Raffi Berg will speak about his new book, “Red Sea Spies” on Sunday, November 15 at 1 pm as part of the Boulder JCC’s LitFest (boulderjcc.org/litfest). 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, with more that 5.5 million readers to date.
In the early 1980s on a remote part of the Sudanese coast, a new luxury resort opened for business. Catering to divers, it attracted guests from around the world. Little did the guests know that the staff members were undercover spies, working for the Mossad—the Israeli secret service.
Providing a front for covert nighttime activities, the resort village allowed the agents to carry out an operation unlike any seen before. What began with one cryptic message pleading for help, turned into the secret evacuation of thousands of Ethiopian Jews who had been languishing in refugee camps, and the spiriting of them to Israel.
Written in collaboration with operatives involved in the mission, endorsed as the definitive account and including an afterword from the commander who went on to become the head of the Mossad, this gripping tale of a top-secret and often hazardous operation is told here in full for the first time.
The Boulder JCC LitFest is a combination of local, national, and international authors, appearing in your living room through Zoom. We encourage you to support our local Boulder Bookstore with the purchase of these books. LitFest is generously supported by our Visionary Sponsor Design Studio & Front Range Design Center. We thank them for their annual support.