Saddest line of the day?
The hijackers deliberately sorted the hostages into two groups—Jews and Gentiles. As they did so a Holocaust survivor showed Böse a camp registration number tattooed on his arm, Böse protested “I’m no Nazi! … I am an idealist”.
Just like the hijackers! Except they were also Nazis!!
If that poor guy was still alive, ten bucks says he’d have voted for Obama.
You can tell this was the 70s, because:
A 19-year-old Frenchman named Jean-Jacques Maimoni—who chose to identify himself as an Israeli Jew to the hijackers even though he had a French passport—stood up, and was killed by the Israeli commandos, who mistook him for a hijacker.
A French nun also refused to leave, insisting that one of the remaining hostages take her place, but she was forced into the waiting Air France plane by Ugandan soldiers.
I say that because the nuns who taught me between “nursery school” and “Grade 13” would’ve done the same thing. Today? Ha ha.
Also? Last non-anti-Semitic Frenchman.
PLUS: Why Muslims don’t win Nobel Prizes:
While preparing the raid the Israeli army consulted with some Israeli firms that were often involved in building projects in Africa during the 1960s and 1970s. One reason the raid was so well-planned was that the building in which the hostages were being held was built by an Israeli construction firm, who still had the blueprints…