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

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

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Anybody familiar with the 1972 Munich Olympics massacre might wonder if the title of this post refers to the Palestinian terrorist organization that perpetrated the Munich attack, and the answer is, well: See, “Black September,” the organization, never would have existed if it weren’t for…

This weekend in world history: the Munich Massacre (1972)

This weekend is the 43rd anniversary of the two day terrorist attack against the Israeli team competing in the 1972 Munich Olympics. On the morning of September 5, 1972, eight members of the radical PLO group Black September infiltrated Munich’s Olympic Village and broke into apartments that were housing members of the Israeli team, killing… Continue reading This weekend in world history: the Munich Massacre (1972)