Commemorating the Munich Massacre

This Jerusalem Post editorial discusses the decision of the International Olympic Committee not to allow a minute of silence at the upcoming summer Olympic games to commemorate the massacre of 11 Israeli athletes in 1972:

On September 5, 1972, eight Palestinian terrorists dressed in training suits and carrying duffle bags with rifles and handguns broke into a dormitory at the Olympic village in Munich, with the unwitting help of American athletes. Using stolen keys, they found their way into the dormitory where Israeli athletes and coaches were sleeping and took them hostage.

In a struggle that left one of the terrorists beaten and unconscious, two of the Israelis were shot and killed. Using the remaining nine hostages, the kidnappers tried to scare Israel into releasing 200 Palestinian terrorists. Israel refused to negotiate, and a standoff ensued for some 20 hours.

In a botched attempt by German security authorities to free the Israelis, all the hostages were killed…

The world is now preparing for another Olympics. Israeli officials and two members of the US Congress, acting on behalf of two widows of Munich murder victims, made a simple and human request: that when the nations of the world descend on London in July, the athletes and the cheering crowds pause for a minute of silence.

Just for a minute.

But the International Olympic Committee said no.

Originally posted on JPOST

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  • Ernest
    July 28, 2012

    What possible reason could the IOC have in not allowing the minute of silence. It is as if they want to “wash their hands” of the affair, 40 years later. Are they saying they have no responsibility to the families, or that it should just be forgotten? The families of these lost Olympians deserve this recognition for their sacrifice on the alter of “the games!” Anyone who might be offended by this would reveal him/her self as inhumane…

  • Tom
    June 4, 2012

    You would think all life is important. If these were Americans who died or Russians there would be a minute of silence . But 4 Jews no chance G-d forbid. Imagine a Olympics with no Arab’s , this is what would follow . After all these guys let Mr Hitler have the Olympics. not a great track record .

    • Nongkat
      August 2, 2012

      Watch out if you’re coming to London folks. What used to be a happy, peaefcul, white country is now full of dangerous blacks and Muslims particularly around the Olympic stadium and East London. The monkeys were allowed to run wild a few weeks ago and cause carnage and will no doubt do the same next year. My advice is watch it on TV, much safer.

  • Jennifer
    June 2, 2012

    It IS OUTRAGEOUS, every human LIFE is IMPORTANT, I do not have much respect for the olympic board!!!

  • dan
    May 24, 2012

    I think it’s such an outrageous thing not to respect a request like this.

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