Entebbe veteran to speak at UIA functions

February 15, 2016 by J-Wire Staff
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Doron Almog a highly decorated soldier and a veteran of Entebbe will talk at UIA functions next month.

Doron Olmog

Doron Almog

With over 25 years of service, he has participated in some of Israel’s most important military operations, including first on the runway at Entebbe and leading significant operations into Gaza. He will paint for us a picture of the social, military and economic landscape of contemporary life in the South of Israel to explain how KH-UIA is supporting the State of Israel’s priorities, translating these initiatives to improving life on the ground for so many in a way that is relevant and sustainable

In 1976’s Operation Entebbe, he was the first para-reconnaissance commander to land on the runway at Entebbe, marking it for incoming Israeli airplanes, then leading the capture of the airfield’s control tower in the rescue operation. In 1984-1985, he participated in the clandestine airlift of 7,000 endangered Beta Israel (or “Falasha“) Jews from Ethiopia to Israel in what was known as “Operation Moses“. In his most recent post, as head of the IDF Southern Command from 2000-2003 he secured the border of the Gaza Strip against infiltration by Palestinian militants.

On September 10, 2005, as he and his wife arrived in London on an El Al flight to do fundraising for Aleh, a handicapped services organization which he helped found, Almog was tipped off by the Israeli Embassy that a warrant had been issued for his arrest on suspicion of violating the 1949 Geneva Convention in connection with home destructions in Gaza. The warrant was issued by Chief London Magistrate Timothy Workman of the Bow Street Magistrates’ Court. The petition for the arrest warrant had been filed by Daniel Machover and Kate Maynard, acting as attorneys for the Palestinian Centre for Human Rights. Machover is the head of Civil Litigation for Hickman & Rose Solicitors (London), and, co-founder (in 1988) of Lawyers for Palestinian Human Rights. Maynard is a member of Hickman & Rose. The warrant was considered urgent, and so was not brought before the English Attorney-General to approve. After Almog’s escape, the warrant was cancelled in light of the fact that Almog had left Britain and was no longer under the court’s jurisdiction.

Doron will speak at the following functions:

Victoria – General Division Campaign Launch Gala Dinner- Monday 7 March. For more details please contact UIA Vic 1300 ISRAEL (1300 477 235) or www.uiavic.org

NSW – General Division Sunday 28 February, Monday 29 February Tuesday 1 March and Young Leadership Wednesday 2 March. For more details please contact UIA NSW 9361 4273 or info@uiansw.org.au

WA – General Division Campaign Launch – Thursday 3 March, tickets at: www.trybooking.com/JYBA  or call (08) 9275 1186

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