Date(s) - Wednesday, November 5, 2014
8:00 pm - 11:00 pm
The Berman Center For The Performing Arts
6600 W. Maple Rd.
Presented by the JCC Book Fair.
On June 25, 2006, Israeli soldier Gilad Schalit was kidnapped by a group of Gaza militants. The abduction, which drew international headlines and shook the Israeli public, sent Israel and Hamas into five years of hardline bargaining and stalemated discussion.
Gershon Baskin, an American-Israeli peace activist, made it his mission to liberate Gilad Schalit. Acting on his own initiative and in no formal capacity, Baskin drew on his ties to Hamas to create a secret back channel between the two sides. Through behind-the-scenes negotiations and clandestine meetings, nightly e-mails and frantic text messages, a great deal of persistence and no small amount of chutzpa, he succeeded where official mediators had failed, paving the way for the deal that ultimately brought Gilad home.