03 June 2007

Questions, questions...

The Israeli secret service and radical Palestinians may have engineered the hijacking of an Air France plane that flew to Entebbe in Uganda, according to a claim in newly released government documents.

This extraordinary interpretation on the Entebbe raid was cited by a British diplomat, DH Colvin of the Paris embassy, in June 30 1976 as the world was transfixed by the hostage crisis in Entebbe, which features in the recent film The Last King of Scotland.

In a document released by the National Archives, Mr Colvin, citing an unnamed contact at the Euro-Arab parliamentary association, wrote: "According to his information, the hijack was the work of the PFLP [Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine], with help from the Israeli secret service, the Shin Beit."
Why would a respectable member of the Euro-Arab parliamentary association spread a story like this?

Why would Shin Bet do what would be typically Mossad work? To confuse a "British diplomat"?

Why would a respectable media organ like the Guardian pick up a story that smells to high heavens?

Questions, questions...