In order to commemorate the historic “Operation Thunderbolt,” Israel’s 1976 hostage-rescue raid in Entebbe, the  Jewish Museum of Oporto in Portugal recently opened an exhibit in order to educate audiences.

Announced by B’nai B’rith International, the organizations Portugal president Gabriela Cantergi said of the exhibit, “The [exhibit] is aimed at educating young Jews who lack awareness of the many counter-terrorism actions that the Israel Defense Forces and Mossad have undertaken in the past and are prepared to undertake in the future. The idea of building a room dedicated to the Entebbe operation arose out of an event on June 21 in Oporto that brought together young Jewish leaders of various nationalities, and their main concern was whether Israel could stop a new Holocaust in any country in the world.”

Credit: JNS (B’nai B’rith International)

“Operation Thunderbolt” was a historic mission carried out on July 4, 1976, by an elite unit of Israeli commandos, led by Yonatan Netanyahu, at Entebbe Airport in Uganda. Netanyahu, the brother of Benjamin Netanyahu—who has been Israel’s longest-serving prime minister—was killed during the operation.

The Museum at Oporto states that its mission “is to inform about the historic and cultural importance of the Jews in Portugal and of Portuguese Jews worldwide, with particular emphasis on the Diaspora of Sephardic Portuguese Jews and the history of the Jewish community in Oporto that is older than the foundation of Portugal.”

B’nai B’rith International CEO Daniel Mariaschin further added that, “The hostage-rescue operation in Entebbe exemplified Israel’s strength and resolve. Dedicating an exhibit to that historic moment enables all visitors to the museum to know that Israel protects its people, wherever they may be.”

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