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Next Society Event: 23rd Jun 2020 - Lecture - From Ethiopia to Israel - The Lost Biblical Tribe Saved by Spies - Raffi Berg

7:00pm, Ethiopian Community in Britain, 2a Lithos Road, London NW3 6EF - Public lecture (all welcome).

Doors will open at 6:00pm with complimentary tea, coffee and biscuits available.

Note - Event may have to be rescheduled if the COVID-19 restrictions are not relaxed sufficiently before 23 June.


A lost Biblical tribe, a fake holiday resort and one amazing, audacious plot. BBC journalist and author Raffi Berg tells the remarkable true story of the secret operation which brought the Jews of Ethiopia back to their ancestral home. In a tale which inspired a recent Netflix film, Berg lifts the lid on how Israeli secret agents ran a holiday village on the Red Sea coast of Sudan, posing as diving instructors by day and smuggling Ethiopian Jewish refugees through the desert by night, under the noses of the unwitting Sudanese authorities and the guests who stayed there.

For his new book on the subject, Red Sea Spies, Berg obtained rare access to the agents at the heart of the mission, and the Ethiopians they spirited out. Berg will talk about how he pieced together the story of a modern day Exodus, and of the people who made it happen.

Raffi Berg is the Middle East editor of the BBC News website, and has extensive experience reporting on Israel and the wider region. His article scratching the surface of this story was the most-read original feature in the history of the site.

Red Sea Spies by Raffi Berg.
Publisher : Icon Books, 2020
ISBN : 9781785786006 (hardback)
List Price: £16.99

Capacity at the venue is limited, so please reserve your place soon to avoid disappointment.

Eventbrite Tickets - Red Sea Spies - Lecture by Raffi Berg