Israel we saw that his frozen state thawed a little, with a first smile."
Though Lewis and Lubell mention that Shalit was held "incommunicado" (nicely sanitized), they don't explain that the reason we don't know if he suffered violence or was tortured is because, in violation of all human rights norms, Hamas refused to allow Shalit visits by the Red Cross (or any other humanitarian organization).  Lewis and Lubell do however, want us to know:
The Islamist group Hamas has said it treated Shalit well during his captivity.
Well, that's a relief.

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