Guess who we met on the dance­floor... Gi­lad Shalit

The Jewish Chronicle - - Front Page - BY JEN­NIFER LIP­MAN

YOUNG BRI­TISH Jews spend­ing Pe­sach in Is­rael found them­selves par­ty­ing along­side Gi­lad Shalit two days af­ter the for­mer prisoner cel­e­brated his first Seder with his fam­ily in six years.

Sergeant Shalit spent Mon­day evening at the Seret club in Tel Aviv, where he was joined by dozens of rev­ellers from this coun­try.

The sol­dier, who came home af­ter five years as a prisoner of Ha­mas in Gaza just be­fore Sim­chat To­rah, has kept a low pro­file since his re­turn.

But on­look­ers said the 25-year-old ap­peared to be en­joy­ing him­self with friends at the party.

“He looked good,” said Birm­ing­ham Univer­sity stu­dent Adam Monty, 21. “He was still quite skinny but it was so nice to see him liv­ing a nor­mal life again and out with friends.”

A Leeds stu­dent, Ro­nen Feiner, add- ed: “It was a com­plete shock to see him, he seemed to be hav­ing a good night and do­ing his own thing.”

Rob Sciama wrote on Twit­ter: “Club­bing with Gi­lad Shalit. How many years have I dreamed I could say that?”

“Some­one rushed over to tell me that Gi­lad Shalit was in the same club, breath­ing the same air and par­ty­ing right be­side me,” wrote blog­ger Lau­ren Hasseck. “I was stunned, speech­less, in ab­so­lute awe. I sim­ply couldn’t be­lieve that I was par­ty­ing with a real hero.”

Mr feiner added: “i thought to my­self that his Seder with his fam­ily — the first one since his cap­tiv­ity — must have been a strange one, read­ing a story of how Jews es­caped the Egyp­tians to gain their free­dom.”

“It feels good,” Gi­lad’s fa­ther Noam told Ynet. “It’s the first time since Gi­lad was kid­napped when we can re­ally cel­e­brate the hol­i­day. This time it truly feels like a feast of free­dom.”

Gi­lad out on the town in Tel Aviv

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