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Today's offerings are about Operation Moses, the secret airlift of Ethiopian Jews from Khartoum airport to Israel from 21 November 1984 to 5 January 1985, together with a little about the Mossad operations prior to this and a short piece on the Sigd holiday:
Operation Moses, by the World Zion Organisation (WZO),
Ethiopian Exodus, by Moshe Golan Productions Ltd.,
and the:
Sigd Holiday Celebrations by ISRAEL21c.
Operation Moses
The programme Operation Moses, produced by the World Zion Organisation (WZO) in 2009 (?) features a 25th anniversary reunion event celebrating Mossad's involvement in the evacuations leading up to the Operation Moses airlifts. It includes short interviews with several of the Mossad agents involved in the operation together with archival footage, and audio, of the evacuation by dinghy to the transport ship, the Bat Galim.
Hebrew with English subtitles
6 min
Ethiopian Exodus
Ethiopian Exodus
This is a news programme, anchored by Jay Bushinsky, about Operation Moses and how the returning Jews were being looked after in Israel. The programme was, presumably, made in early 1985, shortly after the operation had been completed.
"Operation Moses: the covert immigration and absorption of Ethiopian Jews (Beta Israel) via Sudan in 1984."
Presenter: Jay Bushinsky.
Director and Editor: Barry Teff.
Moshe Golan Productions Ltd. for the Jewish Agency for Israel Immigration and Absorption Department, The Youth Aliya Department.
35 min.
Sigd Holiday Celebrations
The Sigd Holiday Celebrations - filmed for ISRAEL21c and broadcast 18 November 2009.
For 1500 years, Beta Israel held onto their Jewish traditions in Ethiopia, praying on the Sigd holiday to one day return to Jerusalem. In 2009, Israel declared Sigd to be a national holiday.
And finally, don't forget that our first online lecture, From Ethiopia to Israel - The Lost Biblical Tribe Saved by Spies, is being given by Raffi Berg on Tuesday 23 June at 19:00 BST.
Watch, and ask questions, from the comfort of your own home!
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