Gilad Shalit

1986 - Today

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Gilad Shalit (Hebrew: גלעד שליט, Gilˁad Šaliṭ ; born 28 August 1986) is a former MIA soldier of the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) who, on 25 June 2006, was captured by Palestinian militants in a cross-border raid via tunnels near the Israeli border. Hamas held him captive for over five years until his release on 18 October 2011 as part of a prisoner exchange deal. During his captivity, Hamas rejected requests from the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) to visit Shalit, claiming that such visits could compromise his location. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Gilad Shalit has received more than 1,149,866 page views. His biography is available in 40 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 39 in 2019). Gilad Shalit is the 1,318th most popular military personnel (up from 1,570th in 2019), the 223rd most popular biography from Israel (up from 278th in 2019) and the 9th most popular Israeli Military Personnel.

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  • 40

    Languages Editions (L)

  • 7.26

    Effective Languages (L*)

  • 2.64

    Coefficient of Variation (CV)

Page views of Gilad Shalits by language

Over the past year Gilad Shalit has had the most page views in the with 467,183 views, followed by Hebrew (267,060), and Arabic (193,207). In terms of yearly growth of page views the top 3 wikpedia editions are Japanese (809.59%), Arabic (691.83%), and Turkish (636.15%)


Among military personnels, Gilad Shalit ranks 1,318 out of 2,058Before him are Kiyonao Ichiki, Maksim Purkayev, János Pálffy, Hubert Lanz, Serhiy Tkach, and August Karl von Goeben. After him are Günther Pancke, Maximilian Njegovan, Mikhail Kovalyov, Sultan Agung of Mataram, Baba Nobuharu, and Vicente Rojo Lluch.

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Among people born in 1986, Gilad Shalit ranks 31Before him are Diego Godín, Seth Rollins, Irina Shayk, Alexander Rybak, Kasper Schmeichel, and Park Min-young. After him are Keisuke Honda, Gabriel Boric, Alexandra Daddario, Fahriye Evcen, Inna, and Andrew Tate.

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In Israel

Among people born in Israel, Gilad Shalit ranks 223 out of 466Before him are Nahum Stelmach (1936), Hiam Abbass (1960), Arik Einstein (1939), Narcissus of Jerusalem (95), Tamir Pardo (1953), and Avi Arad (1948). After him are Izhar Cohen (1951), Gali Atari (1953), Gadi Eisenkot (1960), Pinchas Zukerman (1948), Aviv Kochavi (1964), and Alfonso of Brienne (1227).


Among military personnels born in Israel, Gilad Shalit ranks 9Before him are Khalil al-Wazir (1935), Uzi Narkiss (1925), Yitzhak Hofi (1927), Dan Halutz (1948), Hasan Salama (1912), and Dan Shomron (1937). After him are Aviv Kochavi (1964), and Avraham Adan (1926).