GAZA STRIP - Hamas, the Palestinian faction ruling the Gaza Strip, featured a cartoon on its satellite television station depicting kidnapped Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit in his prison cell.
IDF (Israel Defense Forces) Cpl. Gilad Shalit has been held captive since June 25, 2006, when a Hamas terror cell tunneled under the border and attacked an army outpost, killing two soldiers, injuring three and abducting Shalit.
The cartoon showed the 22-year-old soldier, chained to the wall of his cell, asking a Palestinian boy to help him. The boy refuses, telling Shalit that his relatives are serving time in Israeli prisons.
Meanwhile, Shalit's father Noam met with UN committee members on Monday in Geneva. Shalit was encouraged by their response to his son's plightt.
"We wanted to stress that for three years our son's basic and international rights have been trampled by Hamas in Gaza," Shalit said.
"We received the impression that the committee members understood our pain and grief," he said.
Committee chairman Richard Goldstone asked Shalit about Arab media reports claiming the Egyptian-mediated prisoner exchange with Hamas was imminent.
"I told him we've been hearing these rumors for three years," the soldier's father said.
While Israel has rejected the committee's recently published critical report on the IDF's three-week military operation in the Gaza Strip in January, Shalit said he would continue to pursue all avenues and in his quest to see his son freed.
Sources: Haaretz, YNet news