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Behind enemy lines, Raid on Entebbe

 

Sassy Reuven

On Sunday, Dec. 7, Chabad Lubavitch of North Orlando will be hosting Sassy Reuven, a veteran of the Israel Defense Special Operation Forces. During the terror-filled years of 1973-1976 Reuven 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, Reuven 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 June 27, 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 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.

Reuven 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 and 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.

The event will be take place at the Hyatt Place Lake Mary, 1255 S International Parkway, Lake Mary, FL 32746

More information or reservations, go to http://www.JewishNorthOrlando.com or call 407-878-3011.

Tickets are $15 if purchased by Nov. 30 and $20 after Nov. 30.

 

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