Former Hamas captive Gilad Shalit makes rare public appearance at Texas gala

National FIDF Board of Directors member and Texas Chapter Chair Nicole Lowenstein with former Hamas captive Gilad Shalit at the April 6 FIDF gala in Houston. Credit: Alan Ross.

( Former Hamas captive Gilad Shalit made a rare public appearance at the recent Friends of the Israel Defense Forces (FIDF) Texas Chapter Gala in Houston.

Shalit, who spent five years in captivity before returning to Israel in October 2011 as part of an exchange for more than 1,000 Palestinian prisoners, said at the April 6 event that FIDF “is a very important organization that does amazing things for our brothers and sisters in the Israel Defense Forces.”

The gala raised nearly $475,000 to support the wellbeing of IDF soldiers.

Posted on April 11, 2014 .