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King Abdullah Slaying!
But Step in 30-Year Insult to Arab World By Dorothy Thompson Inasmuch as so very little is known about the Middle East, and bo much of what is known is greatly distorted, it has seemed to me worth while, from a journalis tic viewpoint, to go into the back ground of the assassination of King Abdullah. I was in the Middle East last winter, %md had a long audience First of Two Articles with Abdullah. I also know that many people, including those who most deplored it, believed then that his life hung on a string. I think myself that he was just as anti-Zionist as any Arab leader.; Di'f T tKirslr t mtt tion with him, in which he was extremely reserved, but neverthe less partly revealing) that he was perfectly willing to use Israel, in sofar as he could, tp accomplish his primary purpose. His atti tude, as far as I could gauge it, was, first unite Arabia (under me) and then we will consider what to do about Israel. But the real story is as I have written it, the story of the violence let loose by 30 years of dividing,! Ignoring, and insulting the Arab, world, and of Israel’s gangs them selves setting the example of ter rorism. It must always be remem bered that Israel appeared in the Arab world with the claim to rep resent a higher stage of progress and culture. Neither First Nor Last. The assassination of King Ab dullah of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan is not the first political murder to occur in Jerusalem, nor is it likely to be the last. No words, can describe the tension that prevails in the reduced Arab part of this preposterously divided city, into which tens of thousands of Arabs are herded, across barbed wire from their visible former homes. Every emotion is intensified by the fact that within a few hun dred square yards are concen trated the religious memorials of the sects of half the world: The rock of Abraham's sacrifice, sacred to all Orthodox Jews is proximate to the rock of Omar, from which the prophet Mahomet ascended in the belief of Islam, into heaven. The mosque of Omar which covers it was, in Jewish belief, the site of the temple of Solomon, and —in Moslem* apprehension—will one day be reclaimed and thus violated by the Jews. The Jewish wailing wall is across from Calvary and the Gar den of Gethsemane. And it* is as though the very stones absorbed and reflected back, with added intensity, the fanaticisms and pieties of the centuries, in the surcharged atmosphere of sus pended, but not repressed, politi cal violence. Word Comes From Arabic. Assassination and violence are not unknown to the Arab world. The very word “'assassin” comes from the Arabic, and was origi nally used to describe a fanatical but heretical moslem sect active during the time of the crusades. (Its descendants today are mostly in India and Arabia and ac knowledge as their living God the Aga Khan.) But the peculiar modern form om political murder introduced the Arab world to a form of argu ment w!hich was not natural to it. The unpunished murder of Count Bernadotte, embodying in his person the very idea of the United Nations, and unpunished because the Jewish masses wrarm ly sympathized with the act, was not lost on the Arabs, especially as it was committed by those de scribed as members of a superior western culture. Individual terrorism—the sys- j tematic picking out for elimina-; tion, first specific personalities! and eventually almost any one— was developed as a theory by the! late Jabotinsky, head of the Zion ist revisionists. On this theory the Stern gang and the Irgun developed their tactics. The„ late Lord Lloyd was a victim; so was Count Bemadotte; so were many! British soldiers, including the two' garrotted British sergeants who were waylaid after dining with Jewish friends. Terroristic tac tics are epidemic. Jews used them against Jews as well as! Arabs, and Arabs against Arabs as well as Jews. (Released by the Bell Syndicate. Inc ) (To Be Continued.) Rear Admiral Riggs To Relire Wednesday The Navy announced today that Rear Admiral R. S. Riggs, 6925 j Greenvale street N.W., assistant chief of naval operations for the naval reserve, will retire on Wednesday. Rear Admiral W. K. Phillips, new 8th distritt commandant, will succeed Admiral Riggs. Admiral Phillips will be suc ceeded by Rear Admiral G. W.l Settle, a native of Washington! who lives at 660 Thirty-second street N.W. He now is attached to the office of the Chief of Naval Operations. The Navy also said that Rear Admiral Stephen R. Edson, com mander of Naval Supply Activi ties, Brooklyn, N. Y„ will report to the Office of Naval Materiel. Capt. Joseph L. Herlihy will take his place in Brooklyn. Meanwhile, the Army also an nounced that Maj. Gen. I. D, White, 1st Army chief of staff, will become commander of the Armored Center and commandant of the Armored School at Fort Knox, Ky.. on Wednesday. He succeeds Maj. David G. Barr, veteran of fighting in Korea, who has entered Walter Reed Hospital lor “an extended period of hos pitalization,” the Army said. The nature of his illness was not dis closedf I 1 V: m I- ffl • :• ; gSS jw SSsS "Th« Av«nu«" \ \ _^o ^ 7tK Srh and D Sli N W. 1 jjQ — " Shop Friday, Store Closed Saturday! NOW for the First Time at *15.95 to *70.50 Less! 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