Today in Middle Eastern history: Jordan’s Black September begins (1970)

Prior to September 1970, tensions had been on rise for many years between the Hashemite monarchy of Jordan and the country’s majority Palestinian population. Jordan had become home to large numbers of Palestinians in the wake of the formation of Israel–and subsequent Arab-Israeli War–in 1948, which resulted in a lot of Palestinian refugees and in Jordan annexing the West Bank. When Israel seized the West Bank after the 1967 Six-Day War, still more Palestinian refugees made their way from the West Bank into Jordan proper.

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