Reps. Ellison, Carson Press Hamas To Release Israeli Soldier

Reps. Keith Ellison (D-MN) and Andre Carson (D-IN) joined with fellow American-Muslims in a letter to Hamas leader Khaled Mashal urging the release of an Israeli soldier captured five years ago. “[W]e urge you to act upon our higher calling to charity and compassion by releasing Israeli Corporal Gilad Shalit,” wrote the group, appealing to the Muslim tradition of compassion during the holy month of Ramadan. Shalit is believed to be alive and kept in the Gaza Strip, where Hamas holds de facto authority since a 2007 counter-coup.