Gilad Schalit named Honorary Citizen of New Orleans

Marking the third anniversary of the kidnapping of Gilad Schalit by Hamas terrorists, the city of New Orleans declared the abducted IDF soldier an honorary citizen. The move was initiated by Rabbi Uri Topolosky of Congregation Beth Israel, who petitioned the City Council through Arnie Fielkow to issue a proclamation declaring Shalit an honorary citizen, as a measure of support to him and his family. "Gilad's story is a symbol of the human element of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and must not be minimized as the global community strives to achieve peace in the Middle East," the city council proclamation announcing the decision stated.