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.
"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
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
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
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.
*Washington Post; 6/4/98.