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Friday, March 25, 2011

Elizabeth Taylor offered to be exchanged for Entebbe hostages

I'm sure most of you know already that Elizabeth Taylor passed away this week, and many of you may even know that she was pro-Israel, but how many of you knew this?
Elizabeth Taylor Offered to Be Hostage, Dinitz Discloses
June 16, 1977
LOS ANGELES (JTA) — Movie actress Elizabeth Taylor offered herself as a hostage for the more than 100 Air France hijack victims held by terrorists at Entebbe Airport in Uganda during the tense days before the Israeli rescue raid last July 4. That disclosure was made here by Israel’s Ambassador to the United States, Simcha Dinitz, at a Jewish National Fund gala honoring Ms. Taylor and her husband, John W. Warner, for their devotion to the land reclamation work of the JNF and other humanitarian causes.

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At 5:42 AM, Blogger NormanF said...

Her conversion to Judaism is well known as well as her love for the Jewish people and Israel.

Elizabeth Taylor will be sadly missed.

At 7:14 AM, Blogger Eliana said...

Elizabeth Taylor appeared in one of the movies about Entebbe. She was a bit player (maybe 13th on the list of actors who appeared in the movie), which was pretty unusual for someone of her stature. She played the wife of Kirk Douglas in the movie (who also played a somewhat bit part). We know how Kirk Douglas feels about Israel!

The movie was "Victory at Entebbe" made in 1976.

Burt Lancaster played a very volatile Shimon Peres in this movie (who stood up and banged his hands on the table when he was angry). Actually, I've heard that Shimon Peres was this aggressive in meetings 30 or 40 years ago.

A young Anthony Hopkins played PM Rabin.


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