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Why Does Only Israel Want a Munich Moment?

The IOC refuses to commemorate Munich’s 40th anniversary

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One of the terrorists during the Munich massacre.(AP/Times of Israel)

In 1996, then-International Olympic Committee President Juan Antonio Samaranch discussed the recent war in the Balkans, and the need to rebuild Sarajevo. What he didn’t commemorate, or even mention—and what, the IOC announced today, won’t be commemorated, or even mentioned, in any official capacity at this summer’s Games in London on the 40th anniversary—is the massacre of Israeli athletes at the 1972 Munich Olympics. Despite an official Israeli request, the IOC will not do, well, anything, except, in the words of President Jacques Rogge, to offer the following thoughts: “What happened in Munich in 1972 strengthened the determination of the Olympic Movement to contribute more than ever to building a peaceful and better world by educating young people through sport practiced without discrimination of any kind and in the Olympic spirit.”

This should not be a solely Israeli issue. Among the birthplaces of the eleven Israeli athletes murdered by Palestinian terrorists affiliated with Fatah are Poland (wrestler Yakov Springer participated in the Warsaw Ghetto uprising), Libya, Latvia, Romania, Belarus, and, yes, the United States—Cleveland, to be exact. A German police officer was killed (as were five Palestinian terrorists). Jewish American athletes feared for their lives and had to be ferried out of the country; Mark Spitz was not permitted to stick around to celebrate the record seven gold medals he won. The Olympic governing bodies of all of those countries—including the U.S. Olympic Committee—ought to be demanding official recognition, as should those countries’ governments.

And, for good measure, so should every other country. The Munich 11 were targeted because they were Israelis and Jews, but anybody who thinks the massacre was only an assault on Israel and Jews does not understand—well, does not understand the Olympic spirit, which is dedicated “to building a peaceful and better world … through sport practiced without discrimination.”

No Words for Families of Munich Victims [Baltimore Sun]
I.O.C. Rejects Israeli Request for Moment of Silence [NYT]

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yevka says:

This might’ve had more credibility if Israel commemorated the Palestinians who were killed in their homes so it could become a Jewish state.

    exliberaljew says:

    Your moral equivalence is disgusting. In 1948 Jews were attacked by Arab residents and at least 5 Arab armies despite Israel’s acceptance of partition and in spite of the fact that the Jews had already been granted the right to settle and establish a state in an area larger than that which they finally accepted. The Arabs said no. they said no in 1937 and to every reasonable offer made to them until the present day. And they still reject the existence of a Jewish state anywhere. The Jews defended themselves and in war bad things happen.
    The Israeli athletes were attacked and slaughtered simply because they were Jews and as athletes had nothing whatever to do with the Arabs killed in 1948. There is absolutely no equivalence at all. it’s just your anti-semitism showing.

      Dear exliberaljew: andrew the putz just gave us the reason why there will be no commemoration of the murder: it’s never the Arabs’ fault.  They can start wars, they can murder babies.  But that’s just what oppressors do, my friend.  Can’t hold them accountable for that.  I remember Munich (live, on TV), my kids will remember Munich.  The world can go to h-ll.  I don’t need their sympathy.  

      Now then… there’s not much point in answering this without attacking Zionism as a movement.  It’s not just who fired the first shot in Palestine.  The basic aims of Zionism are responsible for starting the conflict, because, simply put, it required military conquest and atrocities against civilians to succeed, regardless of what those who were to be excluded from the Jewish state would accept.  All Zionist leaders and political groups wanted Palestine to have a Jewish majority; that was not going to happen unless the Arabs voluntarily vacated, which of course, they didn’t.

      And in your narrative, if it’s not done by Arabs, it’s done in passive voice.  Who gave the Zionists the right to settle in Palestine and establish a state there?  The same Western Powers that ran brutal colonial regimes in Algeria, India, et. al.  And of course the British did as much in Palestine where many settlers took part in as policemen or ‘special’ strike-forces. 

      During 1948, there were more attacks on Arabs, most of whom had done nothing.  Deir Yassin was attacked despite an agreement with Givat Shaul (A neighboring settlement), for example.  (Excerpts from ‘Birth of the Palestinian Refugee Problem Revisited’ that show Zionists attacking civilians unprovoked)

      The WZO refused a few ‘reasonable’ offers as well:  The Peel Commission and Uganda.

Jacob Arnon says:

Andrew r is an antisemite who posts on many Jewish and pro Jewish websites. 

He would have more credibility if he would ever mention what the Arabs did to the Jews.

Jacob Arnon says:

Yevka too is an antisemite who often posts diatribes in the Forward website. 

PhillipNagle says:

Why would the IOC, which permitted itself to be a stage for Nazi propaganda  in 1936, and allowed Jewish athletes to be discriminated against in that Olympiad, oppose a momment os silence for the Jews murdered in 1972?  Maybe it’s because they’re still anti-Semites.

moriahandrea says:

Antisemitism as an Olympic sport

Dick Stanley says:

Too many Muslims in Londonistan, probably.

Marc Tracy is right about this article. The athletes were not only native Israelis but also ones who were born or lived in other countries that chose to represent Israel (in the Olympics, if parents or relatives of the Olympian were born in another country, the athlete can choose which country to represent)-as you said, Poland, Romania, Latvia, Belarus (the first two then-Communist Counties at the time of the ’72 Games, the latter two part of the Communist Soviet Union), The USA, and Libya, which I know is mostly Arab. On one hand, maybe the IOC does not want to have a moment of silence because they may think it would glorify the terrorists who did this horrific act. On the other hand it could be a case of offending the Arabs. Since the modern Olympics started in 1896, all the presidents of the IOC (with the exception of Avery Brundage of the USA, who was the head of the IOC at the time of the Munich Olympics, and although I shouldn’t speak ill of the deceased, many Americans think of him as they did Benedict Arnold), have been from European Countries (Greece, France, Switzerland, Belgium [twice-includes Jacques Rogge, the current IOC head who is term-limited and will step down in 2013]),Sweden, Ireland (Lord Killanin succeded Brundage), and Spain (Juan Antonio Samaranch, who was Rogge’s predecessor). Nothing against Europe, but I look for the next IOC head to either be from the Americas, Asia, or Australia.
To the people who represented Israel in the ’72 Olympics whose lives were lost, you may not get the moment of silence, but you have already received an award from the Almighty God.


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