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  • In this Sunday, Jan. 26, 2014 photo, director Majed Jundiyeh holds a mobile phone to compare the image of Gilad Schalit to the likeness of actor Mahmoud Karira, who will play the character of Shalit in a movie being made in Gaza called, ''Losing  Shalit," in Gaza City. "Losing Schalit," currently being filmed in the blockaded territory, is the first of a planned three-part series about the 2006 capture of Israeli soldier Gilad Schalit by gunmen allied with the Islamic militant Hamas movement. Parts two and three will depict Schalit's time in captivity and his 2011 swap for hundreds of Palestinian prisoners held by Israel. (AP Photo/Hatem Moussa)

    Gaza's 2nd feature film revisits resistance theme

    Gaza's tiny movie industry may struggle with amateur actors and power outages, but at least it has a winning formula of which the producers never seem to tire: the heroics, from a Palestinian perspective, of those fighting Israeli occupation.

  • Freed Israeli soldier a mystery despite exposure

    Nine months after he was freed from Hamas captivity in a lopsided prisoner swap, Gilad Schalit is emerging from the shadows — showing up at parties, sporting events and even writing a newspaper column.

  • Released Israeli soldier Gilad Schalit (second from right) walks with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (second from left), Defense Minister Ehud Barak (left) and Israeli Chief of Staff Lt. Gen. Benny Gantz at the Tel Nof Air Base in southern Israel on Tuesday, Oct. 18, 2011. (AP Photo/Israeli Defense Ministry)

    Israel set to complete swap for captured soldier

    Israel was wrapping up preparations to release 550 Palestinian prisoners late Sunday in the second and final phase of a swap with Hamas militants that brought home an Israeli soldier after five years in captivity.

  • Palestinian Muayad Abdel Samed, 50, works at the construction site of his house in the West Bank village of Anabta. Mr. Samed, who spent half his life behind bars for killing an Israeli border police officer, is building his house with an $8,000 government grant. (Associated Press)

    Freed Palestinians build new lives as Israelis monitor them

    Palestinian prisoners released in a swap for an Israeli soldier in October are racing to make up for lost time: Many of the 477 former inmates already are getting married, building homes or enrolling in college, even as Israel keeps a close eye on them in fear they could return to violence.

  • Released Israeli soldier Gilad Schalit walks down the stairs into his home in Mitzpe Hila, northern Israel, after over five years in captivity, Tuesday, Oct. 18, 2011.  (AP Photo/ IDF)

    Hamas leader praises Israel's 'strength' in prisoner swap

    A senior Hamas official praised the "strength" Israel showed in a prisoner exchange that swapped more than 1,000 Palestinian convicts for one captured Israeli soldier.

  • Released Sgt. Gilad Schalit (second from right) walks with his father, Noam (right), Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (second from left) and Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak (left) at the Tel Nof Air Base in southern Israel on Oct. 18, 2011. (AP Photo/Israeli Defense Ministry)

    Israeli soldier freed in swap for Palestinians

    Sgt. Gilad Schalit returned home Tuesday from five years of captivity in the Gaza Strip.

  • A child hugs a released Palestinian prisoner at the Rafah border crossing between Egypt and the Gaza Strip on Tuesday, Oct. 18, 2011. (AP Photo/Hatem Moussa)

    Mass rallies celebrate freed Palestinian prisoners

    Tens of thousands of flag-waving Palestinians in Gaza celebrated the homecoming Tuesday of hundreds of prisoners swapped for an Israeli soldier, and the crowd exhorted militants to seize more soldiers for future exchanges.

  • Released Sgt. Gilad Schalit (second from right) walks with his father, Noam (right), Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (second from left) and Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak (left) at the Tel Nof Air Base in southern Israel on Oct. 18, 2011. (AP Photo/Israeli Defense Ministry)

    Israeli-Palestinian prisoner swap happens after years of talks

    One of the largest prisoner swaps in Israeli-Palestinian history began Tuesday, as army Staff Sgt. Gilad Schalit returned home after Israel secured his freedom in return for the release of 1,027 Palestinian prisoners.

  • Victims' kin oppose swap of militants for a sergeant

    Relatives of Israelis killed in Palestinian attacks waged a charged debate Sunday over the planned release of militants this week in a deal to free an Israeli soldier held by Hamas for five years.

  • On Sunday, Oct. 16, 2011, a Palestinian prisoner flashes a V-sign on board an Israeli Prison Service bus transferring Palestinian prisoners who are to be exchanged for captured Israeli Sgt. Gilad Schalit. (AP Photo/Ariel Schalit)

    In Israel, a charged debate over prisoner release

    Relatives of Israelis killed in Palestinian attacks waged a charged debate Sunday over the planned release of militants this week in a deal to free an Israeli soldier held by Hamas for five years.

  • ** FILE ** Israeli Defense Forces Sgt. Gilad Schalit has been held by Hamas since 2006. (AP Photo, File)

    Family: Israeli soldier likely released Tuesday

    An Israeli soldier captured by Gaza militants will likely return home Tuesday, said a spokeswoman for his family on Friday, ending a five-year ordeal for his family and the country.

  • Palestinian prisoners in trade for Israeli soldier may be deported

    A Hamas official said Thursday that close to 200 of the 450 Palestinians to be freed in the first phase of a swap for a captured Israeli soldier will not be allowed to return to their homes in the West Bank, Gaza or East Jerusalem, suggesting a substantial number may face deportation.

  • Israeli border police fire tear gas towards Palestinians during clashes outside the Ofer military prison near the West Bank city of Ramallah on Oct. 12, 2011. (Associated Press)

    Many freed Palestinian prisoners may be deported

    A Hamas official said Thursday that close to 200 of the 450 Palestinians to be freed in the first phase of a swap for a captured Israeli soldier will not be allowed to return to their homes in the West Bank, Gaza or east Jerusalem, suggesting a substantial number may face deportation.

  • Palestinian Hamas supporters celebrate the announcement of a prisoner swap deal with Israel, in the Jebaliya refugee camp, northern Gaza Strip on Oct. 11, 2011. Israeli and Hamas have reached a deal to free captured Israeli soldier Gilad Schalit, held by Hamas-linked militants in the Gaza Strip since 2006, in exchange for hundreds of Palestinian prisoners, officials from both sides said. (Associated Press)

    Israeli Cabinet minister blasts prisoner swap deal

    An Israeli Cabinet minister who voted against a landmark deal with Hamas to free a captured Israeli soldier in exchange for Palestinian prisoners denounced on Wednesday the pending swap as a "huge victory for terror."

  • Sgt. Gilad Schalit was captured by militants from Gaza during a cross-border raid on June 25, 2006. His release will cap five years of negotiations. (Associated Press)

    Hamas makes a deal to return captured Israeli soldier

    JERUSALEM | Israel and Hamas have reached a deal to free an Israeli soldier held in the Gaza Strip in exchange for hundreds of Palestinian prisoners, officials from both sides said Tuesday.

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