70 yrs ago Jordan King Assassinated
By Micah Halpern
Tuesday July 20, 2021
It was a Friday. The date was July 20, 1951 and King Abdullah of Jordan was visiting Jerusalem. He stood on the steps of the Muslim Mosque of al Aqsa, what Jews called the Temple Mount. The King of Jordan had come to Jerusalem to speak to leaders of Israel.
Seventy years ago, while standing on those steps, in front of his grandson who would later become King Hussein, King Abdullah of Jordan was assassinated.
The assassin was a Palestinian named Mustafa Shukri Ashshu. He was a follower of the ex-Mufti of Jerusalem Haj Amin al-Husseini. The Haj Amin was anti anything Jewish. So anti that he forged a relationship with Adolf Hitler and was even hosted by him.
The Haj Amin and King Abdullah were arch enemies.
It was a season for assassinations. Just days before Abdullah’s assassination on the steps in Jerusalem, Riad al Sohl, the first prime minister of Lebanon, was assassinated in Jordan. Ali Razmara, prime minister of Iran, and Abdul Hamid Zanganeh, former education minister of Iran, had been assassinated days before.
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