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Germany Calls for Memorial at Olympics

A minute of silence to commemorate Munich victims

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Germany sets a moral example. (Colin Smith/Creative Commons)

Germany is taking a lot of flack for its regional court’s decision to ban circumcision. But it’s important not to let the isolated action of a single court–one which will likely be reversed by a higher court or by mortified politicians–overshadow the country’s significant philo-semitic efforts, like its steadfast support for Israel. Another such example was reported last night, when the Times of Israel published excerpts of a letter by Germany’s foreign minister to the International Olympic Committee in support of a minute of silence to commemorate the slain Israeli athletes of the 1972 Munich Olympic massacre.

“This tragic terrorist attack in my country was directed not only at the Israeli Olympic team,” wrote Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle, “it was also an attack on the Olympic Games and the Olympic idea of promoting peace and friendship among the nations.” He dubbed the proposal of a minute of silence–supported by Israel, a unanimous US Senate, the Canadian House of Commons and the entire Australian parliament–”a humanitarian gesture and a fitting way to send the message that violence and terror are incompatible with the Olympic idea.”

Of course, so far the IOC continues to resist this call to common sense. Their refusal to commemorate the murdered Israelis athletes is not only in conflict with the raison d’etre of the Games but also its own previous actions: The IOC has recently allowed or run memorials for athletes who died in training and for the victims of 9/11. Yet Jewish competitors brutally slain at the Games themselves are deemed unworthy of such token acknowledgement.

Apparently, this summer’s Olympic slogan of “Inspire a Generation” does not mean doing so by moral example. For that, we can look instead to countries like Germany.

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yevka says:

Let’s have a moment to honor and remember the dead of Operation Cast Lead too.

ThorsProvoni says:

In fact if there is 1 minute to remember the Munich killings without any mention of the war crimes with which the Israeli athletes were almost certainly associated, for proportionality we should probably have several days to honor and to remember the victims of Jewish atrocities and greed directed at non-Jews since the Napoleonic Wars.

David Gold says:

I only can hope this happens

David Gold says:

here we go with the anti-semitic crap go crawl back in your hole and die

295 Gazan civilians were killed, 208 Israeli civilians died, let’s not act like only Arabs were killed.

The people who attend the Olympics could so a silent memorial on their own if the horrific Olympic committee will not allow a moment of silence. They could stand up in silent protest or organize a moment of silence outside. This is typical of an organization that allowed Adolph Hitler to preside at the Olympics. How many more dead Jews will it take?

You sound like a Nazi

Why are you reading the Tablet and not Der Strummer?

Gazans were not murdered by Arafat at Munich Olympics. This is absurd, and besides, their hands are not clean of blood.

So, “for proportionality,” that would mean several years of moments of silence for Jewish victims of persecutions and genocides at the hands of non-Jews over the past 2,000 years.

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Germany Calls for Memorial at Olympics

A minute of silence to commemorate Munich victims

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