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HERITAGE, Florida Jewish News, February I, 1980, Page 5 to ParLs via Hostage Tells Story recently addressed a Women's DMsion Jan. 24 in Orlando. She has been active Appeal for almost 35 years r CJA chairman of seminars for Women's New York. In ! 976, Zeger and her husband during the Entabbe hijacking. This is by Barbara Coenson-Roth HERITAGE Staff Athens, Greece, Cynthia Zeger and her planned to stop in Paris to have lunch with overnight and return home to New York the They went to Uganda instead... the airplane in Athens, Zeger noticed I Arab boys "no more than 19-year-olds," one Yellow shirt, the other red, carrying .a box of remembers commenting to her husband it was for their co-passengers to carry a box z all the way to Paris. cookies and it wasn't carried to Paris. b the airplane, passengers took their seats, the to their comfort and the plane.took off. was routine until the "No Smoking" and Seat Belt" signs went off. The two young in the aisle with guns and grenades. "We Front for the Liberation of the Put your hands up," a voice said. being hijacked. over all passports and any be used as a weapon. '3 gave them my "of course they have never seen It looks like a dagger." in Ben Gaze, Libyafor four hours to dle on ground the doors of the plane were ffledia, followed by his son dressed identically booby trapped. "We were a sitting bomb," Zeger said. The plane again took off at night. Passengers were told to pull down the window shades "in case anybody knew anything about navigation and could tell where we were headed," Zeger said. Dawn appeared through the thin cracks between window and shade. Orthodox Israelis were allowed to put on Tefillin. And time dragged on... ...Until a German voice came over the intercom. "You have reached your final destination." "We landed in Uganda," Zeger said, "into the hands of the murderer of Africa, ldi Amin." The hostages were met by the Uganda army and Amin. "They were expecting us." After a couple of hours on the ground, the hostages were taken into an old airport terminal. "For the first time since takeoff from Athens we were fed--rice and fruit," Zeger remembered. Beds were ready for the hostages, but not enough. "I slept on the floor using my pocket-book as a pillow.., and we all alternated between terror and boredom." On the second day in captivity, young children were released.., all except Israelis who were separated and held in a separate room. Zeger remembers two women who began to scream frantically "help, help" first in French, then in German. They were taken away. Zeger learned that they were sisters and both spent time in Nazi concentration camps. Next, children under I0 and "old" people were to be released..• all except Israelis. "I immediately began gathering addresses of hostages' relatives," Zeger said, "I was sure we were going to be released. My husband was 70 at the time." But it didn't happen. Every day, Zeger remembers, Amin came into the to himself. The prisoners applauded because "we were in the hands of an insane man," Zeger said. Everyone struggled to get in front of the television cameras in hope relatives would see that they were still alive. Everyday the terrorist captors repeated their demands. Everyday "we were told that only the Israelis would not negotiate." Then, after four days of being captive in a room surrounded with armed men and permeated with fear, Zeger remembers, "we were released into.the custody of the French embassy.., all except the Israelis. Arrangements were made to take the hostages to Paris... all except the Israelis. "The French crew chose to stay behind with the Israeli hostages," according to Zeger. "The pilot treated the situation as if he were captain of an army, very noble." •.. And then came the Israeli Entebbe raid to save the remaining hostages.., and the rest is history. Although "wearing physically," Zeger tells her story around the world because "'it is important to show the character of terrorists. And although not part of the Entebbe raid, Zeger said it is important to show the risk Israel took to save "not cabinet members, not a prime minister, not notables, but ordinary people." :nt Member Predicts: 00UMM R CAMP A00i00an 00ountries Would '80 Relations with Israel with Israel. Kenya was used as He pointed out that the high  i /:'' For Children, Teens, and I 'JTA) -- A a refueling base by Israel oil prices and the world infla- J'"Z, Parlia. during itsrescueofhostages tionwhichhashikedtheprices " ’. I almlllmri,(-----I ₯°un1:adswamild ! inEntebbe, Uganda, in]976, of imports has especially hurtKenya and other B,ack I I rrost other Mwidau said that the two African nations. countries have commercial "They (the Arabs> do not I S0MMIT CAMP , 1 s0MM|I' TIlI L I .relations and other ties and about 15 invest in our country," Mwidau • o esdate, a-acoedcampl g I Now m its tenlh season eatu.ng3 • • program in ds 12th season for & 6 week programs of carefully • and students from Kenya are declared. 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