Hijacked Again

Sepember 15, 1970
1970 HFP, Volume 2 Number 18

On September 6, a terrorist group calling itself the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP) hijacked a SwissAir flight and a TWA flight in Zarga, Jordan and a BOAC flight in Cairo, Egypt, and unsuccessfully tried to hijack an Israeli plane. Three days later, they captured a British Airways plane in Amman, Jordan. After all hostages were removed from the planes and taken away, the four aircraft were blown up with explosives on live TV at an airstrip in Jordan. On September 11, 1970, President Richard Nixon announced a comprehensive anti-hijacking program including use of air marshals on all flights.

Dale Yancy's front-cover cartoon, pictured at right, used the recent spate of hijackings as a starting point for questioning whether our entire world was being hijacked by Satan, using our own pride, vanity and self-righteousness against us.

Larry Norman pondered the phenomenon of war, a "reflex action to disagreement" that mankind had "repeated and improved upon since Cain killed Abel." How could we ever hope for world peace, Norman asked, until each of us found personal peace through Jesus?

The Christian World Liberation Front (CWLF) was gaining ground at CSU Fullerton, and Thy Brother's House, a Jesus coffeehouse near the campus, was planning an Earth Harvest concert in October that would feature Randy Stonehill, Larry Norman, Agape and other popular Christian bands. A Youth Celebration Day was being planned for November in Van Nuys, featuring Sunset Strip evangelist Arthur Blessitt. Plans were underway to reprint and distribute the HFP nationwide.

Our dramatic back-page poster, pictured at lower right, proclaimed "All Power Through Jesus!"

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