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Kill Bernadotte

Author: Fred Jerome
July-August 2015
Volume 48 , Issue 3
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About This Issue

On September 23, 2009, President Obama went to the United Nations Headquarters in New York City, where he paid tribute to all the U.N. personnel who have been killed in the line of duty since the organization’s founding in 1945.  Among the memorial plaques that the president stood before in silence was one that read:

In Memory of Count Folke Bernadotte of Sweden.  United Nations Mediator on Palestine. A Disciple of Peace. A great Internationalist and Humanitarian. A devoted and courageous Servant of the United Nations who was assassinated in Jerusalem on 17 September 1948 while serving the United Nations and the cause of Peace in Palestine.

Assassinated?   By whom?

And why? Why would anyone kill a U.N. Mediator?

More intriguing: Why would any of this information be omitted from the plaque?

We presume President Obama knew the answers to these questions, as we presume most of our readers know the answers. But as our feature writer, Fred Jerome, observes, the answer to these questions are so critical for our understanding of the arc of modern history that they bear repetition.

Fred Jerome is a veteran journalist whose articles and op-ed pieces have appeared in publications such as Newsweek and The New York Times. He has taught journalism at Columbia University’s School of  Journalism  and  New York University. His most recent book is Einstein on Israel and Zionism.

On page 13 of the PDF we note the passing of Donald Neff, an extraordinary journalist who authored one of our most popular and revelatory articles: “Epiphany at Beit Jala,” set during the period when he headed the Jerusalem desk for Time Magazine.

On pages 14 and 15 of the PDF, we list current books and videos available from AMEU that complement our feature article, including Fred Jerome’s book Einstein on Israel and Zionism.

--John F. Mahoney, Executive Director

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