The cover of the New York Post today summed it up perfectly- calling Jewish Olympic gymnast Aly Raisman a “Star of David”! Yesterday Aly took home the gold medal for the U.S gymnastics team for her individual floor exercise! The 18-year-old performed her routine to the traditional Jewish song “Hava Nagila.” “I am Jewish, that’s why I wanted that floor music,” she told the New York Post. “I wanted something the crowd could clap to, especially being here in London.”
Aly is an incredible athlete and a gymnastics hero to so many people. But yesterday she stood out of the crowd as more than just a gymnast. When Aly accepted her medal she used her Olympic platform to remember the eleven Israeli Olympians who were murdered in cold blood by Palestinian terrorists during the 1972 Munich Olympics, who the International Olympic Committee (IOC) stubbornly refused to honor with a moment of silence.
“The fact that it was on the 40th anniversary is special and winning the gold today means a lot to me,” she said. Aly then went on to talk about the rejected minute of silence campaign, saying, ”If there had been a moment’s silence I would have supported it and respected it.”
Aly deserves not one, but two gold medals for having the chutzpah to stand up to the IOC and tell it like it is. Congrat Aly! We are so proud of you!
Take a look at Aly’s performance from a previous competition