On 45th Anniversary, IJC Honors Israeli Victims of Munich Olympics Massacre
The Israeli-Jewish Congress (IJC) remembers, mourns and honours the 11 Israeli athletes murdered on this day 45 years ago, in the 1972 Munich Olympic Games Massacre.
During the Olympics, the first on German soil since the 1936 Berlin games under Adolf Hitler, Palestinian terrorists, part of the ‘Black September’ terror group, infiltrated the Olympic Village, where they tortured, brutally beat and massacred the Israeli athletes. A German police officer was also killed in the ensuing rescue attempt.
The Munich Massacre was the beginning of the internationalization of global terror, with the Palestinian attack played out live before the cameras and international press, as the horrific event unfolded.
Only last year, the official website of Fatah, the organization headed by PA President Mahmoud Abbas, who himself in fact played a key senior role in the Palestinian Black September terror group during the time, hailed the Munich Massacre as an “heroic operation” and “one of the most important actions in modern history”.
Although the Olympics continued, Israel made sure that the perpetrators would not go unpunished, locating and eliminating those terrorists involved in the massacre and in doing so, showing the world that those who seek to harm Israelis will not escape the long arm of our justice wherever they may be!
Today, in 2017, Israel’s President Reuven Rivlin, together with the President of Germany, Frank-Walter Steinmeier, will unveil a special monument in the Olympic Park in Munich honoring the victims and meeting with their families.
The 11 murdered Israeli athletes were:
- Moshe Weinberg
- Yossef Romano
- Ze’ev Friedman
- David Berger
- Yaakov Springer
- Eliezer Halfin
- Mark Slavin
- Yosef Gutfreund
- Kehat Shorr
- Andre Spitzer
- Amitzur Shapira
May the memories of these athletes remain a blessing, as we shall never forget them and always honor their lives.