Munich Massacre Memorials

9 Aug

Endless articles have been written about the attempt by a wife of one of the 11 Israelis who died because of the awful “Black September” attack at the ’72 Olympic Games to have a moment of silence at the start of this Olympics.

Jewish U.S. gymnast Aly Raisman spoke to the press after winning a gold medal  on August 7 saying she would have supported such a moment of silence and won herself instant acclaim in Israel.

IOC President Jaques Roggue has been vilified for not allowing a moment of silence during the Opening Ceremony.  He said it wouldn’t be appropriate.  “IOC has officially paid tribute to the memory of the athletes on several occasions,” he said.  He’s correct.  Right at the 1972 games the Olympics were suspended and they held a solemn ceremony.  Watch the German language video here.   Note the Olympic flag at half-staff and the huge crowd in the stadium.

There was no moment of silence during the 2012 Opening Ceremony (which NBC’s coverage remarked on when the Israeli athletes entered the stadium), but Roggue did hold a ceremony for the killed athletes right at the Olympic Truce.  This is a formal ceremony held just before each Olympics since ancient Greek times at which wars were suspended so that athletes could freely travel to the games. He even sat through an August 6 London ceremony about the massacre where he was personally condemned.    Of course, this didn’t satisfy the Zionists and none of this was noted in the U.S. press.

In 2005 Steven Spielberg (and screenwriter Tony Kushner) did a memorial of sorts with their movie “Munich”  humanizing the Israeli commandos who killed PLO figures in revenge for the Munich attack.  He shows several of the commandos as having doubts and regrets (“they kill and they cry” as critical Israeli leftists put it) even though the book “Vengeance” on which the movie was based relates not one bit of regret or hesitation.  By the way according to As’ad AbuKhalil few if any of the people killed had anything to do with the Munich attack.  In the 2005 book Striking Back, author Aaron Klein contends that the Mossad got only one man directly connected to the massacre.

There was a different kind of memorial for those killed in Munich in Lebanon three days after the massacre.  On September 8, 1972 the Israelis launched air raids against the Nahr el-Bared Palestinian refugee camp and Palestinians in Rated and Rashayya al-Wadi, killing (according to Palestinian sources) 59 and wounding 40 persons.   In Wikipedia sources list up to 200 deaths caused when Israel bombed “ten PLO bases in Syria and Lebanon” on that date.

There are massacres and mindless hatred on all sides of this conflict.  Unknown in the “West” is the fact that the Zionists hold an enormous edge in the “medal count”.

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