French Hero of Entebbe Hostage Crisis Dies

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27 Mar 2019
French Hero of Entebbe Hostage Crisis Dies
Michal Bacos, the captain of Air France flight 139 from Tel Aviv to Paris which was hijacked on 27 June, 1976 and brought to Entebbe Uganda, died on Tuesday at the age of 95. He was eulogized by Christian Estrosi, the mayor of Nice, where he has lived for the last several years. "He refused to abandon his passengers, who were taken hostage because they were Israeli or of Jewish origin, risking his own life," Estrosi wrote. "Michel bravely refused to surrender to antisemitism and barbarism and brought honor to France." Tributes to Bacos were posted by several French, Jewish and Israeli organizations, including the Israeli Airline Pilots Association who wrote that "this dear man passed away today after a long life. The pilots of the State of Israel salute Captain Bacos."

BDS Campaign Suffers Embarrassing Defeat in Holland
An attempt by Mieke Zagt, a political activist in Holland and a supporter of the movement to Boycott, Divest and Sanction (BDS) Israel to shame the Hema supermarket chain for stocking Israeli wine backfired this week, resulting in a massive increase in the purchases of the wine. Zagt tweeted a picture of wine produced in Efrat, an Israeli community just south of Jerusalem in the Judean Hills, on a shelf at Hema, proclaiming it to be from “an illegal Israeli colony” but the Tweet provoked a highly successful social media counter-campaign by Israeli-supporters. “It’s hilarious,” Esther Voet, the editor-in-chief of the NIW Dutch Jewish weekly told JTA. “Everybody started to buy Israeli wine.”

Iran Suffering Massive Flooding
The massive flooding affecting regions of both northern and southern Iran was threatening to reach the capital of Teheran on Tuesday, with President Hassan Rhouhani issuing a public plea for the military to step up its efforts to assist the civilian disaster response agencies which have been completely overwhelmed by the scope of the disaster. Recriminations have flared among Iran’s various governmental agencies even as tens of thousands of people have been displaced and at least 23 people have been confirmed dead as a result of the flooding.

Yad Vashem Announces New Campus
Jerusalem’s Yad Vashem Holocoust Memorial and Remembrance museum announced this week that it has finalized plans to build a new “Shoah Heritage Campus” on the Mount of Remembrance, adjacent to its existing facilities. The campus will house the new Shoah Heritage Collections Center for the large number of documents and other pieces of historical evidence for the Holocaust, and other educational facilities. The project is estimated to cost $50 million and be completed by the end of 2021.

Storks Take a Rest in Israel on Their Way North
Tel Aviv University Scientist Daniel Berkovitch is among many observers currently watching and documenting the behavior of the hundreds of thousands of storks camping out in Dudaim park in the northern Negev, a stop on the migration routes north from Africa to Europe. “A stork arrived to the land of Israel with an African spear stuck in it in the 19th century, which is the first time it became apparent they fly here from Africa,” he explained recently to a group of fellow observers.

Today's video shows a recent panel discussion on Israel's relationship with Europe


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