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Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Not One Minute!!!

Ankie Spitzer
, whose husband Andre was one of the athletes massacred in the Munich Games n 1972, told the European Jewish Press that Jacques Rogge, president of the London Organizing Committee of the Olympic Games, told her  that his “hands were tied” by the admission of 46 Arab and Muslim members to the International Olympic Committee. She replied, “My husband’s hands were tied, not yours.”  

This lady has been conducting a battle to convince the International Olympics Committee to remember the slain athletes with one minute of silence before the opening of the Games in London next week. It never has done so since the murders 40 years ago.  And it will not do so next week either, it seems.

Great Britain's Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, Jeremy Hunt, will not join the international campaign. There have been calls for a moment of silence from around the world which include governments. From fifty members of the British Parliament,including Dame Tessa Jowell,  British Shadow Minister for the Olympics, German Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle,  and the German Bundestag, one hundred and forty members of the Italian Parliament, about 100 Australian members of Parliament including the Prime Minister and the opposition leader, the Canadian parliament, and the US Senate both unanimously passed resolutions calling for a moment of silence.  

As Jews we have a duty of Zakhor ...... These men were sons, fathers,  uncles,  brothers, friends,  teammates,  athletes.  They came to Munich in 1972 to compete as athletes in the Olympics,  they came in peace and went home in coffins, murdered in the Olympic Village and during hostage negotiations.  It should be obvious that the murder of Israeli athletes at the 1972 Munich Olympics, at an event that is suppose to represent global competition in the spirit of sporting events must never be forgotten.  That Marking the Massacre and telling the world the International Olympic Committee with the families that 40 Years of ignoring this attrocity is Enough!!

The Games continued during the hostage crisis itself, but eventually they were halted for a few hours. When they were re-started, it was with a memorial service held in the Olympic Stadium, attended by many of the competing athletes. Ten nations opposed to the existence of the State of Israel requested that their flags not be flown at half-mast during the ceremony. As disrespectful as this was to the spirit of Olympic competition, the IOC acquiesced and granted this request.  The massacre of 11 Israeli athletes was not considered sufficiently serious to merit cancelling or postponing of the Olympics.  Nor has it been seen as serious since by the IOC.   Is that because they were Jews????  Truly, the world cares nothing for Jewish Blood!

“Incredibly, they're going on with it,” Jim Murray of the Los Angeles Times wrote at the time. “It's almost like having a dance at Dachau.” ...... WWII Death Camp, less than 10 miles away!

Not all the athletes stayed however, and the Israeli team did not continue to compete in the Games.  How could they???    Why would anyone want a medal from such tainted games??   The doctrine of the Olympic Spirit is supposedly “to build a peaceful and better world which requires mutual understanding with a spirit of friendship, solidarity and fair play,"  but these Jewish athletes who went to the Olympics in peace, friendship and sportsmanship have not received fair play nor have their families received understanding.
Read the Full Story of the Munich Massacre which I blogged previously here ..... http://princesspana.blogspot.ie/2011/09/olympic-orgy-munich-massacre.html

Lord Coe has stated that he does not want the Games politicised ... how on earth is supporting Islams skewed stance against Israel and threats to walk out if this minute of silence was held not 'political'???    The Israeli athletes have their City registered as Tel Aviv. This is not the Capital City of Israel, yet 'palestinians' have their 'capital' registered as Jerusalem ??? .... Another Arab invention. How is this not 'political'???

In Munich in 1972 the anti semitic IOC did not stop the games, in fact they pandered to 10 arab nations who refused to have their flags flown at 'half mast' because they did not recognise the Jewish State of Israel. The games should have been stopped then when 11 of its participants were massacred. They weren't.  Was this not 'political'??

A moment of silence was held during the opening ceremony of the Winter Olympics in Whistler Canada in 2010 for Nodar David Kumaritashvili, killed during a training crash. He was not murdered and he was not a Jew.  Why was this not 'political'??

No, Political is not the watchword here ...  Appeasement & Anti-Semitism are!!!  Just like it was in Munich in 1972,   and in Berlin in 1936.   Anti Semitism is the order of the day and of the Olympic games.  So what should we as Jews do???

The Opening Ceremony is on Shabbat ... Another Snub to Jews.  President Peres has stated that he will not attend the ceremony as it is on Shabbat.  So,  NO JEW should attend. Honour Ha'Shem not the Greek Games. Honour Ha'Shem & our Heroes.  Let's not continue to Appease Anti-Semitism!!!!  

Observe Shabbat, not the Opening Ceremony ... nor any of the tainted games.  Not One Minute!!!!



  1. The opening ceremony of the London Summer Olympics is “not fit” to remember the Munich Massacre of 11 Israeli athletes, said International Olympic Committee (IOC) president Jacques Rogge on Shabbos.

    “We feel that the opening ceremony is an atmosphere that is not fit to remember such a tragic incident," stated Rogge, who previously had told the widow of one of the Israeli athletes murdered in 1972 that that his “hands were tied” by the admission to the IOC of 46 Arab and Muslim members, who he said blocked the "One-Minute of Silence" campaign to honour the 11 murdered Israeli athletes.

    Rogge tried to soften the blow to Israelis and Jews around the world by reminding them that the IOC will visit the airfield where some Israeli team members were killed.

    It hasn't worked, we are NOT Appeased!!!!

    It's just not good enough, and I'll let Ankie Spitzer, whose husband Andre was one of the athletes massacred in the Munich Games in 1972, answer ..... "My husband’s hands were tied, not yours.” Spitzer called the Olympics “a corrupt organization, led by greed rather than the Olympic spirit." She added, “The IOC’s refusal is pure discrimination ~ anti-Semitism.”

    Yes it is. Olympics you are NOT FIT for Jews to participate in. Let's Boycott!!!

  2. At the Opening Ceremony apparently, the IOC had a moment of Silence for those murdered in London five years ago on 7/7, the same City that is hosting the games this year. I am not against remembering at all ... see previous blogs, I remember this annually every anniversary of the attrocity. But, those Massacred at Munich were games participants, murdered at the Games themselves. WHY WERE THEY INSULTED & NOT REMEMBERED SIMILARLY?? WHY HAVE THEIR MURDERS BEEN IGNORED & THEIR WIDOWS INSULTED FOR FORTY YEARS??

    It is because they are Israeli Jews. There is no other explanation. Anti Semitism & Arab Appeasement is the Answer. And Jacques Rogge confirmed as much. SHAME, SHAME, SHAME ON YOU LONDON!!!!!