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Qaddafi, Vanessa Redgrave, and Their Adventures

12:06 PM, Mar 8, 2011 • By STEPHEN SCHWARTZ
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Vanessa Redgrave, of course, is infamous for her anti-Israel demagogy, supported by £116,000 handed to her and Healy in 1979 by Kuwait’s then-crown prince and prime minister, Sheikh Saad bin Abdullah Al-Sabah, who died in 2008. The money was intended to bolster Redgrave’s anti-Israel campaign, which included a 1977 TV film, “The Palestinian,” directed by another WRP adherent, Roy Battersby. Negative reaction to that effort was blamed for Redgrave’s crude remarks at the 1978 Oscars, when she denounced “Zionist hoodlums.” Her bombast on this subject continues to this day.

When Qaddafi’s regime collapses, perhaps there will be a reckoning, if the regime's files can be rescued and opened. With so much oil money at hand, it is difficult to imagine that Qaddafi and his cohort limited their donations to the LSE, internationally-known pop and film entertainers, and minuscule political curiosities. The trail of corruption will doubtless prove extensive and informative.

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