No Moment of Silence for Slain Israeli Olympians

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The International Olympic Committee will not hold an official minute of silence at the London Games for the 11 Israeli athletes butchered by the Palestinian terrorists at the 1972 Munich Olympics.

It was the worst terrorist attack in sports history, but the Olympic cupola capitulated to the Arabs’ terroristic ransom and has forsaken Israel, again.

The brave widows of two of the Israeli victims have campaigned to hold a commemoration, either through a moment of silence or a short mention in the Committee president’s opening remarks. Along with 89,000 other people, I signed their petition, but it was ineffective.

The widows and the people of Israel deserved a minute of silence, if only to ease the emotional pain. But the Committee choose infamy, disgrace and capitulation to jihadism.

“We want the Olympic Committee, with all 10,000 young athletes in front of them, to say, ‘Let us not forget what happened in Munich’”, said Ankie Spitzer, whose husband, Andre, was one of the Israeli athletes who had come in peace, to participate in the 20th Olympiad, not just to any country, but to Munich, the city that spawned Adolf Hitler, a mere 20 miles south of Dachau. When they left Germany, 11 were dead, 17 remained out of 28 – just about the same 40 percent.

There’s nothing like the Olympic Games to bring out collective feelings of peace and fair competition, and the memory of the Israelis had a chance of becoming a reality in London.

The massacre of the Israeli team is not just a tragedy for the Jewish State or even for the Olympics, but for the entire world. The building that housed the Israeli athletes was located less than 10 miles from the Dachau concentration camp. They were the first Jews killed in Germany for being Jewish since 1945. The Games lost their meaning that day, and by refusing to hold a memorial for the Israelis, the committee killed the games (and the memory of the eleven Israelis) for the second time. Since then, their murders have vanished from international memory.

If one is to identify a beginning of the slaughtering of Israeli civilians, one must return to 31 Connollystrasse in the Olympic Village of Munich. The apartment building today bears little resemblance to a place forever linked with the darkest hours in European post-Holocaust history.

The political objectives of the Games of 1972 were to bury the memory of the infamous 1936 Nazi Olympics, and to celebrate “the new Germany” as a member of the family of nations. The objective was evident in the color of the Games. Red and black, the colors of  Communist and Nazi totalitarianism, were nowhere to be seen at Munich. In their place, the colors used were of “a may morning in Bavaria.” Friendly colors: grass green, sky blue, cloudlike silver and touches of “flowery orange.”

“Harbiya! Terroristen! Haverim, lehu maher!” The cry rang out in Hebrew at 4:30 a.m., Sept. 5, 1972, as Yossef Gutfreund, the Israeli wrestling coach, slammed against the door of Apartment 1, 31 Connollystrasse. ‘”Arabs! Terrorists! Comrades, get out fast!” For twenty seconds Gutfreund struggled, trying to buy time, one man against eight Arabs. Later the police would find the hinges twisted on the door.

Some Israelis slipped through a back door, but nine were seized and tied to furniture. The terrorists demanded 200 Palestinians jailed in Israel be freed.

The response of the Olympic organizers to the sullying of their games with violence was a series of shameful capitulations to terrorism.

On the day of the attack, the games at first continued, despite the knowledge that two Israelis were dead and nine remained hostage.

When the full tragedy became known, the games were halted for only part of one day. The German government, together with the Committee, rallied under the slogan “the Games must go on.” The shameful decision not to bring everything to a halt was morally bankrupt, and gave a green light for future massacres of innocent Jews.

What could have been more repugnant than the massacre of innocent athletes carried out at the Olympic Games? But the attack became a great media event that stressed the “occupation” of Palestine, and not a terrorist attack against the Jewish people on German soil after the Holocaust. The cowboy hats and the kefiyyehs of the Arab kidnappers, along with their long hair similar to libertarian university students, diverted attention from a simple reality: a band of Islamic terrorists slaughtered, one by one, eleven Jews.

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  • Nahum Katz

    Thank you Mr. Meotti, for reminding all of us this ongoing tragedy

  • sedoanman

    I don't watch the Olympics nor do I buy anything with their symbol on it. I'm wondering why anyone would seek honor from the disgraceful? Give it up.

  • Ronald Simon

    for me I will boycott the london olympics, and i hope my fellow conservatives would do the same.

  • Marty

    The integrity of the olympics was long ago compromised. After all, the mere suggestion that Israelis could be victims of islamic and arab terrorism is considered insensitive and offensive to muslims and their dhimmi apologists. It's still somehow amazing that most of the world considers muslims, all 1.3 billion of them, to be the innocent targets of 13 million Jews. But, of course, logic has never prevailed in this issue. Those who defend this despicable and cowardly decision should at least own up to the naked and genocidal anti-semitism that is responsbile for it.

  • flyingtiger

    Continuing the 1972 games was a good idea. The message was that terrorist cannot stop us. What is shameful is that these people are not honored with a moment of silence in any Olympics since. Instead, they have knuckled under to the terrorist. What do we get by this. A chance to see someone in a Burka finishing last in a race.

  • Messianice Kitty

    Would have really hurt Londong JUST to give the Israels ONE min of silence??!! Even today there are still living family of the murdered athletes!! Israel is the Promise Land and they will have to answer to Almighty Yahweh one day.

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  • Schlomotion

    The Olympics exist to commemorate and celebrate human excellence in athletics, not to commemorate and celebrate Israel. I think John Frankenheimer and Steven Spielberg have already immortalized the weekend that Mr. Meotti is obsessed with. I am sure he can find the six movies about it in the video store.

    • Vermont Yid

      Go back under your rock you malignant pustule.

    • Touchstone

      "The Olympics exist to commemorate and celebrate human excellence in athletics, not to commemorate and celebrate Israel."

      They wouldn't be "celebrating Israel", you word-twisting liar. They would be nobly acknowledging the tragic loss of eleven exemplars of the very "excellence" you refer to. The Olympics can spend 99.999999% of their time celebrating athletic excellence while also briefly acknowledging a significant tragedy that struck down precisely the very people it was designed to celebrate.

      What despicable shallowness to point out that there have been movies made. How is that even relevant? Random film-makers don't automatically substitute for the Olympics committee. What would be MEANINGFUL is if the Olympics itself made a warm gesture. It would actually MEAN SOMETHING coming from the Olympic committee. Just as you nonsensically compared nature and history, now you vapidly equate yet another pair of disparate, unrelated things: a movie and a gesture by the Olympics committee. You're blurting pure drivel.

      Your anti-Jewish, anti-Israel callousness and your unquenchable need to provoke others with it make you odious, as well as a "lying ass" (to use your own phrase) for claiming to be a Zionist.

      If in your hateful heart you truly feel that "a moment of silence or a short mention in the Committee president’s opening remarks" was too much to ask of the same Games that proceeded merrily even after ELEVEN athletes were murdered in cold blood, I say you're a rank antisemite who feigns non-bigotry. If the eleven athletes had been from any other country, you wouldn't object to what has been asked, which is the BRIEFEST of acknowledgements, just barely enough to make the Israelis feel like their athletes matter to the Olympic community and they're not just roaches that can be exterminated unceremoniously.

      If such a TINY thing is asking too much, it's bloody hard not to draw the conclusion that hate is alive and well in the hearts of the refuseniks and those like yourself who take the trouble to come here and spit your bile in Jewish eyes. Such an evil response to such an innocuous request. My oh my, what a world.

    • Touchstone

      The moment Israelis ask for the slightest shred of humanity that would be shown to any other nation (and a brief mention in a speech certainly counts as a tiny little "shred"), the haughty Jew-humbling crusader in you angrily grumbles about how obnoxious Jews are.

      Let me guess: Now you'll change the subject and claim Israel is the one who denies everyone else their shred of humanity.

  • Ghostwriter

    If those like Schlockmotion and Nakba1948 had any sense of decency,they would do pray for the eleven Israeli athletes that were murdered by their beloved Palestinians. They would have done the same thing to the Americans if they had the chance. But they have no decency or shame. They are anti-Jewish vermin who can't get enough of their hate.

  • Valery

    Israeli athlets! When you care you flag – stop for a moment and keep a scielence.Let those who is afraid of Islam know that you are not afraid. People will support you. And who dont – do not have soul.

  • UCSPanther

    At least Mossad got the scum who committed the murders. Too bad they didn't waste the mastermind when they had the chance.


    The only "sport" paleswine could win a gold medal in are:

    – suicide bombing
    – assassinations
    – honor killing
    – beheading
    – plane hijacking
    – female genital mutilation
    – hanging homosexuals
    – poison gassing

    Happy Eternal Nakba "Pal-e-SWINE"!

  • Matt

    They are all crawlers, we know this. It is fine. They don't care about us, they care about themselves.

  • Martha

    I'm neither Jewish, nor Muslim. I know no Palestinians or Israelis. I do not condone violence of any type. I do not condone degradation. We are all Humans. The death of the Israeli Olympians is a tragedy. Reading the comments here sours the reflection on the lives of those who died. These comments are so hateful.. I struggle to understand why a group that was so persecuted by Hitler would turn around and persecute another group in a similar manner. Why does the Israeli government issue animal transport papers as passports to the Palestinians? Why are Jews allowed to kill Palestinans in Isreal…and walk free, while the minor mischevious acts of Palestinian teens land them in prison for several years? The world is watching. We want to continue to be sympathetic to Israel's need for it's own land. But, frankly, my tax dollars have better things to do than to support terrorism of ANY kind…and that includes Israeli terrorism of Palestinians.