The Olympic Spirit of Appeasement

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Recently it was announced that Great Britain’s secretary of state for culture, media and sport, Jeremy Hunt, will not join the international campaign for a moment of silence for the 11 Israeli athletes murdered at the 1972 Munich Olympic Games.

There have been calls for a moment of silence from around the world. More than fifty members of the British Parliament have signed a motion. The effort is backed by the German Bundestag, about 100 Australian members of Parliament including the Prime Minister and the opposition leader, the Canadian Parliament and the US Senate both unanimously passed resolutions calling for a moment of silence.

The International Olympic Committee has dropped the ball by its decision not to hold a moment of silence at the Olympic Games.

It’s about much more than a moment of silence. It should be obvious that the murder of Israeli athletes at the 1972 Munich Olympics, at an event that is suppose to represent global competition in the spirit of sporting events, must never be forgotten.

Ankie Spitzer, the widow of murdered fencer Andrei Spitzer, had been reluctant to level any accusations against the IOC, but following its most recent refusals to grant a moment of silence, she has leveled the charge of discrimination. She noted that two years ago at the Vancouver Winter Olympics, luge track slider Nodar Kumaritashvili died in a training accident and that there was a moment of silence at the opening of the Olympic Games, as well as speeches and condolences sent. “What’s the problem?” she asked the London Jewish Chronicle. “Is it because the Munich athletes were Israelis and Jews? I can only come to that conclusion.” Ms. Spitzer also stated that for many years the IOC has told her that the Arab nations would object to a memorial event.

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  • Ilya Meyer

    An excellent – and sad – article. One sentence at the very end captures it all: “At the Olympic Games there is fear of offending the very perpetrators of hate.” Appeasement is a social malaise often known by its other name – Political Correctness.

    On its official Olympic Games website, Britain’s publicly funded BBC lists “East Jerusalem” as the “Capital City of Palestine”, but gives no city at all as the capital of Israel. That’s political correctness gone mad.

    The West does indeed fear offending the perpetrators of hate, while defaming the victims of hate. Yesterday’s bombing of Israeli tourists in Bulgaria puts this into sharp focus. The politically correct West is merely deferring the date of its own demise.

    • akreynin

      Recently, per demands of the Israeli government, BBC made some changes to its list. For Israel, it now states that its seat of government is "Jerusalem, but most of the embassies are in Tel Aviv." As for Palestine, it states that its intended seat of government is "East Jerusalem, but the current capital is in Ramallah." Also, it acknowledges that while Palestine is recognized by the IOC, it is not an officially recognized state. This certainly is progress. Hopefully, in the future, the BBC will take a further step and will last Jerusalem as merely an Israeli capital and Ramallah as the Palestinian capital. Let's hope that this will happen.

  • annem040359

    Not surprised, as the saying goes "money talks" and it has to be remembered that Arab oil money "talks". So expect even the London 2012 summer olympics to "cave."

    • akreynin

      It's certainly hard to make a choice between the voice of fairness and the voice of oil.

  • Schlomotion

    Mr. Domnitch's article is a simply schoolyard taunt. The Olympic Committee is a weakling because it won't stand up to Muslims. What is this? Fourth grade? The amusing terminology in the article though is when the author refers to Diaspora Jews as an "international campaign" and denudes it of its Israeli PR identifier, trying to make it look like it's everybody in the world. The other laughably ridiculous phrase is "The unwillingness to pay homage to the victims." Mr. Domnitch wants the Olympic Committee to kiss the Israeli Blutfahne.

    Mr. Domnitch has a very tiny Wikipedia page under some kind of special obligation by Yeshiva seminary students to bomb Wikipedia with no fewer than six entries on obscure Jews.

    • Ghostwriter

      Well,why don't you go back to school,Schlobrain? You make yourself sound stupid with every anti-semitic post you put up here. And while you're at it,why don't you get a heart? It's obvious you don't have one.

    • akreynin

      You, Schlomotion, are a jerk and an antisemite.

  • BarbaraJoanne

    Many thanks to the author for this. It is truly depressing to know that, once again, the request for a moment of silence has been denied. These were the only sportsmen to ever be murdered at the Olympics. Surely it is more than time enough to honour them and also to recall, and I'd do it every Olympics, a dark day in the history of the games as well as in the history of man.

  • Poupic

    Everybody has it wrong on the subject. Consider first the UN. The biggest block of votes at the UN is the Arab states and Islamic state while there is only one Jewish state, Israel, a tiny speck on the world Map on the edge of the continent size Arab and Muslim states. The IOC is exactly in the same situation. Add to this that this time the games are in London, a capital not particularly friendly to either the Jews in general or the Jewish state and Israel in particular. It is no surprise to me that the IOC refuse to do the moral thing and hold a minute of silence for the Israeli athletes slaughtered in the 1972 Olympics in Munich. Israeli athletes should walk in with lowered flags adorn with black ribbons reminding us of the horror committed at the games and not acknowledged appropriately by the IOC. They should walk in place and not move forward for exactly one minute forcing this one minute owed to the dead Israeli athletes killed at the Olympics. If it was any other country's athletes that had been slaughtered already the next year there would have been a minute of silence and more. Jewish athletes and Israeli at that is too much to acknowledge by the IOC controlled by the majority of it's Arab/ Muslim membership.

  • David, Thailand

    The IOC should be open and honest, by changing its acronym to OIC.