Tuesday, June 5, 2018

Remembering Bobby Kennedy.

Today marks the 50th anniversary of the assassination of Robert F. Kennedy, in what is likely the first act of Palestinian terrorism on American soil.  Angered at Kennedy's support for Israel, a Palestinian Arab Sirhan Sirhan shot the young Senator 3 times, killing him.  It was no coincidence that the assassination took place on the first anniversary of the 6 day war

As a cub reporter for the now defunct Boston post, Robert Kennedy had traveled to pre-state Israel, documenting what he saw.   The articles are duplicated here, and are well worth reviewing.

In an interview in 1989, Sirhan  told David Frost that he felt betrayed by Kennedy.
From the New York Times:

''My only connection with Robert Kennedy was his sole support of Israel and his deliberate attempt to send those 50 bombers to Israel to obviously do harm to the Palestinians'' ...

Mr. Sirhan, 44 years old, said that when he killed Mr. Kennedy, who was then the leading candidate for the Democratic Presidential nomination, ''I was not doing it out of personal malice toward the man, but out of concern for other people.''

Sirhan Sirhan's  concern for others appears to have been short lived.

Warren Kozack of the National Review writes:

Sirhan’s 15th and most recent parole hearing took place in 2016. He was, once again, denied. In a previous hearing in 2006, Tip Kindel, a spokesperson for the board of parole hearings, said Sirhan was “very hostile.” “He hates Americans,” Kindel said. “He continues to pose a risk for public safety.”

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