While we commemorate the events of a year ago on 9-11, we should
also be commemorating the 30th anniversary of another event,
September 5, 1972.
It’s auspicious that while Jews all over the world are
celebrating the holiest of holidays this week, they’ll also
remember the first nationally televised terrorist attack on
innocent civilians, the brutal murder of eleven Israeli athletes
by Yasser Arafat’s Black September terrorists at the 1972
Olympic Games in Munich, Germany.
Yes, September 11th was not the first time that innocent
Americans were brutally attacked by Arab Muslim terrorists in
video play-by-play. One of the murdered Israeli athletes
was an American citizen. Born and raised in the Cleveland,
Ohio suburb of Shaker Heights--where his parents still
live--handsome, young weightlifter David Berger was the first
innocent American whose bloody fate at the hands of Middle
Eastern terrorists was shown in minute-by-minute television
But while we remember the 1-year anniversary of the horrible
tragedy of 9-11, the Olympics still refuses to grant even a
scintilla of recognition of what happened in Munich 30 years
ago. And 30 years ago this week, in the most vulgar of
displays, the Olympics went on as planned, as if the murders of
its participants never took place.
Looking back after 30 years, versus a mere one-year anniversary
of 9-11, the clear lesson of that day in September is that the
world hasn’t learned the lessons of terrorism. In fact,
over 30 years the forces of evil were rewarded handsomely, while
the victims’ memories continue to be blasphemed.
After a botched German rescue attempt that made even the
Keystone Kops look heroic, German authorities put the
Palestinian terrorists who murdered the athletes in prison,
where they spent less than two months for their bludgeoning.
As documented by a September 1st ABC News documentary, the
terrorists were released in a pre-arranged deal in response to a
phony, staged hijacking of a German Lufthansa flight by
Palestinian terrorists. That explains why the Olympic
murderers were located and released from prison by German
authorities in less than an hour after the “hijacking.”
The Germans happily rid themselves of this Palestinian headache.
The terrorists who murdered 10 Israelis and one American in
Munich were given a heroes’ welcome by President Muammar
Khaddafi in their new home, Libya. Two of them were
assassinated by Israeli agents, but a third one remains alive in
Syria, where he lives a life of luxury under the protection of
our “partner” in the Coalition Against Terrorism, Syrian
President Bashir Assad. Two years after the brutal
Palestinian assassination of the 11 innocent athletes, the PLO
was rewarded in 1974 with a Permanent Mission to the United
Nations. Ostensibly, this was so the Palestinians would
never slaughter so many innocents again. Thirty years and
many homicide bombings later, it’s quite obvious how well this
diplomatic succor to terrorists worked.
30 years later, Yasser Arafat, the man who ordered the murders
and whose Black September terrorists carried them out, is a
“world leader” and “peace partner,” not to mention, a
billionaire. As we know, he now leads a
pseudo-nation/state, the Palestinian Authority.
And 30 years later, the Palestinians have yet another ironic
reward for their Munich “efforts”: a Palestinian
Olympic Team. Unlike the rest of the world, the IOC
already recognizes “Palestine” as an official state.
Yet, the murdered Israeli athletes still cannot get even a
moment of silence in their memory at even one Olympic Games.
IOC officials do not want to risk offending the Palestinian
delegation. They refused at the 1996 Atlanta Games, and at
every Olympic gathering before that. At the 2000 Sydney
Games, IOC officials loudly disavowed any connection to an
Australian memorial to the slain athletes. Then, they
“It’s not the IOC’s policy to stage special ceremonies”
IOC director general Francois Carrard recently told USA Today.
Not surprisingly, that’s a lie. At the 2002 Winter Games
in Salt Lake City, the IOC spent lavishly on an exorbitant Alvin
Ailey choreographed dance tribute to memorialize the late
Olympic Gold Medalist Florence Griffith (“Flo-Jo”) Joyner.
Unlike the murdered Israeli athletes, her death from illness was
not Olympic-or even sports-related. Although the U.S.
paid over $400 million in tax dollars to pay for this year’s
Salt Lake Games, American taxpayers Benjamin and Dorothy Berger
still wait for just a moment in recognition of their loss to
terrorism—a slain American son.
During this—Judaism’s week of repentance, American Jews,
will remember the terrorist murder of innocent Israeli and
American victims at Munich. While praying to a real G-d,
they will remember 11 brave souls who gave their lives to
televised terrorism and the false god of the Olympics.
But 30 years from September 5, 1972, the rest of the world has
forgotten. Thirty years from September 11, 2001, will
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