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Pictures of Resistance Opening Reception

Original post made by Jan Greenfield, Old Palo Alto, on Jul 7, 2010

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Posted by Walter_E_Wallis
a resident of Midtown
on Jul 7, 2010 at 2:20 pm

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This reminds me that this last July 4 was the 34th anniversary of the

Date 4 July 1976
Location Entebbe Airport, Uganda.
Result Mission successful; 102 (out of 105) hostages rescued.

Belligerents
Israel PFLP-EO
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Uganda
Commanders
Yekutiel Adam
Dan Shomron
Yonatan Netanyahu † Wadie Haddad
Idi Amin
Strength
Approximately 100 Commandos,
including Sayeret Matkal, Sayeret Tzanhanim and Sayeret Golani,
plus air crew and support personnel. 7 hijackers
Unknown number of Ugandan soldiers.
Casualties and losses
1 commando killed
5 commandos wounded Hijackers:
All 7 killed
Ugandan Soldiers
45 Ugandan soldiers killed
Unknown number of Ugandan soldiers wounded
11 aircraft destroyed.
4 hostages killed
10 hostages wounded

Operation Entebbe was a hostage-rescue mission carried out by the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) at Entebbe Airport in Uganda on July 4, 1976.[1] A week earlier, on June 27, an Air France plane with 300 passengers was hijacked by Palestinian terrorists and flown to Entebbe, near Kampala, the capital of Uganda. Shortly after landing, all non-Jewish passengers were released.

The IDF acted on intelligence provided by Israeli secret agency Mossad. In the wake of the hijacking by members of the militant organizations Revolutionary Cells and the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine, along with the hijackers' threats to kill the hostages if their prisoner release demands were not met, the rescue operation was planned.[2] These plans included preparation for armed resistance from Ugandan military troops.[3]

The operation took place under cover of darkness, as Israeli transport planes carried 100 elite commandos over 2,500 miles (4,000 km) to Uganda for the rescue operation. The operation, which took a week of planning, lasted 90 minutes and 103 hostages were rescued. Five Israeli commandos were wounded and one, commander Netanyahu, was killed. All the hijackers, three hostages and 45 Ugandan soldiers were killed, and 11 Russian-built MiG fighters of Uganda's air force were destroyed.[4] A fourth hostage was murdered [5] by Ugandan army officers at a nearby hospital.[6]

On that 200th anniversary of our country, public opinion here turned inward, narcissistically rejecting the concept of collective security learned at such heavy cost in WWII. Better Red than Dead was considered a viable policy, and attacks on our own military were widely approved. Entebbe gave me heart that there were still people who knew and paid the price of freedom.

Thank you, Jan, and to the local Holocaust fans, never again.


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