The ‘Deerlift’ of 1978
A real-life Israeli caper
On November 28th, 1978, as Iran was hurtling toward Islamic revolution, zoologist Mike Van Grevenbroek landed at Tehran’s Mehrabad Airport, coming from Tel Aviv, carrying a blow-dart gun disguised as a cane and secret orders from an Israeli general.
You’re saying you don’t want to read an article that begins with that sentence? One that details how, as part of Israel’s project of restoring Biblical animals to its land, Van Grevenbroek surreptitiously secured four Persian fallow deer from Iran and got them on to the final El Al flight out of Tehran? One that celebrates the fact that four descendants of these deer, members of a species that were once hunted to extinction in Israel, were released into the Israeli wild last month to join 500 of their now-thriving brothers and sisters? No. Of course you want to read it.