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Operation on the Wings of Eagles (Magic Carpet)
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Between June 1949 and September 1950, 41,914 Yemenite Jews left the British Crown Colony of Aden for Israel in an airlift that was initially called Operation Magic Carpet. Yemenite Jews had assembled in the British colony in hopes of immigrating to the Jewish state. The airlift that took them, at the time the largest airlift the world had seen, was called Operation Magic Carpet and subsequently Operation on Wings of Eagles, with reference to Exodus 19:4: “You have seen what I did to the Egyptians, and how I b…

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Tudor Parfitt, “Operation on the Wings of Eagles (Magic Carpet)”, in: Encyclopedia of Jews in the Islamic World, Executive Editor Norman A. Stillman. Consulted online on 26 March 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1878-9781_ejiw_SIM_0017040>
First published online: 2010

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