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Entebbe Lecture

Entebbe Lecture

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Operation Entebbe

  Join us for an exclusive evening with
Elite IDF Commando  SASSY REUVEN
as he will share first hand accounts of how Israel
pulled off the greatest hostage rescue in history.

  Sunday, February 21 at 7:00 PM 

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Sassy  Reuven is a veteran of the Israel Defense Special Operation Forces.  
During the terror-filled years of 1973-1976 Sassy served in the IDF's elite "Red Beret" paratrooper unit.
He participated in several covert operations in Israel's mighty struggle against Arab terrorism.
In July of 1976, Sassy participated in the famed Entebbe counter-  terrorist hostage-rescue mission
code named "Operation   Thunderbolt", flying thousands of miles over enemy territory to
rescue Jewish hostages being held by terrorists in Uganda.  A week earlier, on 27 June,
an Air France plane was hijacked, by members of the  Popular Front for the Liberation
of Palestine and the German Revolutionary Cells, and flown to Entebbe,  the main airport of Uganda.
More than 100 Israeli and Jewish passengers remained  as hostages and were threatened with death.
Israeli transport planes carried  100 commandos over 2,500 miles   (4,000 km) to Uganda for the rescue operation,
which took place at  night. The operation lasted 90 minutes. 102 hostages were rescued.  
Five Israeli commandos were wounded and one, the unit   commander, Lt. Col. Yonatan Netanyahu, was killed.
All the hijackers, three hostages and 45 Ugandan soldiers were killed.  
Sassy will share his personal experience,
step-by-step from   the moment he was called to duty, including the preparation   for the mission, landing in
Uganda & completing the mission   behind enemy lines.  His story is Israel's story: of courage, endurance,
defiance and a   willingness to sacrifice it all for the right to live in your homeland in   freedom.  

 

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