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Rami ShermanCF
Former soldier tells of rescue mission at Norwich event 

The Norwich-based group 'East Anglia Friends of Israel' held an event in December with guest speaker Rami Sherman who told his personal story of his involvement in rescuing Jewish hostages in Uganda.

Around 80 people joined came to an event in Norwich on December 17 to hear Rami Sherman speak of his personal involvement in the amazing 'Raid on Entebbe' in 1974, which was celebrated in a film of that name the following year. Rami was one of those Israeli soldiers called upon to rescue the remaining Jewish hostages from the airport, flying extremely low some 4000km to Uganda at night, without lights... in order to spring a surprise release. Working against incredible odds, "Operation Thunderbolt" was a game-changing action against international terrorism.

Rami had his audience enthralled for well over 90 minutes and, after answering questions, received a standing ovation as well as many warm personal comments from people afterwards. His audience included those whose families were blessed by that hostage release in 1974.

A tribute to the ongoing background ministry of East Anglia Friends of Israel was offered by Simon Barrett, of Revelation TV. This work of befriending and supporting is especially important in light of the 1144 'blood libel'. The evening was presented by Jill Gower from Norwich Christian group Call to Prayer.

Earlier meetings this autumn featured author and journalist Edwin Black, who spoke of some lesser known details of middle-East realities, and also Rev Bruce Thompson, from Lincoln, who highlighted his growing awareness of the painful history of Christian anti-Semitism and its consequences for today.

The East Anglia Friends of Israel group will be planning future meetings for 2020.
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