London Olympics Has All Except Respect For Jewish Blood

By Joel Leyden
Israel News Agency

Jerusalem, Israel --- July 28, 2012 ... The London Olympics Opening Ceremonies had it all. The Queen, James Bond, spectacular fireworks, inspirational music, creative dancers, David Beckham, Mitt Romney, Michelle Obama, Sir Paul McCartney, sky divers, Mary Poppins, and one very funny Mr. Bean.

The IOC and the London Olympics had everything - except simple respect for those Olympians who were murdered at the Munich Games in 1972.

We are not speaking Israelis. We are not even talking about Jews, but rather members of the Olympic family who were kidnapped and massacred by Palestinian terrorists.

The IOC or International Olympic Committee has found every excuse to ignore the Olympic dead during last night's Opening Ceremony. They said that it was too political.

So then why did the IOC honor British dead during last night's Opening Ceremony?

Why were the victims of 9/11 remembered? Why were victims of Europe's wars remembered?

But not 11 Olympians?

Could it be that they came from a place called Israel?

Could it be that the 40 Arab nations that are taking part in these Olympics threatened to boycott the Games if the Israelis were mentioned? Could it be anti-Semitism which manifests itself historically in the UK and is most recently illustrated by the BBC omitting that Jerusalem is the capital of Israel?

If not for NBC sportscaster Bob Costas no one would have heard or seen anything.

Every Olympic participant should now display a black arm band and or a black ribbon to
remember their dead comrades on this 40th anniversary.

Costas stated what many world leaders have voiced so far: "These Olympic games mark the 40th anniversary of the 1972 tragedy in Munich, when 11 Israel coaches and athletes were murdered by Palestinian terrorists. There have been calls from a number of quarters for the IOC to acknowledge that, with a moment of silence at some point in tonight's ceremony. The IOC denied that request, noting it had honored the victims on other occasions. And, in fact, this week IOC president Jacques Rogge led a moment of silence before about 100 people in the athlete's village here in London.

Still, for many, tonight, with the world watching, is the true time and place to remember those who were lost, and how and why they died."

Shame on Jacques Rogge and the members of the IOC. Shame on them for ignoring murdered members of the Olympic family while paying a minute of silence to British dead. Shame on Jacques Rogge and the IOC for appeasing terrorism last night.

The only thing worse than what we witnessed at the Munich Olympics where the dead were honored was last night's insensitive and total disrespect for the victim's families. Disrespect for every Olympic athlete who sacrifices hours, days, weeks and years to become an Olympian.

"Jacques Rogge, you have let terror win once again," said Illana Romano, the widow of murdered Israel weightlifter Yossef Romano.

Romano spoke Wednesday at a London news conference. An event that should never had been called for as honoring Olympic dead should be a priority at the opening or closing ceremonies. She was joined by Ankie Spitzer, wife of murdered Israel fencing coach Andrei Spitzer, in a sad, desperate plea for a small degree of human decency that should have been granted long ago

Perhaps nothing has been more indecent and disgraceful than the recent exchange between Spitzer and Rogge, who told her that "in this matter that his hands were tied".

"Your hands are tied?" Spitzer responded. "My husband's hands were tied. So were his feet."


The Israeli Olympic Team walked into the stadium last night with symbolic black handkerchiefs tucked into their blue Olympic blazers.

They and every Olympic participant should now display a black arm band and or a black ribbon to remember their dead comrades on this 40th anniversary.

If the IOC cannot illustrate responsible leadership, then it is up the Olympians to do so.

The Olympians who were shot during the initial break-in in Munich were Moshe Weinberg (wrestling coach) and Yossef Romano (weightlifter).
Those Olympians who were shot and then murdered by Palestinian terrorists with grenades in helicopters where they were sitting were Ze'ev Friedman (weightlifter), David Berger (weightlifter), Yakov Springer (weightlifting judge), Eliezer Halfin (wrestler), Yossef Gutfreund (wrestling referee), Kehat Shorr (shooting coach), Mark Slavin (wrestler), Andre Spitzer (fencing coach) and Amitzur Shapira (track coach).

May their memories be for a blessing for those athletes who survived and keep the Olympic spirit of peace alive.



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