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La Jolla rally set to demand release of captured Israeli soldier

June 27, 2010 |  7:27 am

Gilad Shalit

A rally is set for Sunday afternoon at a synagogue in La Jolla to demand the release of an Israeli soldier  abducted four years ago by Hamas.

Gilad Shalit, then 19, was abducted on June 25, 2006, while on active duty. Despite pleas from the United Nations secretary general and the Israeli prime minister, his captors reportedly have not allowed the Red Cross to visit him, in violation of the Geneva Convention.

Rallies are set at spots across the U.S. and in Israel.

The La Jolla rally is set for 5 p.m. at Congregation Adat Yeshurun, 8625 La Jolla Scenic Drive N.

Among other speakers, a local high school student is set to read portions of a book written by Gilad Shalit when he was 11 years old, "When the Shark Met the Fish." The book was a youthful call for peace in a troubled land.

-- Tony Perry in San Diego

Photo: Gilad Shalit, before his capture. Credit: Associated Press