Sunday, June 1, 2008


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. . . we are approaching the 40th anniversary of that momentous event that occurred shortly after midnight on June 5, 1968 . . . . Robert Kennedy's assassination . . . . RFK’s murderer, however, is still alive . . . . In good health at 64 and residing in isolation at the Corcoran State Prison in California, he has recently been denied parole for the thirteenth time. He has never denied firing the 8 bullets from his .22 caliber revolver that morning . . .

Of course, Sirhan Bashir Sirhan was not faceless or motive-less. He knew precisely why he pulled the trigger. RFK was his enemy and the enemy of his people. Sirhan’s father and presumptive teacher, Bishara, said after the assassination:

I can say that I do not regret his death as Kennedy the American politician who attempted to gain the presidential election by his aggressive propaganda against the Arab people of Palestine...Kennedy was promising the Zionists to supply them with arms and aircraft…and thus provoked the sensitive feelings of Sirhan who had suffered so much from the Jews…It is not fair to accuse my son without a full examination of Zionist atrocities against the Arabs - those atrocities which received the support and blessings of Robert Kennedy."

Fully aware of the date -- one year to the day -- of the outbreak of the 1967 Arab-Israeli six day war, Sirhan Sirhan planned to kill RFK for his staunch support of Israel, evinced by many of his speeches during the Democratic primary race in California. At the Neveh Shalom Synagogue Kennedy said, "…in Israel -- unlike so many other places in the world -- our commitment is clear and compelling. We are committed to Israel's survival. We are committed to defying any attempt to destroy Israel, whatever the source. And we cannot and must not let that commitment waver."

Police later found news clippings in Sirhan’s pockets documenting Kennedy’s pro-Israel positions. Later, at Sirhan’s trial, a police investigator testified that, "Sirhan was a self-appointed assassin. He decided that Bobby Kennedy was no good because he was helping the Jews. And he was going to kill him."

Schooled in East Jerusalem in the centuries-old anti-Semitism of Islamic sacred texts and no doubt reciting the familiar "Al Yehud Kelabna" ("The Jews are Our Dogs"), Sirhan Sirhan brought his hatred and intolerance to the United States. According to Mohan Goel, an acquaintance of Sirhan's, "[Sirhan] couldn't understand the Americans, that they let the Jews suck the blood of the nation, and keep putting money in the banks."

. . . most American Jews, to whom RFK represented the last best hope for Progressivism, were either silent on the crime of Sirhan Sirhan, or, like the legendary liberal paradigm (who was to later to fall himself to an assassin’s bullet), Allard K. Lowenstein, New York congressman and then Jimmy Carter’s ambassador to The United Nations Human Rights Commission, signed on to the perennial "second gun" theory, thereby partially exculpating Sirhan Sirhan.

In the Arab world, Sirhan Sirhan became a cult hero. It is worth noting that the decades following RFK’s assassination witnessed the spread of PLO terrorism out of Israel into the West, culminating in the Munich Olympic massacre of 1972. Just as the recently exposed Mohammed al Dura hoax inspired a generation of killers, perhaps the cult status of Sirhan Sirhan bringing down one of the West’s most liberal leaders emboldened an earlier generation of murderers.
Many of the quotes for this article originated in: Why Sirhan Sirhan Assassinated Robert Kennedy by Mel Ayton
Posted by Hillel Stavis

Sorry Stavis:
Sirhan Sirhan was born a Maronite Christian and later became a Baptist. I doubt very much if he was inspired by "Islamic sacred texts". . .
#1 Jeffrey Klein at: May 30, 2008 4:23 PM

Where was he educated? Arab Christian culture is dominated by the Muslim majority in any case. Anti-Semitism is rampant.
#2 JeffG (not Klein) at: May 30, 2008 6:45 PM

Schooled in East Jerusalem in the centuries-old anti-Semitism of Islamic sacred texts.

and Arab Christian culture is dominated by the Muslim majority in any case. Anti-Semitism is rampant.

it's fashionable nowadays for zionists to act like christians are our best friends (and indeed, quite often they are) and that in contrast to the delusions of the "golden age of spain/islamic tolerance" christianity is in fact more tolerant of judaism. maybe so, but only nowadays, in a post-Christian West. Eastern Christianity, including Russian Orthodox, Greek Orthodox (the denomination of most Palestinian Christians) and certainly Syrian Maronite Christianity are as virulently antisemitic as Lutheranism and Catholicism were in the past and arguably as bigoted in regard to jews as islam. mainstream trends in global Christianity do influence trends across the schisms, and Christianity does not advocate terrorism in the way that Islam does, but one has to keep in mind that Palestinian Arab nationalism has been marshalled in no small part by Christians such as George Habash (yimach shmo).

so let's not pretend that just because we've made nice with some of the Xtians nowadays that their theology wasn't always predicated on our damnation. The difference between a Christian antisemite and Muslim antisemite is academic, albeit that the latter is probably more common.
#3 yaakov at: May 30, 2008 7:26 PM

The fact that Sirhan Sirhan was raised in the Maronite Church does not ipso facto insulate him from the embedded and ancient Islamic doctrines of antisemitism. In fact, at the time, the recrudescent Jew hatred of Hassan al Banna and the Muslim Brotherhood were well known in the region. A modern example is Naim Ateek, Bishop and founder of SABEEL, the notoriously antisemitic prelate who has equated Israel with "crucifiers".

Jeff Klein attempts to separate Sirhan from the prevalent Jew hatred in the Middle East. Those doctrines are inescapable among Arab populations. Palestinian schools today, which teach both Christian and Muslim children indulge in antisemitism as evidenced in the official curricula and textbooks. Mr. Klein knows this, but chooses not to acknowledge this sad fact.
#4 H Stavis at: May 31, 2008 7:28 AM

Referred to this Solomonia article by

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