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June 1998
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HOW HISTORY WAS CHANGED

MAJOR WASHINGTON POST ARTICLE ABOUT KENNEDY
NEVER MENTIONS WORD PALESTINIAN

Read below the previous MER article about "Robert Kennedy - Dead Because of Palestine". But before doing so consider these quotes from a major feature article about Robert Kennedy that just appeared in THE WASHINGTON POST. And incidentally, in the whole 3-page newspaper article, the word "Palestinian" never appears. The same with CNN -- a half hour special devoted to the memory of Robert Kennedy and the word "Palestinian" never mentioned. The Americans have such a way of avoiding what they do not want to deal with.

 

WASHINGTON POST:

"30 YEARS LATER, STILL LOOKING FOR RFK"*

"Sirhan Bishara Sirhan: 24, a Jordanian, born in Jerusalem, who'd ended up in L.A. and had spent a lot of time watching TV in the suburbs." [No doubt while watching TV he heard Kennedy's repeated convictions about supporting Israel].

"What if [Robert Kennedy had not been assassinated]?

'I don't think out politics would be domininated by race the way they are,' said [Frank] Mankiewicz. 'He was the only white politician who bridged the gap. Our politics would not be racial politics. They would not be anger-driven.'...

[Michael] Beschloss feels you can almost date the death of liberalism in this country to the events of mid-1968: you could almost date the death of liberalism to June5, 1968...

[Jules] Witcover closes 'The Year the Dream Died' thusly: 'The reality was that the events of 1968 delivered a death blow to the old Democratic coalition that had produced and sustained the New Deal, Fair Deal, New Frontier and Great Society, and left a new conservatism a-borning in its place. Since then, it is beyond dispute that the nation has experienced a major transformation.'"


ROBERT KENNEDY DEAD BECAUSE OF PALESTINE

MER - Washington - 5 June:

The Israelis and their promoters won't say anything about the anniversary of Robert Kennedy's assassination -- they don't want people to remember he was killed because of the Palestinian issue, just a year after the 1967 war when emotions were at fever pitch for the Palestinians, back around the time in fact of the battle of Karameh and the birth of the PLO.

And the Palestinians and their promoters (the "official" Palestinians we mean) aren't going to say anything because they don't want people to remember either -- especially now that they rely on the U.S. Congress and European governments for their money to fund their double-occupation regime that works at Washington's direction.

But MER Reader David McLaughlin in San Francisco is right, MER is the right place to write about these truths and his thoughtful message follows:

 

THERE STILL ARE 4 MILLION PALESTINIAN REFUGEES

Dear MER,

Since it is the 30 year aniversary of Robert Kennedy's asassination someone should mention that he was killed because of pro-Israel statements that he made concerning Israel's illegal occupation of Sirhan Sirhan's Palestinian homeland. Israel had, just the year before, captured the West Bank in a war of agression against Palestinians.

With the recent trip last week to Israel of Newt Gingerich and the pro-Israel statements he has been making ,do you think that we will have a repeat of all of this? These politicians don't seem to be aware of history.

How much longer must we pay for Israel's agression and it's refusal to return the land that it stole? With Robert Kennedy, we paid a very heavy price for our refusal to give some justice to Palestinians. Will this happen again? Just remember that there are still 4 million

Palestinian refugees, none of which has gotten justice.

You cannot steal someones homeland and not expect to pay a price.

 

David McLaughlin

*Washington Post; 6/4/98.


 

 

 

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