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Following FIFA ban, Israel seeks ban of Palestinian from Olympic Committee

Convicted Palestinian terrorist Jibril Rajoub, whose currently the Palestinian Sports Minister, was fined & banned in August from FIFA games after inciting violence & hatred against int’l football [soccer] superstar Lionel Messi, so now Israel is calling on the IOC to consider adopting a similar position.



Palestinian Olympic Committee chairman and convicted terrorist Jibril Rajoub should be suspended from the International Olympic Committee for inciting violence, Strategic Affairs Minister Gilad Erdan wrote in a letter to IOC President Thomas Bach on Tuesday.

“Sports should be used to build bridges and spread peace between nations, and should not be used to promote divisiveness and racism,” Erdan wrote. Continue Reading »

IOC reprimands Lebanese Olympic team for refusing to allow Israelis on bus





The head of the Lebanese Olympic delegation was reprimanded by the International Olympic Committee on Sunday after refusing to let the Israeli delegation board a bus the two teams were supposed to share.


Israeli delegation at Rio olympics. – Photo: REUTERS

As a result, according to the original Facebook post by Israeli sailing coach Udi Gal, event organizers tried to scatter the Israeli athletes on several different buses. He called this “unacceptable for security and representative reasons.”

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Malaysia probed, possibly charged after Israel unable to participate in sailing championships


Malaysian hosts told Israel its surfers would not compete under Israel’s state flag, would not be allowed to use any symbol identifiable with Israel on their surfboards or cloths, nor should Israel win a gold medal, its national anthem would not be played.



World Sailing announced on Sunday that it is holding an investigation and seeking clarification from the Malaysian Organizing Authority of the Youth Sailing World Championships after Israel was unable to send a delegation to the event in Langkawi, Malaysia.

Windsurfer Yoav Omer – Photo: AMIT SHISEL/ISA

Israel’s Yoav Omer and Noy Drihan will not have an opportunity to defend their titles at the championships, which got underway on Sunday, after the Israel Sailing Association (ISA) said last week that it will not be participating in the event due to the demands made by the organizers and the fact the surfers had yet to receive visas. Continue Reading »

Olympic committee suspends Tunisia after barring Israel’s flag

The Chief of the Israeli baseball association was forbidden from displaying Israel’s flag at the World Baseball Softball Confederation congress in Tunisia.


LAUSANNE, Switzerland — The International Olympic Committee has issued a warning to the international baseball and softball federation after an Israeli delegate was barred from displaying his national flag at a recent meeting in Tunisia.

IOC executive

The IOC Executive in session. – Photo: International Olympic Committee

The IOC opened an investigation after the head of the Israeli baseball association, Peter Kurz, was told he could not display the Israeli flag or name plate at the World Baseball Softball Confederation congress in Hammamet, Tunisia, in May. Continue Reading »

Olympians’ widows ‘shocked’ by Munich protocols

The widows of those killed in the ’72 Olympic terrorist attack were appalled to learn of Germany’s refusal to suspend the games due to their lack of alternative TV programming

Shahar Chai


The long-vaulted records that detail the chaos surrounding 1972 Munich massacre have angered the widows of two athletes who died in the violent incident.

Spitzer, Romano and Israeli ambassador to UK, Daniel Taub Photo: Israeli Embassy in London

Spitzer, Romano and Israeli ambassador to UK, Daniel Taub – Photo: Israeli Embassy in London

Four decades after Palestinian terrorists belonging to the Black September group mounted an attack that killed 11 members of the Israeli delegation to the Munich Games, the Israel State Archives on Wednesday released a series of documents that paint a fractured picture of the actions taken by Olympic authorities and the Israeli government during and immediately after the deadly events. Continue Reading »

Clinton tells IOC: Hold memorial for Murdered Israeli Olympians

U.S. Sec. of St. joins int’l calls on Olympic Committee to honor slain Israeli athletes when games open on Friday • Athletes’ widows meet with chief to hand over petition, & call on spectators to stage silent protest at opening ceremony.



U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is calling on the International Olympic Committee to commemorate the massacre of 11 Israelis by Palestinian gunmen at the Munich Games in 1972 with a moment of silence at Friday’s opening ceremony of this year’s games in London.

Ankie Spitzer, widow of an Israeli Olympian killed by Palestinian gunmen in 1972 Munich Olympics: We are outraged, we are angry, we are sad.

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Bob Costas of NBC Sportsc to Recognize the Slain Israeli Athletes on Air

NBC sportscaster Bob Costas will hold moment of silence for the 11 slain Israeli athletes.

By Rachel Hirshfeld


NBC sportscaster Bob Costas plans to call out the International Olympic Committee (IOC) for denying Israel’s request for a moment of silence acknowledging the massacre of 11 Israeli athletes and coaches at the 1972 Games.

Costas intends to make his remarks as the Israeli delegation enters the 80,000-seat Olympic Stadium for the Olympics’ Opening Ceremony, which coincides with the 40th anniversary of the Munich massacre.


US President George W. Bush speaks with Bob Costas of NBC Sports during an interview “while attending the 2008 Summer Olympic Games in Beijing.

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IOC Decision : No moment of silence at Olympic Games

IOC president rejects pleas for official commemoration of ’72 Munich Olympic Games killings, at London curtain raiser.



LONDON – The IOC has ruled out marking the 40th anniversary of the Munich massacre at the London Olympics opening ceremony but will visit the airfield where some Israeli team members were killed, it said on Saturday.

11 Israeli athletes killed in 1972 Munich attack

11 Israeli athletes killed in 1972 Munich attack – Photo: REUTERS/Handout

International Olympic Committee President Jacques Rogge rejected calls for an official commemoration of the 1972 Munich Games attack during Friday’s curtain raiser, a standing request of the families of the 11 Israeli Olympic team members who died. Continue Reading »

President Obama calls for Olympic ‘Moment of Silence’

Obama joins the global campaign to commemorate the Israeli athletes killed in Munich Massacre at London Games’ opening ceremony

By Yitzhak Benhorin



WASHINGTON – US President Barack Obama joined a long line of leaders, nations and organizations calling for a moment of silence in memory of the 11 Israeli athletes killed in the 1972 Munich Massacre at the London Games‘ opening ceremony.

Barack Obama Photo: AP

Barack Obama Photo: AP

This marks the height of a global campaign to break the International Olympic Committee’s (IOC) objection to commemorate the Munich Massacre victims at the Olympic opening ceremony.

“We absolutely support the campaign for a minute of silence at the Olympics to honor the Israeli athletes killed in Munich,” National Security Council spokesman Tommy Vietor said. Continue Reading »

Muslims Forbid the IOC from Honoring Murdered Jewish Olympians

Olympics official admits that Muslims blocked one-minute silence for the 11 murdered Israeli athletes, one of the widows reported.

By Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu


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.

Olympics stadium in London - no time to remeber murdered Israeli athletes

Olympics stadium in London – no time to remember murdered Israeli athletes – Reuters

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. Continue Reading »

IOC insists athletes must compete with Israelis this summer

A spokesman for the International Olympic Committee warned athletes considering taking a stand, rather than racing against Israelis, to “stay at home”.



Olympic athletes who boycott Israeli competitors in London will be in breach of IOC rules.

Boycotting Israel would be a 'serious breach'

Boycotting Israel would be a 'serious breach'


A spokesman for the International Olympic Committee declared that refusing to compete against Israelis would represent “a serious breach of the IOC’s Code of Ethics, the principles of the Olympic Charter and the Athletes Oath”. Emanuelle Moreau warned athletes considering taking a stand, rather than racing against Israelis, to “stay at home”. Continue Reading »