Gilad Shalit met New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg at City Hall for a brief ceremony on the sixth anniversary of the day Shalit was captured by Hamas.
During Tuesday’s ceremony, which also featured City Council Speaker Christine Quinn, Bloomberg showed Shalit an iPad photo of himself with Shalit’s parents, Aviva and Noam, and presented the former Israeli soldier with a crystal apple donated by Tiffany’s, according to The New York Times.
Bloomberg and Quinn actively pushed for Shalit’s release from captivity. In 2009, Bloomberg marched with Shalit’s parents during the Salute to Israel parade in New York and also sported a button demanding his freedom.
Shalit is now a sportswriter for the daily Yediot Achronot newspaper in Israel, and came here to cover the Miami-Oklahoma City NBA championship. He was in New York briefly on his way to the Euro 12 soccer championships in Poland and Ukraine.