Muslims Barred IOC from Honoring Murdered Israelis
Israel National News: An Olympics official admitted that Muslim countries blocked the “One-Minute of Silence” campaign to honor the 11 murdered Israeli athletes, one of the widows said.
Andre Spitzer, whose husband Andre was one of the athletes massacred in the Munich Games in 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.”
The widow has been conducting an uphill 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.
Spitzer gained support for her effort from several countries, including the United States, Britain, Australia, Belgium and Germany. A letter appealing for the minute of silence was signed by 140 Italian legislators, to no avail.
Spitzer called the Olympics “a corrupt organization, led by greed rather than the Olympic spirit.” She added, “The IOC’s refusal is pure discrimination – greed and anti-Semitism.”
At the Olympic Games in Munich, members of the Israeli Olympic team were taken hostage and eventually killed by the Palestinian group Black September. The kidnappers killed eleven Israeli athletes and coaches and a West German police officer. Five of the eight members of Black September were killed by police officers during a failed rescue attempt.
During the crisis, King Hussein of Jordan was the only leader of an Arab country to publicly denounce the Olympic attack, calling it a “savage crime against civilization… perpetrated by sick minds.” Forty years later and not one of the Arab countries participating in the Games will offer one minute of silence for the horrendous murders? Speaks volumes to the true beliefs of these countries and their “religion of peace.”