The backstory of Operation Ezra

The Relentless Heroes of The El Al Baghdad Airlift

The incredible story of a mother, an infant, and her 10-year-old boy, who escaped persecution in Iraq and flew to the promised land, all for just $20.

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Iraqi Jews fleeing Baghdad via C46 military transport
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Al Cunningham, my father, in El Al uniform, 1954
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Lou Lenart with General Ariel Sharon (original photo was a gift to the author by Lenart)
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If the Iraqis learned the airlift was bringing Jews to Israel, they would shut it down. The other reality is that the pilots would be hung as spies.

Operation Ezra

El Al bagan flying refugees from Baghdad bound for Tel Aviv in mid-May 1951.

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Al Cunningham (left) with pilot volunteers in Israel 1950
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Lou Lenart in the War for Independence
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Lou Lenart receiving an award, with Prime Minister Ariel Sharon (original photo was a gift to the author by Lenart)

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Producer of Extraordinary Lives 2019 @TellyAwards for documentaries @ IconicVoices.tv; Author of Be Somebody @ jeffcunningham.com; ex-publisher @Forbes

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