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Everything was movement, movement, movement at the Jewish Family Service annual food sort event on Sun., Oct. 9. More than 250 community members, including kids as young as 1 year old, came to the warehouse district in South Seattle to sort, box and label 20 tons of nonperishables and toiletries for the JFS Polack food bank. Young Milo, pictured here, was part of a group of 20 children under age 5 that learned lessons in tzedakah with their own kids corner food sort. The food drive runs through Oct. 22.

Shalit deal was best Israel was going to getUriel Heilman JTa world news service(JTA) If captive Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit is freed in the prisonerexchange deal with Hamas was approved by Israels cabinet 26-3, it will raise two immediate questions: Which side finally acceded to the others demands after years of fruitless negotiations since Shalit was captured in a June 2006 raid along the Israel-Gaza border, and what took so long to get there? Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu offered some hints about the first issue in a hastily called news conference shortly before going into the Cabinet meeting late Tuesday night. This deal, he suggested, was the best Israel was going to get, so if Israel was ever going to recover Shalit, it had to happen now. With everything that is happening in Egypt and the region, I dont know if the future would have allowed us to get a better deal or any deal at all for that matter, Netanyahu said on Israeli television. The window appeared following fears that collapsing Mideast regimes and the rise of extremist forces would make Gilad Shalits return impossible. The prime minister added, If all goes according to plan, Gilad will be returning to Israel in the coming days. The deal reportedly was signed by the two sides on Oct. 6 in Cairo following years of negotiations and mediation via the Egyptians. News of the deal was first reported by the satellite TV station Al Arabiya. Its exact contours remain unknown. Shalits release would mark a remarkable end to a five-year saga that has transfixed the Israeli public, frustrated two successive Israeli governments, and spanned two wars. Then a corporal in the Israeli army, Shalit was taken captive at age 19 on June 25, 2006, and almost immediately his family launched an incessant public campaign to free him. The crusade included vigils, marches,X Page 2

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The question of the dayYoure all here because you want to say no to hate, said Hilary Bernstein, community director of the Anti-Defamation Leagues Pacific Northwest regional office. But what are you going to do about it? What are you willing to do to make our community no place for hate? That is the question of the day. The ADLs annual luncheon, which supports its No Place for Hate anti-bullying educational program, featured John Quiones of ABCs What Would You Do? and longtime supporter Mark R. Schuster, this years 2011 Torch of Liberty Award recipient. Quiones, a Mexican-American, described growing up in the barrio of San Antonio, Tex. and traveling with his family as a migrant farm worker. Raised in poverty and with a sense of social injustice, Quiones went on to earn a Masters in Journalism from Columbia University because I wanted to make a difference, he said. On his TV show, he sets up public scenarios of racism, classism and xenophobia to challenge passers-by to take a stand. Torahthon 5 While the program doesnt always show JTNews Ad side of humanity, We the philanthropic can (4.75 x 6.25) 1/4 be conditioned to care, to be generous, he said. Schuster described an ADL mission to Israel in 2005, during which his group was

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granted a rare opportunity to meet privately with Palestinian Authority president Mahmoud Abbas. None of us had any pretense that we were going to influence Middle East peace that day, he said. But the meeting left him with hope, and it diminished a cynical view of a neverending conflict. What we need, he said, is to resurrect three values: Civility, compassion, and optimism. Im an optimist, and Im a dreamer, he said. We can change the world.

meetings, statements by world leaders, celebrity endorsements, bumper stickers, congressional resolutions, songs and a protest encampment opposite the prime ministers official residence in Jerusalem. Shalits plight struck a chord in the Jewish State and the Jewish world, and Israelis and Jews from all walks of life and political camps took part in activities calling for his release. Its not clear whether this public campaign helped usher in the deal announced Tuesday or whether it hindered an agreement from being reached. Shalits family believed that it had to keep up the public pressure on the Israeli government to seal the deal. At the official state Independence Day ceremony last Yom Haatzmaut in May, Shalits brother Yoel darted onstage with his girlfriend and a banner reading Shalit is still alive. Instead of getting arrested for the stunt on the national television broadcast, he got an audience with Israeli opposition leader Tzipi Livni. But some analysts warned that all the public clamor to free Shalit only made a deal more difficult by increasing the price Hamas demanded for his release. Indeed, for years Israel insisted the price was too high. On Tuesday, Time magazine reported the exchange would include as many as 1,000 Palestinian prisoners the first 450 named by Hamas, and then 550 named by

Israel. The prisoners will include as many as 315 men convicted of killing hundreds of Israelis in terror attacks, Time foreign editor Tony Karon wrote. Critics of prisoner-exchange swaps warn that such deal merely encourages Israels enemies to capture more Israelis. Such criticism followed then-Prime Minister Ehud Olmerts decision in July 2008 to trade five Lebanese prisoners including notorious murderer Samir Kuntar and the bodies of 199 others in exchange for the bodies of Ehud Goldwasser and Eldad Regev, two Israeli soldiers captured in the border attack by Hezbollah that sparked the 2006 Lebanon War. Goldwasser and Regev were thought to have been killed in the attack or shortly thereafter, but until the coffins with their bodies arrived on Israeli soil, Israeli officials said they could not know with certainty that they were no longer alive. Shalits case has been a little different. In a video released by his captors in October 2009, a frail but otherwise healthylooking Shalit held a current newspaper and read a message asking Israeli authorities to conclude an agreement for his release. In all his years in captivity, Shalit was allowed no international or Red Cross visitors. As Israels Cabinet debated the deal late Tuesday night, the heads of the Israel Defense Forces, the Mossad and the Shin Bet internal security service all reportedly expressed support for the deal.

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