August 18, 2008, - 12:53 pm

Still NO Olympic Memorial For Slain Israeli Athletes; When TV/Hollywood Had Guts

By Debbie Schlussel
A couple of weeks ago, I noted that in 36 years, there still hasn’t been a formal Olympic memorial to the slain Israeli athletes at the 1972 Munich Olympics. (Read my 2002 column on the history of anti-Semitism at the Olympics, the slain Israeli athletes at Munich, and the continued Olympic refusal to officially memorialize them.)
Although the International Olympic Committee claims it does not memorialize athletes, Mitt Romney–who organized the 2002 Olympic Games–wasted hundreds of thousands of dollars on a stupid Alvin Ailey dancers tribute to Florence Griffith-Joyner, whose death was rumored to be tied to her rumored use of steroids. The Israelis gave their lives for being Jews at the Olympics. Flo-Jo gave her life for . . .?
Romney could have memorialized the Israeli athletes but also chose the Flo-Jo absurdity, instead. So much for this fraud who claims he understands jihad and radical Islam and wants to be McCain’s Veep. Mitt Happens.

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Now, Carl in Jerusalem says there is a scheduled Olympic memorial to the Israeli athletes on Monday Night. But he fails to note that this “memorial” is no different than the previous ones held by others at previous Olympics. It is NOT an official Olympic event and DOES NOT have the approval of the International Olympic Committee. That’s why Olympic head honcho Jacques Rogge WON’T be there. And it’s why he WON’T allow a formal event like Flo-Jo got.
In fact, the widows of the slain Israeli athletes are rightfully upset:

Two widows of Israeli team members killed at the 1972 Munich Games urged Olympic chiefs on Monday to include a tribute in opening ceremonies to those who died in the standoff with Palestinian gunmen.
Eleven Israeli athletes and coaches were taken hostage by the Black September militant group, which was demanding the release of Palestinian prisoners. They were killed in the standoff, in which five of the gunmen and a German policeman also died.
“We feel (the tribute) has to be in the framework of the Olympics because they were part of the Olympics family. They were not just people who came to visit the Olympics.” Ankie Spitzer, widow of fencing coach Andre Spitzer, told reporters.
The Israeli embassy in Beijing hosted a memorial event attended by Israel’s team, diplomats and Olympic officials.
International Olympic Committee (IOC) president Jacques Rogge attended a similar event in Athens in 2004 but sent former IOC president Juan Antonio Samaranch this year.
“Samaranch has been absolutely negative to our request all these years. He said we were bringing politics to the Olympics. We said we were not political at all,” said Spitzer.

Recently, I watched the DVD of “21 Hours at Munich,” which ABC aired in 1976 as a TV movie. It was nominated for two Emmys. Today, none of the networks would have the guts to air this movie, much less would the Hollywood charlatans nominate it for any award. It is chilling and tearjerking at the end when Israeli athletes in helicopters know they are about to die and utter the “Shema,” the Jewish prayer about the monotheism of G-d.
(I highly recommend you buy this DVD and see this movie from the days when Hollywood wasn’t afraid to say and do the right thing about Islamic terror.)

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These athletes, of Blessed Memory, deserve an official memorial with Jacques Rogge not only in attendance, but with the official Olympic seal and endorsement, such as in the opening ceremonies, like Flo-Jo got.
As I said two weeks ago, what’s so great about the Olympics. The answer still remains: nothing. That these people who claim to embody a nebulous “Olympic spirit” cannot find it within themselves–after 21 hours of their horrid security (which led the Israelis’ murders) and 36 years of requests from their widows and families–tells us the Olympics means nothing.
There is no Olympic “spirit,” except the endorsement of evil (the Palestinian terrorists now have their Olympic team–and their “leader” is the paymaster for the Munich murders, Mahmoud Abbas) and the refusal to memorialize the good.
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In case you were wondering how the Arab terrorists infiltrated the Olympic Village, aside from the poor security, here’s how the New York Times reported it at the time:

Partial explanation of how the Arabs knew so much about the Israeli compound in the Olympic Village came from Dr. Bruno Merk, the Interior Minister of Bavaria. He said that at least one of the terrorists was an official employee in the village and that there was reason to believe some of his confederates had also obtained accreditation.

The Germans eventually let all the surviving Munich terrorists go, after Arab terrorists hijacked a Lufthansa plane that October. They were given a heroes welcome in the Arab Muslim world. Today, the only believed surviving Munich terrorist, Jamal Al-Gashey, lives in Syria in peace and freedom, unlike his victims who were murdered.
These Israeli Athletes Gave Their Lives for the Olympics . . .

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11 Responses

During recent years, the ‘news’ programs and those who watch them seem to float from one non-event to the next, whether it is Hurricane Katrina, Princess Diana, the Runaway Bride, or whatever the next soap opera is. Reading the newspaper columns and listening to the mindless hacks on radio and TV, it seems like the Olympics in general, and Phelps in particular are the latest soap-opera, and Phelps is being treated somewhat like Obama, on a hugh pedestal, almost like a saint or super-human. Kind of like fascism, subsuming ourselves in the glory of these events.
Aside from the obvious anti-Semitism of the Olympics, and the fact that the ‘world community’ at the Olympics is not different in substance from the UN or Durban II, a memorail to the Jewish athletes would not fit into this schema. It’s just hard for me to imagine the mental processes of those who are so caught up in the Olympic soap opera that they stay up nights to watch these silly events.

c f on August 18, 2008 at 1:59 pm

I believe that the reason Mark Spitz was not flown to the Beijing Olympics to see Phelps break his record is all about Munich. Not inviting Spitz, a Jew, to discuss his medals means you also don’t have to talk about the massacre of the Israeli athletes at the hands of the Islamoterrorists. Sympathy in Europe, the IOC, and all the internationalists residing in our country, lies on the side of Islam – out of fear, or actual sympatico, doesn’t matter. Spitz said he was glad to see a 36 year record broken – that it was long over due. The Press turned that around on him, and made Spitz look like a whiner for not being invited.

Sioux on August 18, 2008 at 2:30 pm

Spitz was criticized for discussing his movie career while the nine hostages were still held.
http://espn.go.com/sportscentury/features/00016480.html

lolwut on August 18, 2008 at 2:56 pm

Sigh, I never really got the whole olympics thing. I am pissed that China got it, I am pissed that the IOC does not acknoldge the Israeli Athletes from Munich. I am happy for phelps, and I hope that the US runner from sudan does well.

mindy1 on August 18, 2008 at 3:50 pm

Thanks for the heads up on the movie, Debbie. I’d never heard of it. While ordering, I also picked up Raid on Entebbe. It came out when I was a kid, and mom and I loved watching the Israeli army kicking Palestinian/Nazi a**!
[M: I RECENTLY WATCHED “RAID ON ENTEBBE,” TOO. IT’S IN MY DVD COLLECTION, AND NBC AIRED IT. THEY’D NEVER HAVE THE GUTS TO DO THAT TODAY. INTERESTINGLY, THE GREAT CHARLES BRONSON AND THE RELIGIOUS JEW/AFRICAN PRINCE, YAPHET KOTTO, ARE BOTH IN IT. AND BOTH GOOD. DS]

mplumb on August 18, 2008 at 4:31 pm

Since the Olympics began allowing pros to compete I don`t watch it. I think it`s unfair to amatuers and nauseatingly greedy for these mega rich celebu-jocks to prance around for two weeks on the world stage. All it is anymore is a bunch of self indulgent egomaniacs. Why would anyone expect decency and fairness from this group? They`ll never memorialize the slain Israeli`s.

Hermster on August 18, 2008 at 6:59 pm

I remember seeing “21 hours at Munich” in 1976, William Holden, Franco Nero and Richard Basehart were in it. Now we get dreck like Spielberg’s “Munich”. Yes I am well aware that there has been no commemoration of the Munich Jewish martyrs. The games should not even have been continued in 1972 after the massacre. In 1976 there were also two movies (that would never me made now) “Victory at Entebbe” and “Raid on Entebbe.”

Ripper on August 18, 2008 at 10:35 pm

The best material I’ve seen on what happened in Munich is the documentary ‘One day in September’ by kevin Macdonald, which also includes…if you can stomach it…. an interview with Al-Gashey. The film is damning and highlights the negligence and indifference of the Germans and Olympic authorities towards the fate of the Israeli athletes.

johndoe on August 19, 2008 at 6:59 am

Good, additional comments Sioux.
Well, letís break this downÖit shouldnít be too hard to figure outÖ
You know, to the very basic elements.
Germans, Palestinians, Anti-Semitism, Nazis, Neo-Nazis, genocidists, terrorists and murderers, Holocaust, Olympic Games slaughter, European Jews, Israeli JewsÖyepÖjust what I expected.
Of course, nothing was properly done at the time, event security, or even final justice for the murdered Israeli Jews.
The hosts were exactly like the perps!
If there were even ten IOC member nations that were JewishÖthe Olympic Committee wouldnít dare continue this outrage.
I wish there was some way to really sanction the IOC, and punish this disgrace.
It happened during the Olympic Games, in the Olympic Village. The IOC needs to take ìownershipî of this tragic event, and their subsequent acts of omission. An IOC apology to the surviving family members and to the State of Israel for this laxity is not only proper, but absolutely necessary at this point.
The International Olympic Committeeís act of failing to acknowledge those innocents, the Israeli Olympic athletes who were slain, remembering them and their tragedy formally, during the Olympic event itself officiallyÖhelp perpetuate, and even endorse, anti-Semitism in our world today.
There can be no other conclusion.
I thought that this had already been done. Very sad.
Great work Debbie that you have brought this issue to the forefront again, right during the Games!!

The Canadien on August 19, 2008 at 12:48 pm

Thanks, Debbie.
I had to utter a number of profanities against Islam, Mohammed, and Allah. All a waste, since they will all be condemned by the Holy One, Blessed be He at the end of time. But I uttered them, anyway.
Take heart, Debbie. G-d will judge. The perps and the Olympic donkeys will pay.

Loser on August 22, 2008 at 5:05 pm

Yes, 1976 was the first act of terrorism on the world media stage. But imagine being raised in a camp where you can’t go much outside of it and don’t have good hygiene and food. Then imagine when your parents tell you that they used to have a farm, etc. The Palestinians are angry for good reason – not sure who’d let their livelihood be taken away without reacting. Then imagine that going on for 50+ years.

The Israeli position is not the only sensible one.

Julie on October 11, 2009 at 4:49 am

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