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Memorial plans for Munich Olympics Massacre unveiled

Bavarian Minister of Education & Cultural said the memorial will attempt to address questions about the impact of the attack and the importance of remembrance.


BERLIN — Plans for a memorial in Munich to 11 Israelis and a German police officer murdered at the 1972 Summer  Olympics there were unveiled.

Munich Olympic MassacreWednesday’s news conference at the Bavarian Ministry of Education and Cultural Affairs announcing plans for the memorial took place a day before a ceremony in Israel marking the 41st anniversary of the attack by the Palestinian terrorist group Black September.

The planned hall of remembrance is slated to be built near the site that housed the games and will cost 1.7 million euros (approximately $2.25 million).

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Pascale Bercovitch an Israeli Paralympian aims at the 2016 Games in Rio

At age 17, the Parisian-born athlete lost her legs in a train accident, went on to represent Israel twice in the Paralympics & became one of the 1st wheelchair-bound volunteers in the IDF.

Israeli Paralympic handcyclist Pascale Bercovitch

Pascale Bercovitch, an Israeli handcyclist who competed in the 2012 London Paralympics, has overcome the loss of her legs to become a world-class athlete.

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U.S. Gold Medal Olympian, Aly Raisman will compete in Maccabiah

The Jewish-American gymnast, will compete in the 19th Maccabiah Games this July.

Raisman performed her gold-medal winning floor exercise routine to ‘Hava Nagila’ at the 2012 London Olympics.


Cue “Hava Nagila,” Aly Raisman is coming to Israel.

The Jewish-American gymnast, who performed her gold-medal winning floor exercise routine to the tune of that traditional folk song at the 2012 London Olympics, will compete in the 19th Maccabiah Games this July, organizers announced Monday at a news conference at the Maccabiah Village in Ramat Gan.

Alexandra Raisman of the U.S. competes in the women's gymnastics balance beam final during the London 2012 Olympic Games, for which she won bronze, August 7, 2012 - Photo by Reuters

Alexandra Raisman of the U.S. competes in the women’s gymnastics balance beam final during the London 2012 Olympic Games, for which she won bronze, August 7, 2012 – Photo: Reuters

Maccabiah chairman Amir Pered said that Raisman will be honored during the opening ceremony, which will take place on July 18 at Teddy Stadium in Jerusalem. 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 »

Jordanian ‘paralympians’ suspected of sexual assault in Ireland

Jordan says trainer & power-lifters  pulled from London Paralympics after being arrested in Ireland for allegedly assaulting teenage girls

By Associated Press


Jordan pulled three squad members accused of sexual assault in Northern Ireland out of the 2012 London Paralympics on Thursday, sports officials in Amman said.

The 3 ‘suspects’: Omar Sami Qaradhi, age 31, Motaz Al Junaidi, age 45, and trainer Faisal Hammash, 35.

The Jordanian Paralympic Committee said the three men — two Paralympic power-lifters and a trainer — will be flown home later on Thursday but that they will be returned to court in Northern Ireland on Oct. Continue Reading »

British PM Cameron: “We must never forget Munich victims”

Prime Minister David Cameron, foreign & local dignitaries gather to remember Israel’s slain athletes; Munich widows say IOC ‘discriminating against athletes because they are Israelis, Jews’

By Yaniv Halili



LONDON – The 11 victims of the 1972 Munich Olympics terror attack were finally remembered at London’s 2012Olympic Games.

Hundreds gathered for a moment of silence in memory of the murdered athletes, but the gesture did not take place at the site of the Olympic Games, or in the Olympic village. Instead it was held at the periphery of the events.

הכניסה לטקס האזכרה לי"א. זוכרים את הנרצחים (צילום: AP)

Pictures of Muncih victims at entrance to Guild Hall – Photo: AP

The ceremony was held by the Israeli embassy in cooperation with the local Jewish community at London’s famous Guild Hall. Continue Reading »

IOC President Rogge faces ridicule at upcoming memorial service for murdered Israelis

Int’l Olympic Committee president Jacques Rogge faces being blasted at a memorial service by community leaders & the families of the 11 Israelis butchered by Palestinian terrorists at the 1972 Olympics.

By Marcus Dysch and Anshel Pfeffer



Rogge is due to speak at the Guildhall event in central London on Monday evening, but his refusal to grant a minute’s silence in memory of the murdered athletes at the London 2012 Opening Ceremony has enraged the victims’ widows.

IOC President Jacques Rogge

IOC President Jacques Rogge

The Anglo-Jewish co-organizers of the event also admitted they faced a “dilemma”. Mr Rogge was invited to the ceremony earlier this year by the Israeli Olympic Committee, but his stance over the 1972 massacre has since infuriated Jewish communities worldwide. Continue Reading »

Son of Munich Victim Reveals Horrific New Details of the Massacre

Der Speigel: German detective novelist Willi Voss provided the Palestinians with fake credentials, including passports, and aided the terrorists in obtaining weapons. He also drove the Palestinians around Germany to meet with various co-conspirators.

By Ezriel Gelbfish


New information has surfaced concerning the massacre of 11 Israeli athletes and coaches at the 1972 Olympic Games held in Munich, Germany.  Guri Weinberg, whose father Moshe was an Israeli wrestling coach killed at the Games, recounted on FoxNews.com, the details of the massacre and his family’s attempt to institute a commemorative minute of silence at various Olympic events since the Games in Munich. Continue Reading »

Australian Jewish leaders observe Munich Olympic memorial, In solidarity with Israel

Jacques Rogge, president of the IOC, taken to task for holding ‘moment of silence’ outside of public eye.




Australian Jewish leaders observed a minute’s silence in honor of the 11 Israelis murdered 40 years ago at the Munich Games.

West German border police helicopters that carried armed terrorists and nine Israeli Olympian

West German border police helicopters that carried armed terrorists and nine Israeli Olympian hostages, at Fuerstenfeldbruck air force base about 20 miles west of Munich, Germany on Sept. 7, 1972. Photo by AP

Vic Alhadeff, chief executive of the New South Wales Jewish Board of Deputies, at the gathering last Friday at the Jewish community center in Sydney recounted the tragedy and lauded governments and their leaders around the world who supported the call for a minute of silence at the opening ceremony in London. Continue Reading »

The Italian Olympic Team Commemorates the Munich Massacre

About 30 Italians, including the Minister of Sport, stand in silence at the entrance to the Israeli team’s quarters.

By Gil Ronen


The Italian Olympic team at the London Olympic Games made a noble gesture Sunday and stood in silence outside the quarters of the Israeli team, in memory of the 11 athletes slain in the Munich Olympics 40 years ago, Voice of Israel radio reported Sunday.

About 30 Italians were present at the ceremony, including Italy’s Minister of Sport, the heads of the Italian Olympic Committee and athletes. Israeli Olympic Committee head Tzvi Varshaviak and Olympic delegation leader Efraim Zinger also took part. Continue Reading »

Lebanon’s judo squad refuses to train next to the Israelis

Lebanon’s Olympic judo team has refused to train next to the Israeli competitors at sessions ahead of London 2012.

By Danny Caro and Marcus Dysch


Olympic officials were forced to erect a special screen at the Excel venue following a complaint from a member of the Lebanese delegation.

Alice Schlesinger, who is on the Israeli judo team

Alice Schlesinger, who is on the Israeli judo team

It is understood the two squads had been warming up next to each other when the complaint was made on Friday afternoon.

An Israeli official at the venue confirmed a partition had been used to block the view and said the session had then continued with minimum disruption. Continue Reading »

20,000 Londoners hold moment of silence for Munich 11

Throughout venues across London, the British Zionist Federation’s ‘Minute for Munich’ is marked by people in memory of the 11 Israeli athletes killed in the 1972 Munich Olympics.



More than 20,000 people in various venues in London attended the British Zionist Federation’s “Minute for Munich” program that was promoted via social media.

A short memorial service at the Israeli Embassy that was organized by the Zionist Federation was streamed live online today, according to the London Jewish Chronicle.

The river Thames in London, the Olympics host, July 27, 2012.

The river Thames in London, the Olympics host, July 27, 2012. Photo by AFP

About 200 people marked the Minute for Munich in Trafalgar Square, reciting memorial prayers and lighting memorial candles. Continue Reading »

PA: “Sports are meant for peace, not for racism”

The PA is against the moment of silence because they view the murder of Israelis by Palestinians not as terror but as heroism.

By Itamar Marcus and Nan Jacques Zilberdik



The Palestinian Authority is against the moment of silence at the Olympics to commemorate the Israeli athletes murdered at the Munich Olympics in 1972. According to the headline in the official PA daily, “Sports are meant for peace, not for racism.”

The 11 members of the Israeli Olympic Delegation that were murdered by Palestinian terrorists.

According to Jibril Rajoub, President of the Palestinian Olympic Committee:

“Sports are meant for peace, not for racism… Sports are a bridge to love, interconnection, and spreading of peace among nations; it must not be a cause of division and spreading of racism between them [nations].”
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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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Olympic Team Salutes Jerusalem as Israel’s Capital In Response to BBC’s Map

Israel’s Olympic team responds in a special video to the BBC’s claim that Jerusalem is not Israel’s capital

By Elad Benari


Israel’s Olympic team has decided to respond to the BBC’s assertion that Jerusalem is not Israel’s capital, by preparing a video in which Israeli athletes are seen saying they are proud to represent Israel “and its capital Jerusalem.”

The British broadcast authority, which has often been charged with bias against Israel, has come under fire for listing “East Jerusalem” as the capital for the “Palestinian Olympic team” while leaving Israel listed without a capital.

After Israel and Jews around the world complained, the BBC partly corrected its mistake and stated that Israel’s “seat of government is Jerusalem” while still omitting Jerusalem as the capital. Continue Reading »