Newly released documents by the British National Archive, obtained by the BBC, include a diplomat’s claim of Israeli involvement in the hijacking of an Air France plane in 1976 . The plane was diverted to Entebbe Airport in Uganda, and the operation was concluded with an impromptu, superman-like rescue by Israeli commandos. Given the suspected advance notice the Israeli’s had, may be the rescue was not so glaring after all.
It has been seen as a daring raid by crack Israeli troops to rescue dozens of their countrymen held at the mercy of hijackers.
But newly released documents contain a claim that the 1976 rescue of hostages, kidnapped on an Air France flight and held in Entebbe in Uganda, was not all it seemed.
A UK government file on the crisis, released from the National Archives, contains a claim that Israel itself was behind the hijacking.
An unnamed contact told a British diplomat in Paris that the Israeli Secret Service, the Shin Bet, and the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP) collaborated to seize the plane.
In the document, written on 30 June 1976 when the crisis was still unresolved, DH Colvin of the Paris Embassy writes of his source: “According to his information, the hijack was the work of the PFLP, with help from the Israeli Secret Service, the Shin Beit.
“The operation was designed to torpedo the PLO’s standing in France and to prevent what they see as a growing rapprochement between the PLO and the Americans.”
This claim may very well be true. Israeli intelligence has an eventful resume of successfully infiltrating Palestinian militant and political groups and manipulating them into carrying out operations that the Palestinian populous sees as harmful to their cause. Similar rumors have been circulating in Gaza of Israeli involvement in cases like the kidnapping of BBC journalist Alan Johnston, and the 2003 bombing that killed three US diplomats administering educational scholarships, both by suspiciously new or perviousely unknown groups.
It may be true, but we’re unlikely to know the full facts, for some reason, in such cases, the official version of events, rapidly parroted by media outlets, ceases to become a version, and instead is seen as conventional wisdom, making all alternate theories and versions “conspiracy theories” that are given little credence or attention.
A South African proverb goes like this: “until the lions have their historians, history will always be told by the hunters.”
However, if the Israeli’s were behind this operation, and the intention was to torpedo the PLO-French relations, imagine what would have happened had they thought of ramming the plane into a downtown Paris high rise.
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