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40th Anniversary of DC's First Major Terror Attack: the Hanafi Takeover

Date: Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Time: 10:30 am - 12:00 pm


Beth El Hebrew Congregation
3830 Seminary Road
Alexandria, VA

Contact: Shelly Rosenstein

Phone: 703-537-3062


The 40th Anniversary of Washington's First Major Terrorist Attack: the 1977 Hanafi Takeover

Presented by Paul Green, author of Forgotten Hostages

Along with 125 of his colleagues, Paul Green, an executive at B'nai B'rith International, faced threats of beheading and death from the Hanafi terrorists, who violently captured the B'nai B'rith building in 1977. In another attack at a government building across town, future mayor Marion Barry almost died from a shotgun pellet. Hostages were also taken at a third location, the Islamic Center of Washington. The attack lasted over 40 hours and left two dead and dozens injured.

Paul will share his harrowing account from that day. He'll also talk about what has happened since, including his close friendship with Iranian Ambassador Zahedi, who helped end the siege. Paul was recently interviewed by NPR, WMAL, and BBC Radio, and will also be featured in a full-length documentary. This is truly a program you'll want to attend!

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