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Jewish Blood Is Cheap

The real reason the Olympic Committee refuses to commemorate the Israeli athletes murdered in Munich

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Members of the Israeli team at the Munich Olympic stadium Sept. 6, 1972, for the memorial ceremony honoring their countrymen who were killed by Palestinian terrorists. (AFP/Getty Images)

For the past few months there has been a concerted effort to get the International Olympic Committee to set aside one minute of silence at the opening ceremony at this year’s games to commemorate the Israeli athletes who were murdered—not killed, murdered—at the Munich games in 1972.

The games, held this year in London, are 17 days long. That’s 24,480 minutes. Despite the fact that petitioners were asking for only one of those minutes, it is now fairly evident that their efforts have failed. Before speculating on why the IOC has been so steadfast in its refusal, it is worthwhile to reflect on what precisely happened in Munich 40 years ago.

When the Olympics returned to Germany in 1972, the German government was intent that nothing about them evoke the memory of the 1936 Berlin games, held under the heavy hand of Nazi militarism. The Germans wanted these to be “the Happy Games.” Security would not be in evidence: Athletes freely climbed over the chain link fence surrounding the Olympic Village when they forgot their identification badges. Everything had to be relaxed. Germany had a new face to show the world.

That all changed on the morning of Sept. 5, when Palestinian terrorists from Fatah’s Black September organization scaled the fence around the Olympic Village. Armed with machine guns and grenades, they immediately killed two Israeli athletes and took nine others hostage. They demanded that Israel release 234 Palestinian prisoners and Germany release the two founding members of the Baader-Meinhof Gang.

When the release did not materialize by the late afternoon, the terrorists demanded a plane to take them to Egypt. German officials agreed but planned an ambush at the airport. The ambush was completely botched: A team of German police assigned to entrap the terrorists walked off the job as the terrorists were on their way to the airport. There were more terrorists than German snipers—and the snipers could not communicate with each other or with the officials in charge. Armored cars, which were ordered for backup, got caught in an hour-long traffic jam around the airport.

A gun battle erupted between the German forces and the terrorists on the tarmac, and the athletes, whom the captors had bound one to another in the helicopters that had brought them to the airport, were caught in the middle. When the terrorists realized that they could not escape, they shot the hostages and then threw a grenade into the helicopters to ensure that they were dead.

Competition at the games had continued until mid-afternoon that Tuesday. Only after a barrage of criticism did IOC President Avery Brundage suspend activities. Brundage, who served as president of American Olympic Committee in the 1930s, had been a great admirer of Hitler and, as late as 1971, had insisted that the Berlin games were one of the best ever. In 1936, when some Americans tried to organize a boycott of the games, Brundage fought the effort vigorously until he decided to use it as a fundraising tool. He assumed that Jews who were embarrassed by the threat of a boycott would give to the AOC and help decrease anti-Semitism in the United States. Brundage’s plan apparently came to naught.

At the Munich memorial service, held on Wednesday, Sept. 6, the day after the massacre, Brundage defiantly declared: “The games must go on.” His cry was met with cheers by the crowd. (Red Smith of the New York Times described it as more pep rally than memorial.) The games did go on, but the Los Angeles Times reporter Jim Murray described it as “like having a dance at Dachau.”

In the years since, the families of the victims have repeatedly told the IOC that all they want is a chance to mark the murder of athletes who had traveled to the games to do precisely what athletes do: compete at their very best. These victims deserved to be remembered by the very organization that had brought them to Munich.

Why the IOC refusal? The Olympic Committee’s official explanation is that the games are apolitical. The families were repeatedly told by long-time IOC President Juan Samaranch that the Olympic movement avoided political issues. He seemed to have forgotten that at the 1996 opening ceremony he spoke about the Bosnian war. Politics were also present at the 2002 games, which opened with a minute of silence for the victims of 9/11.

The families have also been told that a commemoration of this sort was inappropriate at the opening of such a celebratory event. However, the IOC has memorialized other athletes who died “in the line of duty.” At the 2010 winter games, for example, there was a moment of silence to commemorate an athlete who died in a training accident.

The IOC’s explanation is nothing more than a pathetic excuse. The athletes who were murdered were from Israel and were Jews—that is why they aren’t being remembered. The only conclusion one can draw is that Jewish blood is cheap, too cheap to risk upsetting a bloc of Arab nations and other countries that oppose Israel and its policies.

I have long inveighed against the tendency of some Jews to see anti-Semitism behind every action that is critical of Israel or of Jews. In recent years some Jews have been inclined to hurl accusations of anti-Semitism even when they are entirely inappropriate. By repeatedly crying out, they risk making others stop listening—especially when the cry is true.

Here the charge is absolutely accurate. This was the greatest tragedy to ever occur during the Olympic Games. Yet the IOC has made it quite clear that these victims are not worth 60 seconds. Imagine for a moment that these athletes had been from the United States, Canada, Australia, or even Germany. No one would think twice about commemorating them. But these athletes came from a country and a people who somehow deserve to be victims. Their lost lives are apparently not worth a minute.

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“The athletes who were murdered were from Israel and were Jews—that is why they aren’t being remembered. ”

How true. Thanks for posting this article, Professor Lipstadt.

Yup. It wasn’t fun to say or to write. But i have no doubt it is true.

Horrific exclusion, and one that I have never forgotten.

William Levy says:

No remembrance can be had, as it would insult the mulsims.
You know those peace loving people who are increasingly blowing up churches and murdering priests and nuns!
Remember that Mohammed is the most popular birth name in England.
In 1 more generation the Christian brits will have to silence their church bells as it will offend Muslims in London.
Never intervene when your enemies are killing each other off.

Deborah: You are spot on. Anti-Semitism is alive and well in the politics of international sport.

Donna Halper says:

And sadly, with the ongoing barrage of anti-Israel articles on numerous “respectable” websites and anti-Israel comments to those articles it becomes less and less likely that we will see popular support to ending this shameful policy. I understand (sort of) the need for showing respect for the sensibilities of Arab nations. But what about showing some respect for Israelis and Jews world-wide? The Olympics has a tragic history of allowing anti-Jewish prejudice: In addition to what Dr. Lipstadt mentioned, American Jewish athlete Marty Glickman was excluded from the games in 1936, if I recall correctly. And in 2012, it’s disappointing that the Olympic executives cannot find the time to say that what happened to the Israeli athletes was a tragedy– perhaps they think it wasn’t?

wildjew says:

Professor Lipstadt, maybe you can appeal to Governor Romney to put in a good word for a minute of silence (over these murders) in light of his Salt Lake’s Olympic Organizing effort. Romney must have some connections there and might it not help his outreach to American Jews?

41953 says:

Excellent article, but there is no mention of the aftermath. Israel went on a rampage of revenge killings.

dshap says:

Damn right. If Israel did not seek, demand and implement justice, then who would? My only regret is that they did not take out mahmoud abbas, the financier of the terrorists of the Munich murders.

dshap says:

Respect for the sensibilities of arab nations? Really? So it is more important to show respect for the sensibilities of supporters of murderous terrorists than for their victims… I am now thoroughly convinced, Israel MUST take any and all action she deems necessary to protect Jews both in the homeland and anywhere in the world deemed necessary as there is just no one else willing to do so. After all, the arabs may be offended.

Mr Mel says:

If any of us are solicited to financially support the Olympics now or in the future, we should return the donation form or reply to the eMail with our reasons.

gwhepner says:

NOT
MERITING ONE MINUTE’S SILENCE

Israeli athletes
murdered in Olympic Games

apparently don’t
merit one minute’s silence;

the silence that
surrounds this outrage shames

a world that
that thinks that sport excuses violence.

Jewish blood has
been cheap through the ages.

Jews who don’t
this great disgrace soft-pedal,

by moving on and
turning bloody pages

should not
expect a consolation medal.

gwhepner@yahoo.com

Richard Braun says:

It is impossible to erase the memory the memory of the scene at the airport and the bungled rescue effort. It is impossible to forget that the Games went on. It is impossible to forget that the grip that Islam has on our planet is one of the principal deterrents to peace, and that is the real reason that there will be no recognition of the terrible massacre that took place in Munich. It is good that Professor Lipstadt takes up the Olympic Torch so that we don’t forget.

MarieHolley says:

I feel such shame for the world at large for its attitude towards the “Apple of God’s Eye!”. how stupid can one get? God tells us up front, loud and clear, that He will bless those who bless Israel and curse those who curse Israel.

It may not be anti-Semitism. (Avery Brundage is gone.) It may be that the IOC is afraid to create something that will attract a terrorist attack. The best resolution would be an unannounced moment of silence and reading of the names of the Israeli dead at the opening ceremony.

Inna Natanel says:

If I were on the Israeli Olympic team this year, I would make OUR OWN minute of silence, in the middle of the opening ceremonies. Stand up with our heads held high and take a minute to remember our brothers and sisters. The other teams may or may not follow, but it will be a clear message that we remember our own victims, even if the rest of the world chooses to forget.

41953 says:

Dear Dr. Lipstadt,
What do you make of Israel’s response? Overkill, perhaps?

Inna Natanel says:

If I were on the Israeli Olympic team this year, I would make OUR OWN
minute of silence, in the middle of the opening ceremonies. Stand up
with our heads held high and take a minute to remember our brothers and
sisters. The other teams may or may not follow, but it will be a clear
message that we remember our own victims, even if the rest of the world
chooses to forget

41953 says:

There is the rub. You sanction vigilante justice. You know, of course, that Israel killed the innocent along with the guilty.
Bennett

The IOC may claim ( disingenuously given 1996, 2002 and 2010 “Minute of Silence” ) that the “games must go on” but what is the NBC excuse? Why has no one DEMANDED that the network — which is making money from advertising off the Games and is riding on the shoulders of their pronouncements — put on its Global Coverage screen the names and pictures of the athletes murdered in 1972. If we can’t move the IOC , maybe NBC is more conscious of its own audience. There is still time !

Aaron says:

I doubt that it’s anti-Semitism today, even if it was in 1972. It’s probably just the desire to avoid controversy. If I were on the Olympic committee, I wouldn’t allow the minute of silence either. Try to keep politics out as much as possible. The other “minutes of silence” were a mistake, and that doesn’t justify another mistake.

The committee should have stopped the games in 1972. That does not mean they should commemorate what happened forty years later.

Get your facts and language right, Bennett, before you smear Israel by saying that they killed the innocent along with the guilty. The one innocent, an Arab Muslim waiter in Norway, was the victim of mistaken identity. All the others received the justice they deserved.

Pam Green says:

As I’m sure you know, it isn’t just anti-Israel articles and commentary, although that’s the excuse used by commenters. It is classic anti-Semitism, every day, on mainstream liberal and progressive news sites. Even if the topic of an article has nothing to do with Israel or the Palestinians, commenters inject gratuitous slurs against Jews, Zionists, Israelis and everyone who supports them, and such comments are never blocked or flagged.

An inspired and inspiring suggestion.

I’ve suggested to a few friends that an option is to add the athletes to their synagogue yarzheit list. IOC aside, it is up to us to remember our people and recognize their lives with or without the international community.

Stannis says:

As the article already indicates, if Israel does not make justice for itself, nobody will care.

Stannis says:

The Palestinians killed innocents exclusively.

Excellent idea. RIght smack in the middle of the opening ceremonies just stand still.

RDSalzman

Althelion says:

Excellent editorial, Deborah. However, I’m not surprised by the international apathy towards dead Jews. Especially in Europe, where thousands of soccer fans routinely participate in creating a giant hissing sound to simulate a gas chamber. The Arab nations are offended by the acknowledgement of Israel’s very existence.

I agree with Inna’s post: When the Israeli team is announced and they’re marching in the stadium, they ought to turn and stop, bow their heads and raise their fists. That will really piss off the IOC. Guess they’ll never let Tel Aviv be a host city.

41953 says:

Assassination squads are not justice.

41953 says:

Sure—and two wrongs make a right.

41953 says:

Not true, but even if it was—sending agents to carry out assassinations in foreign countries is not “justice.”

While I sympathise with your suggestion – shifting the responsibility on to NBC is disengenious in my opinion. Why not McDonalds or Coke then?

TheHolyBeggar says:

What would be excellent in the USA is for one of the official corporate sponsors or the network to do a minute of silence with information about what happened. The news media will unlikely mention it unless they equate the reality of the past with the heightened security and roof-top missile launchers in London. These issues are not coincidental.

RonL says:

Jewish blood is cheap. The 57 countries of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation stopped this. Lipstadt is stuck 7 decades ago,

Moshan says:

We should not let the anti-Semites dictate to us.
Create our own minute of silence and slam the board for their chilliness of Jewish, innocent lives.

If anything should be learned from history then it is not to allow ourselves to be thrown under the bus and wait for the outside saviour. Jews can and should make it on our own, and we should not let anybody stop us from mourning our own either!

Moshan says:

With that logic, Mossad shouldn’t have gone after the Nazis after the war.

Self-hating Jewry is alive and well today.

Jacob Arnon, below said all of he athletes were from Israel. Not completely accurate. One young man, David Berger was from Cleveland, Ohio

Aviel Menter says:

There’s no mention of it because respond to the people who attacked you is standard procedure. If a person attacks your citizens then you are not only expected to but morally obligated to ensure it doesn’t happen again. Dealing with the terrorist group responsible is an acceptable way to achieve that.

shiri says:

I understand why these athletes should be recognized. But how is this anti-Semitic? The author just makes a blanket statement about how the Olympic committee doesn’t want to upset the Arab nations. But where is this statement coming from?

41953 says:

Assassinations are not justice. What happened to due process of law? Respecting the sovereignty of other nations? Requesting other nations to make the arrests etc. Even Eichmann was given a trial.
Do you (not just Mr. Menter) believe in justice or revenge? In shooting first and asking questions later? In killing the innocent along with the guilty?.
For shame!

And on a practical level, these assassinations did nothing to discourage further acts of terrorism. In fact they may have provoked them.

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I AGREE….IF NOT GRANTED, DO IT ANYWAY ! HOW GREAT THAT WOULD BE ! I GET TEARS…

Nessus Nessus says:

It is a darn shame we didn’t NUKE Germany too.
Nessus

Peter Allen says:

The IOC can remove the ‘political’ aspect of remembering the Israeli
athletes murdered at the Munich Olympic Games, that might ‘offend’ some, by
honouring all athletes who died at the Olympics – and perhaps include
those associated tragedies like the Atlanta Games bombing – with one minute of
silence at each Olympic Opening Ceremony …..

Just like Australia’s Anzac Day and Remembrance Day honour those from all past
conflicts, we should remember those who died tragically at all past Summer and
Winter Olympic Games – currently about 20 people.

see: http://www.topendsports.com/events/summer/deaths.htm

and: http://www.topendsports.com/events/winter/deaths.htm

That way, no partisan or special interest group can complain.

Peter

Perhaps the Israeli athletes should march VERY slowly for one minute during the opening ceremony parade of nations. No waving at the crowd and carrying a flag at half staff. I’m not sure it’s a good idea in the real world, but it’s worth thinking about.

brian2907 says:

I believe it’s more moral cowardice than actual anti-Semitism. If the commemoration of the Israeli athletes would not be opposed they would do it. However I’ve no doubt that the many Islamic nations have made it crystal clear that any memorial service would result in their boycotting the games. If it’s a choice between upsetting them or a few pesky Jews, there’s no contest!

So, the US was wrong to send out a team to kill Bin Laden, according to you.

There are situations were justice can only be administered under stressful conditions, that doesn’t make it wrong.

4195, are you a pacifist? You certainly are content to be passive in the face of murderous injustice.

mhloutsidebeltway says:

Since Lipstadt is a declared Obumite, maybe she should instead put in a word with Hussein, who after all is still President. Not surprisingly, he hasn’t said a word in support of the Israeli request for a moment of silence. If there is one guy who is afraid of offending the Muslims, it is Hussein.

Larrysturn says:

I was young 40 years ago but remember what happened like it was yesterday. A minute for 11 murdered Olympic athletes seems eminently reasonable. I hope 100,000 signatures will open the hearts and minds of a few IOC officials.

Professor Lipstadt you inspired me as my teacher at the Nachum Goldman Fellowship, you inspired me with your courage against David Irving, and you continue to inspire me with this article. Toda Rabah!
The IOC is spineless and immoral. Another lesson in how hatred destroys humanity.
But, we Jews do not need permission from others to REMEMBER AND NEVER FORGET.
I would ask people who are on facebook to join Barry Shaw’s courageous efforts by joining his “Encourage the Israeli Olympic Committee” Group. He has been working tirelessly to get Shuls, Temples, Churches and all Peoples of Conscience to hold a Yizkor Service, a Prayer of Remembrance for the Munich Martyrs on Saturday, 28 July 2012.
The Chief Rabbi of the UK has endorsed this. South African Jewish Day Schools are endorsing this incredible initiative. http://www.myshtetl.co.za Thousands of individuals are devoting one minute to spread the word and ensure we remember and honour the Munich Martyrs Z’L.
If you don’t attend services, do havdalah after Shabbat and read out the names of the Munich Martyrs.
It will take you ONE MINUTE to organise a Yizkor service, Special Assembly in School or Prayer Service in your place of worship. PLEASE, take a minute to remember and honour our Martyrs Z’L

Assassinations are not justice? Did you read that in a book somewhere? Of COURSE assassinations are justice. They are just not textbook open trial, divulge all the details, hire a lot of lawyers, public process – nor is that the only way that justice can be served. There are all kinds of justice. This was an expedited and direct penalization of a heinous act. That makes this the ultimate form of justice. You would have Israel petition countries to extradite the terrorists? You have to be kidding. They can’t even get a minute of silence for the victims Jews. European countries pretended to cooperate with Israel in the capture and incarceration of other terrorists, then quietly freed those terrorists rather than face possible reprisals from the terrorist groups they would have offended if they hadn’t quickly released those killers. There is zero likelihood that Israel could possibly have extradited those murderers, and to think otherwise is to ignore the history of Europeans and their submission to terrorist demands.

Don’t forget it was IOC President Avery Brundage who pulled 2 American Jews from the 400 m relay in 1936 lest the Nazis be offended. (Jesse Owens, who wasn’t supposed to run in the race, filled in for one of them.) The spirit of Brundage still lives.

Sheldon Dan says:

Deborah, I am reluctant to use the anti-Semitic description indiscriminately, but when it’s clearly anti-Semitic, we should say it loud and clear.

Sheldon Dan says:

Deborah, I am reluctant to use the anti-Semitic description indiscriminately, but when it’s clearly anti-Semitic, we should say it loud and clear.

Bonnie Prince Charlie says:

Many of us here in London are appalled at the refusal of the IOC to hold a minute’s silence to commemorate the victims of the Munch massacre, so much so that some people are organising a gathering of family, friends and colleagues in nthe cetre of London to mark the event.

This is not a political rally nor a pro-Israel demonstration. It is simply a
gathering of people to honour the victims of the Munich massacre, to make the
kind of public statement that the IOC should be making in the opening ceremony
for the Games but which it refuses to do apparently because of pressure from
Arab states.

I understand that this informal event will be non-confrontational and non-contraversial. No flags. No banners. No shouting slogans. No
singing. No speakers. Just a dignified gathering of people (lots of them, I
hope) in a public place (Trafalgar Square) who wish to come together to remember
the victims of this massacre – the only occasion in the whole history of the
Olympic movement where athletes have been murdered by terrorists – in
time-honoured fashion by holding a communal minute of silence followed by a
communal recitation of Kaddish (initiated by one voice with everyone
else joining in) and singing of Hatikvah (initiated by one voice with everyone
else joining in). From the moment Big Ben strikes, the whole thing should take
about 5 minutes.

This informal gathering is not
sponsored or promoted by any communal body (although those who launched this initiative are hoping that every group
and individual will come along and will encourage others to do so). They were inspired by the ZF’s attempt to mark the
occasion by organising an internet service and ‘virtual’ minute of silence but
felt that this lacked the human interaction which adds meaning – a bit
like davening on your own instead of with a minyan. And it was felt that it lacked
discipline: if you’re on your own, it’s all too easy to become distracted and
forget to tune in at the correct time no matter how many reminders you might
receive. So they decided to invite
friends and colleagues to meet in Trafalgar Square on Friday 27th July around
10.45am BST and join with me in holding a one-minute silence as Big Ben strikes
11.00. And they asked these friends and colleagues to invite their friends and
colleagues to participate and to spread the word ad
infinitum.

I’m told the campaign was launched yesterday
(Tuesday 17th) and has been well-received. By midnight last night, apparently some 50 people had said that they would come / would try to come / would spread the word and encourage others to come. It’s not a lot but it’s a start.

So on Friday 27th July I will be in
Trafalgar Square and I’m inviting you and others to come and join me. If I’m on
my own, I’ll observe the silence and mumble Kaddish under my breath. If there’s
a small crowd, we might mumble Kaddish together. If there’s a large crowd that
will give all of us the confidence (which I lack as an individual) to say
Kaddish out loud and sing Hatikvah.

This is a once-in-a-lifetime
opportunity. Please don’t miss it.

To have your name added to the emailing list, contact Clive Hyman via bicpac@britishisrael.org

41953 says:

“Of course assassinations are justice.” Where is your moral compass?

The ends do not justify the means and assassinations are gangster tactics. Without some kind of trial, how do you distinguish the guilty from the innocent?
The Mossad’s word is not good enough. Why should it be the judge, jury and executioner?

Regarding deaths at the Olympics see…
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Olympic_deaths

I’ll take the word of the Palestinian organizations that have lionized these murderers as martyrs.

Israel should not have particpated in the Olympics after Munich.

David Govett says:

The IOC’s goal: a Judenrein Olympics

docnoir says:

Good idea-how many other Olympians do you think would actually sign on? The issue also plays out in academe, disgustingly in boycotting Jewish scholars.

docnoir says:

You have a point. I have been totally disgusted and turned off by the anti-Semitic actions of academics world wide regarding conferences and Jewish scholars. The rising tide does not bode well. In Holland the muslims are threatening their political system, In France they are getting bolder every day in attacking Jews and anyone else who doesn’t agree with them and their “peaceloving law” that kills women and terrorizes anyone who dares to be different, Christian, Jew, feminist etc.

cdbenj says:

They should read Genesis 3:1-3 to get the message and then only will they realise why the turmoil the world is in.

Pam Green says:

Can you elaborate on the boycott of Jewish scholars in academia? I hadn’t heard of that. Thank you.

Pam Green says:

Why not indeed? McDonalds and Coke and other sponsors should be enlisted in this fight, or at least be made aware of how many people feel strongly about this. Can’t we circulate a petition?

Lilu Mish says:

The IOC is full of …
If they, indeed, are an apolitical organization, they should also be areligious, and they are not, they have made provisions and allowances for Muslim women to wear special clothing. So what does it mean; simple: they are pro Muslim and against Jews.

That stinks like rotten eggs and sour milk. Shame on the IOC.

Since some of us are talking about the “justice” of Israel’s killing the Munich terrorists, Norm Geras’ take (normblog.typepad.com) on the killing of Osama bin Laden may be a useful parallel: “That killing Bin Laden was part of no judicial process is pretty obvious, of course, so this wasn’t an act of legal justice in which the world’s most famous terrorist received due process. It seems equally obvious, however, that he was killed as an enemy in war – the war in question being the war on terror – and that since he was a major enemy protagonist, the Obama administration didn’t believe he was owed due process.
“At the same time, President Obama is right in saying that justice has been done. Bin Laden was a prime architect of mass murder and his being dispatched in the way he was has been greeted by people all over the world today as a just act – a just act in a broader moral sense. The puzzle to me is provided by those whose minds are closed to this other side of things.”
Plenty close enough for me.

jon krauss says:

How ironic that the international communty ignores such an event. This same community does not even realize that the fist they show to G_d defiance on the opening night of the 9th of Av july 27th 2012. May the hands folded in prayer be answered against such an extereme difference between the fist of the international community and the prayers in Israel. G_d bless and protect her.

The IOC’s refusal on this issue is an indictment of its own lack of principles and sense of world ‘corporate’ inclusion. It stinks!!

AMEN to that!!

pesta1958 says:

I remember those hours and minutes just they happened yesterday. I was at a boarding school in Feldafing by Starnberger See (lake Sternberg) just 24 Kilometers outside Munich, and I was planning to attend all of the competitions at the (Olympic stadt) Olympic village. At 7:22 AM Sept 1972 my mother called the school headmaster and asked her to send me the Swiss border ASAP. There are no direct trains from Feldafing to any Swiss city unless you go to Munch hauptbahnhof (Main Railroad satiation) and no airport close by either unless you drive to another city. My mother called again at 8:10 AM inquiring if I had packed and ready to leave immediately, only to wonder what the heck happened!!!
I was driven to Basel Switzerland where I met my grandfather and his friends waiting for me. I was told they happy to see me and I need to forget about going to school for awhile. When we got back to Geneva, I heard the horrible news that was so close to where I was living and, I was planning to attend every of these games. I left me with unbelievable shakeup and also made me more aware of the hatred that plagued so many for no reason at all, it gave new understanding why we need to resist evil men whenever, and wherever they are, it left me with the notion that we Jews had enough of being slaughtered and we ought to stand up and fight back. It made me ask for respect no sympathy, it made me realize that the world will only respect and honor the strong not the weak. And that is why I strongly support Israel to be the most powerful nation on the planet earth.

Umish Katani says:

totally agree, put the pressure on NBC, to force the issuewith the IOC

I agree 100 percent that international sports organizations should keep politics out — i.e., where was the general outrage when UAR recently denied access to an Israeli professional tennis player.
The fact is however that the Munich deaths occurred at the Olympics and should therefore be recognized. That is not politics but rather a recognition of their own past.

Isreal IS the most powerful nation on earth, you are God’s chosen.

John Daniels says:

Throughout history the Jewish people have been persecuted simply for who they are. Every nation on the face of the earth has played a part in denying basic human rights to this noble people. Though the Olympic committee may not allow a moment of silence, those of us who are proud to stand with Israel pray for them daily. May God bless and protect Israel.

America is the most powerful nation. Also, God does not favor us more than any other people, we were just chosen to spread his laws.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=my_4cT3aQAY Hey, guys, so we’re a student group at CUA… we aren’t political, but we are fighting for a minute of silence in solidarity with the victims of the violence and terror throughout the world, no matter who they are, and we’ve been pushing for this initiative a great deal, and trying to educate and raise awareness. We can’t forget history. Please view if you’re interested.

Actually today I read that NBC plans to put in their own moment of silence for the Munich victims during the broadcast, and host Bob Costas intends to note that the IOC declined to do it on their own.

One of them was actually a veteran of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising… what a cruel and tragic twist of fate

Several of the athletes were born in other countries, including David Berger of the US. But they were all, at that point in their lives, Israelis on Israel’s team.

You’re wrong, he did in fact speak out in support of the moment of silence.

Spot on editorial. Classic anti-Semitism.
“Imagine for a moment that these athletes had been from the United States, Canada, Australia, or even Germany. No one would think twice about commemorating them.”

baltasar almudárriz says:

Anyone who thinks they are chosen by Higher Authority needs to have their head examined.

Simon666 says:

“He seemed to have forgotten that at the 1996 opening ceremony he spoke about the Bosnian war”

Bwahahahaha… Deborah Lipstadt, jewish “historian” about the Holocaust. Some historian. The Bosnian war ended in 1995. The speech was at the opening ceremony of the WINTER Olympics in 1994 in Norway. Quick Google search could have told her that.

“Politics were also present at the 2002 games, which opened with a minute of silence for the victims of 9/11.”

There was NO minute of silence, just a few seconds the audience was quiet when a US flag recovered from the rubble was carried in. Again this happened at the WINTER Olympics. Those are the ugly cousin of the Summer Olympics, but somewhat prettier than the Paralympics. Find me something about the summer Olympics Deborah.

Makes you wonder about the history in her Holo Hoax books. TRY AND GET YOUR FACTS STRAIGHT!

Simon666 says:

There were no minutes of silence in any of those years. And “historian” Deborah was wrong about 1996. But keep buying her holo hoax books.

mhloutsidebeltway says:

Only later; not at the time I wrote.

perverse says:

Juan Antonio Samaranch, president of the IOC, at the Opening Ceremony of the 1994 Olympic Games – February 12, 1994

“Ten
years ago, we were in Sarajevo for the Olympic Games. A city then
dedicated to sport, understanding, friendship and peace. Sarajevo, whose
people for over two years have suffered so much. I invite everyone not
only all of you here in the stadium, but everywhere around the world,
maybe even in your own homes, to stand up for a moment’s silence in
memory of Sarajevo. Thank you. Our message is stronger than ever. Please
stop the fighting. Stop the killing. Drop your guns.”

So she made an error on the date. The concept is still the same.

Simon666 says:

“So she made an error on the date”

Two words for you: history professor

Simon666 says:

It is also not her only error:

“Politics were also present at the 2002 games, which opened with a minute of silence for the victims of 9/11.”

There was NO minute of silence, just a few seconds the audience was
spontaneously quiet when a US flag recovered from the rubble was carried in.

JamesGarbarzewich says:

Naive naive naive naive

JamesGarbarzewich says:

The Islamists stink. The Arabs stink. The Iranians stink. We were indeed chosen by higher authority. Just like kosher salami. Hebrew National answers to a higher authority. Balthazar go and look for Gaspar. And never forget that Jesus was a Jewish carpenter, comprene es hijo de puta.

baltasar almudárriz says:

You guys need to stop obsessing over yourselves—the world does not revolve around you – or anybody else.

baltasar almudárriz says:

Are you a male JAP?

JamesGarbarzewich says:

I am the one that fucks your mother.

JamesGarbarzewich says:

I am the one that says Mohamed is a pig, and his followers piglets. And I continue fucking your mother.

JamesGarbarzewich says:

Yes they are. Justice is completed when you execute Arab terrorists and the Iranian terrorists.

41953 says:

How do you know who was guilty? Assassination squads are gangster tactics.

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David Sarna says:

If is nice to see Prof. Lipstadt stand up and tell the truth. Would that the New York Times would speak out with one tenth her elegance.

baltasar almudárriz says:

I will let Gaspar know you asked about him – as soon as he stops sodomizing your fatha and defecating on your grandfatha’s grave/ashtray.

baltasar almudárriz says:

Pay no attention to the Garbage-wicz.

They are, know what you are talking about before casting stones.

Excellent post, Brundage was an anathema to the olympic concept. Egalitarian, hell no, just another well paid fat asses bigot!

There is no linkage between 12 coaches and athletes and the Government and policies of the State of Isreal. That is a very nuanced way of demonstrating your true bigotry!

The State of Israel’s basic governing creed is the Law of Return. They are the lifeboat of World Jewry. If another horrible monster were to appear and threaten the world’s Jews, only one nation will welcome them with open arms. Let us not forget the Vietnamese Boat Peoples, the Ethiopian Falashas, and Russians who may or may not have been Jews.
Because Berger was a Jew, he is automatically welcome as a citizen of the State of Israel.

Romney’s visit to Israel in a few days, says more about his support than anything. Remember that not only has Obama been to the “Friendly Arab” states, but he has refused to visit Israel. Don’t forget the cold shoulder he gave the Prime Minister of Israel when he visited the U.S. in a good faith effort to get the administration to help the peace process.
Everyone forgets that President Clinton, on two occasions got Prime Minister Rabin and Arafart to sign a treaty creating a Palestinian State, with East Jerusalem as it’s capital. Arafart turned his back on his signature, because he never wanted peace, he wanted to push the Jews into the sea! That is the same position as Obama.

wildjew says:

Why then do the vast majority of American Jews continue to support Obama, including Professor Lipstadt? Surely the historian is aware of Obama’s hostility toward Israel and Israel’s Jews.

Larry Kaplan says:

The position of the IOC is not only pathetic as Deborah states it is also hypocritical, to say the least. Everything about the games is political, including the venue decision.
It seems the Olympic Games have become less about the competition and more about marketing & security (AKA preventing Islamic Terrorism). Maybe it is time to drop the entire facade? The world does not need another bloated bureaucracy. Let members of the IOC go out and get a real job. There are enough athletic events throughout the world to determine who is the best and the NBA season is long enough.

JamesGarbarzewich says:

I continue fucking your mother and she enjoys all of it and more. It is clear you should have been aborted. You are a coward .piece of camels manure. I keep coming in the mouth of your mother. She loves it.

JamesGarbarzewich says:

I fuck your sister for variety. You are a vermin and a coward.

I am a Christian and embarrassed that the IOC has chosen not to honor the fallen Israeli athletes. I was in Vietnam at the time of the games and the murders. We were all saddened. But we were equally shocked by both the cowardice of the terrorists as they kidnapped unarmed civilian athletes and the shameful way in which the Germans failed to protect those athletes. It was not lost on those of us in Vietnam that we weren’t sure what we were fighting for, but we knew without doubt that someone should have been fighting to protect the athletes. Now, four decades after this moment of shame, the IOC embarrasses itself again. Has nothing changed? I can only hope that all athletes do stop for a moment of silence and boycott any sponsor of the games. And, of course, pray for a stirring of the soul for those who have yet to sell theirs.

The IOC, like the United Nations in its own way, is the kind of organization it is and perhaps always was. Neither Israel nor the Jewish people needs any acknowledgement from it of what happened at Munich. What, considering the source, would the meaning of such an acknowledgment be? That one somehow could be extracted, perhaps. But that would be a political act, not a moral one, and, again, who needs or wants that?

baltasar almudárriz says:

You are the only who started the ad hominem attacks – so if you can’t handle it — no kvetching.

It’s people like you who give Jews a bad name.

According to the editor of tablet magazine, and her star writer Anna Breslaw, the people on the olympic team in the picture above were conniving hook nosed kikes who must have done something unsavory to live.

Midlandr says:

Likely true. I have no use for the Olympics much anymore. The atheletic competition by the athletes is the only redeeming quality. The politics really stinks.

Mihai-Robert Soran says:

The headline is as dumb as a Jew can get it and misses all points.
And the claim in the quote is as false as a paranoiac psychopathy could induce in a Jewish mind.

ljhomes says:

And your point is….

1NATURESCORNER1 says:

The Olympic games are APOLITICAL – perhaps the Palestinians should demand the INNOCENT1,400 Palestinians killed by Israel, or, at least, 10,000 INNOCENT Lebanese killed by Israel should be commemorated – what about the Americans MURDERED by Israel in the LaVon affair, the Suez Canal Incident, the King David Hotel Massacre, the Bombing of the US USS Liberty, the Flotilla Massacre, the murder of US peace Activist, Rachael Corrie – not to mention OTHER Holocausts – 14,000,000 American Indians, 35,000,000 Russians, millions of Blacks, Mexicans, and, Asians – why should one Holocaust be MORE important than any other – the games are, APOLITICAL.. Time for PEACE, NOT, trying to start WW III – pushing the victim card, and, attacking Iran, and, her allies, then we, Americans, and, OUR allies get involved fighting a war, Israel wants.The TRUTH must get out.

1NATURESCORNER1 says:

NO – the games are APOLITICAL- The Olympic games are APOLITICAL – perhaps the Palestinians should
demand the INNOCENT1,400 Palestinians killed by Israel, or, at least,
10,000 INNOCENT Lebanese killed by Israel should be commemorated – what
about the Americans MURDERED by Israel in the LaVon affair, the Suez
Canal Incident, the King David Hotel Massacre, the Bombing of the US USS
Liberty, the Flotilla Massacre, the murder of US peace Activist,
Rachael Corrie – not to mention OTHER Holocausts – 14,000,000 American
Indians, 35,000,000 Russians, millions of Blacks, Mexicans, and, Asians -
why should one Holocaust be MORE important than any other – the games
are, APOLITICAL.. Time for PEACE, NOT, trying to start WW III – pushing
the victim card, and, attacking Iran, and, her allies, then we,
Americans, and, OUR allies get involved fighting a war, Israel wants.The
TRUTH must get out.

1NATURESCORNER1 says:

The Olympic games are APOLITICAL – perhaps the Palestinians should
demand the INNOCENT1,400 Palestinians killed by Israel, or, at least,
10,000 INNOCENT Lebanese killed by Israel should be commemorated – what
about the Americans MURDERED by Israel in the LaVon affair, the Suez
Canal Incident, the King David Hotel Massacre, the Bombing of the US USS
Liberty, the Flotilla Massacre, the murder of US peace Activist,
Rachael Corrie – not to mention OTHER Holocausts – 14,000,000 American
Indians, 35,000,000 Russians, millions of Blacks, Mexicans, and, Asians -
why should one Holocaust be MORE important than any other – the games
are, APOLITICAL.. Time for PEACE, NOT, trying to start WW III – pushing
the victim card, and, attacking Iran, and, her allies, then we,
Americans, and, OUR allies get involved fighting a war, Israel wants.The
TRUTH must get out.

1NATURESCORNER1 says:

SK – He HAS visited Israel.

1NATURESCORNER1 says:

GEE – his hostility explains why he approved a 10,000,000 dollar war package for Israel, secretly approved israel expanding, building NEW ILLEGAL settlements, AND vetoes in Israel’s favor, at the UN, the ONLY country to do so.

1NATURESCORNER1 says:

A – The Olympic games are APOLITICAL – perhaps the Palestinians should
demand the INNOCENT1,400 Palestinians killed by Israel, or, at least,
10,000 INNOCENT Lebanese killed by Israel should be commemorated – what
about the Americans MURDERED by Israel in the LaVon affair, the Suez
Canal Incident, the King David Hotel Massacre, the Bombing of the US USS
Liberty, the Flotilla Massacre, the murder of US peace Activist,
Rachael Corrie – not to mention OTHER Holocausts – 14,000,000 American
Indians, 35,000,000 Russians, millions of Blacks, Mexicans, and, Asians -
why should one Holocaust be MORE important than any other – the games
are, APOLITICAL.. Time for PEACE, NOT, trying to start WW III – pushing
the victim card, and, attacking Iran, and, her allies, then we,
Americans, and, OUR allies get involved fighting a war, Israel wants.The
TRUTH must get out.

1NATURESCORNER1 says:

M – The Olympic games are APOLITICAL – perhaps the Palestinians should
demand the INNOCENT1,400 Palestinians killed by Israel, or, at least,
10,000 INNOCENT Lebanese killed by Israel should be commemorated – what
about the Americans MURDERED by Israel in the LaVon affair, the Suez
Canal Incident, the King David Hotel Massacre, the Bombing of the US USS
Liberty, the Flotilla Massacre, the murder of US peace Activist,
Rachael Corrie – not to mention OTHER Holocausts – 14,000,000 American
Indians, 35,000,000 Russians, millions of Blacks, Mexicans, and, Asians -
why should one Holocaust be MORE important than any other – the games
are, APOLITICAL.. Time for PEACE, NOT, trying to start WW III – pushing
the victim card, and, attacking Iran, and, her allies, then we,
Americans, and, OUR allies get involved fighting a war, Israel wants.The
TRUTH must get out.

It has nothing to do with the Holocaust you hate-monger.
It has to do with the fact that these were Olympic athletes who were murdered at the Olympics in 1972.
But nice try smearing mud all over the place.

Oh goody, a cut and paste bigot as well.

Of course the Olympics are apolitical, which is why the US boycott the 1980 Olympics and the Soviets returned the favor in 1984.

1NATURESCORNER1 says:

JG – do you KNOW how Rabbis clean a penis after circumcision – LOL!!!

1NATURESCORNER1 says:

JG – Assassinations are ILLEGAL according to International LAW – Israel has NO EXCEPTIONS.

1NATURESCORNER1 says:

AM – LEGALLY – NOT, vigleante style.

1NATURESCORNER1 says:

RC – of course, ONLY Israel goes against the UN, claiming they are LEGAL.

1NATURESCORNER1 says:

AK – REALLY??? – FACTS – The Olympic games are APOLITICAL – perhaps the Palestinians should
demand the INNOCENT1,400 Palestinians killed by Israel, or, at least,
10,000 INNOCENT Lebanese killed by Israel should be commemorated – what
about the Americans MURDERED by Israel in the LaVon affair, the Suez
Canal Incident, the King David Hotel Massacre, the Bombing of the US USS
Liberty, the Flotilla Massacre, the murder of US peace Activist,
Rachael Corrie – not to mention OTHER Holocausts – 14,000,000 American
Indians, 35,000,000 Russians, millions of Blacks, Mexicans, and, Asians -
why should one Holocaust be MORE important than any other – the games
are, APOLITICAL.. Time for PEACE, NOT, trying to start WW III – pushing
the victim card, and, attacking Iran, and, her allies, then we,
Americans, and, OUR allies get involved fighting a war, Israel wants.The
TRUTH must get out.

1NATURESCORNER1 says:

S – so, tell us what the total innocent Jews Palestinians have killed compared to innocent Arabs Israel has killed – The Olympic games are APOLITICAL – perhaps the Palestinians should
demand the INNOCENT1,400 Palestinians killed by Israel, or, at least,
10,000 INNOCENT Lebanese killed by Israel should be commemorated – what
about the Americans MURDERED by Israel in the LaVon affair, the Suez
Canal Incident, the King David Hotel Massacre, the Bombing of the US USS
Liberty, the Flotilla Massacre, the murder of US peace Activist,
Rachael Corrie – not to mention OTHER Holocausts – 14,000,000 American
Indians, 35,000,000 Russians, millions of Blacks, Mexicans, and, Asians -
why should one Holocaust be MORE important than any other – the games
are, APOLITICAL.. Time for PEACE, NOT, trying to start WW III – pushing
the victim card, and, attacking Iran, and, her allies, then we,
Americans, and, OUR allies get involved fighting a war, Israel wants.The
TRUTH must get out.

1NATURESCORNER1 says:

JB – well then,take a moment to notice Israel’s human rights violations.

1NATURESCORNER1 says:

Typical response, when a PROPAGANDIST can NOT refute the TRUTH – label them a BIGOT of sorts – hoping that deflects the TRUTH .

1NATURESCORNER1 says:

JB – READ the OTHER comments you HATE – monger.

41953 says:

Let me make my position very clear. In my opinion, Israel overreacted to the Munich Olympic massacre. It bombed Palestinian bases and send hit squads out to kill those allegedly involved in the attack. I do not have the slightest doubt that Israel killed many innocent people along with the guilty and that its actions provoked way more terrorism than it deterred.
I cannot understand how people on this list including Lipstadt can defend this conduct. It was unlawful, reckless and provoked more terrorism. Did Great Britain send hit squads to the US to kill Irish Americans who were supporting IRA terrorism against the British in Ireland?

I read the comments nature, and notice that you seem to be the only person who was repeating himself at the top of his lungs – and using cut and paste comments repeatedly.
Rather than acknowledge the issue in Prof. Lipstadt’s comments, you repeatedly rant using fabricated figures and conspiracy theories.
Then, you tack on to it the issue of the Shoah – something not even mentioned in this article, and then decide to rail against the rest of the world while trivializing the event at hand.
That’s not the sign of an argument nature, but of a Jew-hating individual.
You want to be a racist – fine, no shortage of them in the world. But realize that you don’t get to hide anymore and that Jews will stand up to your racist comments.

JeffreyME says:

Simon, you are absolutely wrong. Here is a link to Samaranch’s 1996 Atlanta Olympic Opening Remarks:

http://www.la84foundation.org/OlympicInformationCenter/OlympicReview/1996/oreXXVI10/oreXXVI10g.pdf

Money quote:

“Peace has finally been established in
Bosnia-Herzegovina, where the martyred
city of Sarajevo hosted the XIV Olympic
Winter Games in 1984. The Olympic
Movement is, in a gesture of solidarity,
ready to make its contribution to the reconstruction
of the sports facilities destroyed
during the long war.
Yet, we still live in a world where human
tragedies persist.”

If you actually read what Prof. Lipstadt wrote above, she never claimed there was a minute of silence held in 1996, only that Samaranch noted the victims of of Sarajevo.

JeffreyME says:

You are wrong again ’666. The IOC granted official permission for the U.S. Delegation to carry in a flag recovered from the rubble of the downed twin towers at the opeining ceremonies. It was a clearly IOC sanctioned act, and was officially acknowledged and announced in the stadium.

JeffreyME says:

Here’s a link to a video showing the staged entrance. This was not just one of many flags marching by. Watch for yourself:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Sjvud47gHoc

Pedro_Schwartz says:

Glickman and Stoller were replaced by Jesse Owens and Ralph Metcalfe, who brought the U.S. the gold and silver. The two blacks were no more popular with the Germans than were the two Jews. They were just the better choice because they were faster.

Pedro_Schwartz says:

No, it was coach Robertson who chose the 4×100 team.

Simon666 says:

I do not deny carrying in any flag if you bothered reading what I wrote. I said it was no minute of silence.

Simon666 says:

He just acknowledged that peace had been achieved there such that reconstruction of the sports facilities could restart. Nothing political there. His 1994 speech to all parties to end hostilities clearly was political.

Is anyone here familiar with the 1968 Olympics Tlatelolco Masscre? The Mexican government killed 44(at least) students a few days before. This caused Philip Agee, the CIA agent in charge to resign and write the book “Inside the Company.” He alleges 2 CIA agents were involved.

I don’t think this has ever been mentioned, nor have any movies been made about it.
1996 in Atlanta, Georgia at the Summer Olympics, a nail bomb killed Alice Hawthorne, wounded 111, and cameraman Melih Uzunyol died from a heart attack running away from the blast.

Yes, there have been others, but no one remembers them. I posted above. I wont repeat here. I don’t think it’s anti-semitism, I think it’s ethnocentrism.

Jeff says:

Howard, how much of that anti-semitism is a result of Israel’s decision to maintain bigotry as part and parcel of its existence? All western nations have given themselves to the third-world hordes, yet Israel has declared that Jews are more equal than are others. This declaration is clear via the maintenance of Israel as a Jewish state. If, like Western nations, Israel believed that all men are equal, then anyone could become an Israeli which regard to creed or color (no kicking out the Africans). Unfortunately, they do not believe this and so people rightfully declare Jewish ethnocentrism as bad when they see it, which is all the time in the case of Israel. And to fend off an attack, there is no difference between maintaining a homeland for Jews and maintaining a homeland for the founding stock of the USA. The latter has given up it’s claim to a homeland. Now, for the Jews to be fully accepted, as honest, praiseworthy people, they must too turn their country over to the third world hordes. Until such time as they do, everyone will see Israel for what it is: a land of people who believe they are better and more deserved than others. This is the brutal reality and it is not anti-semitic; it is just “real talk” as my ghetto brethren might say.

nullhogarth says:

There is a difference between these “political” Olympic observations and the one this article wishes to promote. The distance of time. To have a memorial for the victims was appropriate, and one was held – during the Olympics when the terrible event occurred. Likewise, mentions of atrocities and moments of silence were held, as mentioned – but held AT THE TIME of those terrible events, not 40 years later, when no one really cares anymore, except those like yourself, who want to use the tragedy of these beautiful young peoples’ deaths as a political football.

Frank Edelstein says:

It is statements like this that get us hated the world over. Go on call me a self hating Jew. People in glass houses should not throw stones.

I have in my office a copy of the 1972 Life Magazine which details the massacre. It is there to remind me of what can happen if Israel does not remain vigilant and prepared. Therefore, perhaps our best statement of outrage would be simply to not watch the Olympics this year or any future Olympics until this error is rectified. Perhaps I will re-watch Michael Douglas’ documentary of the event.

Nobody Cares!!

The Jews in Israel have murdered so many innocent Palestinian Women and Children, so Publically, that no-one thinks they deserve this memorial.

You Reap as you Sowed!!

Disparishun says:

I don’t understand. During which Olympics were 1400 Palestinian athletes killed?

Disparishun says:

If the Olympics took a moment to notice each country’s human rights violations, it would take a very long time indeed before they got to Israel.

Disparishun says:

On the contrary, Jeff, the nations whose roots are in what is now the United States have never given up their claim for a homeland, any more than have the Armenians or Swedes or Tibetans. Quite the contrary. If you google “American Indian Movement”, you can learn more about this.

Disparishun says:

What you posted below, Iguana Keeper, did not suggest “there have been others”. You posted about a single incident. That incident related to the Mexican military’s murder of 44 student and civilian protesters and bystanders 10 days before the Olympics, during an armed standoff with 10,000 protesters. This was, of course, a terrible event — but it is certainly not the same kind of terrible event, insofar as it had nothing to do with murdering athletes because of their nationality. What sort of ethnocentrism are you talking about, by the way?

Disparishun says:

To be clear, all of the deaths listed on that page relate to either sickness — such as blood poisoning, an inflammatory response syndrome — or accident, but two. One was the Centennial Olympic Park bombing in Atlanta, at which a spectator died. The other was Munich, the only time in which Olympic athletes were murdered during the games.

Disparishun says:

You have a funny definition of “nobody” and “no-one”, Neal!

Disparishun says:

On the contrary. They have been mentioned all the time. The nice thing about movies is that anyone is free to make them. Hey, want to?

The Death of 17 people is not political. Unless you consider assasination to be the same as a negative campaign add. What the IOC is doing is the same as if Republican’s refused to build the Kennedy Center. Also, though this has nothing to do with the anyone’s point. Not a single person was killed in the LaVon affair and The King David Hotel Massacre was committed by an independent terrorist group which was labeled “An enemy of the Jewish people” By David Ben-Gurion. In addition the bombing of the USS Liberty was considered an accident by all parties involved and occurred after The IDF chief requested that the U.S inform Israel of the locations of any ship to avoid such an accident. The Suez Canal incident was instigated by President Nasser and violated an international law that had existed since 1888. The Israeli Naval officers who boarded the Gaza flotilla were initially only armed with paintball guns and the Murder of Rachael Corrie was committed by a single person and not the entire Israeli or Jewish people. Finally an Israeli commission investigating the First Lebanon War found Defense Minister Arial Sharon guilty of indirect and unintentionional war crime and recommended that he was removed from office. The next time you accuse an entire nation or people of Mass murder please get you facts strait. In conclusion how does the commemoration of a tragedy, weather the Munich massacre or the Shoah, lighten any other tragedies. You never see Jewish Organizations protesting the commemeration of the Armenian Genocide or the Sabra a Shatilla massacres. By denying Israelis the same diginity as any other human beings you are unintentianlly being anti-semitic. You have become obsessed with a need to feel as if you are fighting for a cause so much that you are doing exactly what you claim to be fighting, if on a smaller scale. You fail to see the nuance of this situation and have forgotten that the world is not black & white. You may also be hurting your own cause. If people like you become the face of the pro-palestinian movement (of which I am a proud supporter) no one will ever take us seriously.

SeanO' says:

Israel should find a way of standing ground for a minute silence in honor of the Victims of the 72 massacre, regardless of IOC official biased rules. Athletes will respect athletes.

This was nothing else than a stupid jewish trick….organized by the MOSSAD and their alcoholist members….these guys were not athlets…they seemed to be DEBILS from a psychiatric houses…mabe palestines, who were deceipted…..these was nothing else than a jewish lie!!!!!!!!!SHAME ON YOU GERMANY….

My Mother was 16 during the WWII…she and her family lived in Hungary, next to Nyíregyháza (older Soros) and next to that place where Bernard Schwartz, Tony Curties was born..in Szabolcs megye (in Hungarian)….this is nothing else than a LIE, a stupidity….these was the game of the MOSSAD….

Tony Curtis was born in Hungary, Mátészalka (next to the home of my mother) in Szabolcs megye….he was born in New York…..

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