This Week in History: RFK is shot a year after Six Day War

10.06.2011                      8.Siwan, 5771                      Isru Chag

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This Week in History: RFK is shot a year after Six Day War

Robert Kennedy is shot by a Palestinian man from Jerusalem upset by the senator's pledge to supply Israel with Phantom fighter jets.

On June 5, 1968, exactly one year after the outbreak of the Six Day War, a young Palestinian Christian man from Jerusalem attended an election victory party at Los Angeles’ Ambassador Hotel. As the party – celebrating an important primary victory of a promising and inspiring young Democratic presidential candidate – wound down, Senator Robert F. Kennedy headed out through the hotel’s rear entrance in order to avoid the large, energetic and excited crowds gathered that night to support him. Waiting in the hotel's kitchen, however, was Sirhan Sirhan, who emptied his .22 caliber revolver into the presidential hopeful.
Born in 1944, Sirhan Sirhan fled his Jerusalem home during Israel’s 1948 War of Independence. Soon thereafter, he and his entire family moved to the United States where he attended school, including several years at a local college. But despite his many years in the US, Sirhan’s heart remained with the Palestinian people. Following the Arab defeat in the 1967 Six Day War, he told American news program Inside Edition in a 1989 interview, he was “downcast and crestfallen.” …