June 26, 2017

An Unsung Foreign Service Hero

Jerry Weaver died in May 2016, at age 77. I only learned about his passing through an old friend the other day. I learned as well that there wasn’t even a public funeral service for him in his hometown of Newark, Ohio. He literally vanished in utter obscurity. So no one was reminded, and few of his neighbors ever knew, that Jerry Weaver was a hero. Some 10,000 Beta Israel (Falasha) Jews owe their lives to Jerry Weaver, an American Foreign Service Officer who led a rescue operation in 1984 and 1985 that fused together elements of Entebbe and Schindler’s List.

Read the full piece on The American Interest .