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  • An Evening of Tribute for Rabbi Loschak and the Lubavitcher RebbeSasson (Sassy) is a veteran of the Israeli Defense Force, who served in the IDF's elite “Red Beret” paratrooper unit. He has participated in several covert operations in Israel's mighty struggle with those who seek to destroy it and the Jewish people.

    Operation Raid on Entebbe was a counter-terrorist hostage-rescue mission carried out by commandos of the Israel Defense Forces at Entebbe Airport in Uganda on July 4, 1976.

    A week earlier, on June 27, 1976, the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP) and the German Revolutionary Cell (CZ), hijacked an Air France plane with 248 passengers in route to Paris from Tel Aviv, Israel. The hijackers rerouted the plane to Entebbe, Uganda, where the local government and dictator Idi Amin supported the terrorists. While many of the non-Jewish hostages were released, more than 100 Israeli and Jewish passengers remained. The non-Jewish pilot, Captain Bacos, and his crew, choose to stay behind with the hostages. The hijackers threatened to kill the hostages if their demands to release 58 detained terrorists were not met. This threat led directly to the rescue operation Raid on Entebbe.

    While on duty in the Golan Heights Sassy was called to take part in the Raid on Entebbe. On July 3rd and 4th 1976, Sassy, along with the members of his elite unit, flew through the night in hostile territory from Israel to Entebbe, Uganda to free the hostages. Sassy was among the first soldiers to jump out of the Hercules C130 transport aircraft as it slowly taxied on the Entebbe airport runway. His story takes you through the preparation of the mission, to its completion with the safe return of the hostages to Israel.

    Sassy is the only known combatant publicly speaking about his experience with the Raid on Entebbe. He has presented his first-hand account to countless organizations, universities, colleges and high schools around the United States as well as internationally, in Australia, Panama, Canada, England, Switzerland, South Africa and Israel.

    Sassy's story is Israel's story: one of courage, endurance, defiance, and willingness to sacrifice it all, for the right to live in peace as a Jew.
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