By Khaled Abu Toameh Jerusalem Post

A combination photograph shows the 11 Israeli athletes and coaches who were murdered at the Munich Olympics in 1972 after the Palestinian Black September group took them hostage. Israel marked this week the 40th anniversary of the deaths of the athletes who were gunned down during a German attempt to rescue the hostages from the group.
The Palestinian Authority (PA) has thanked the International Olympic Committee for refusing to hold a minute of silence at Friday’s opening ceremony in London to mark the 40th anniversary of the murder of 11 Israeli sportsmen at the 1972 Munich Games.

Jibril Rajoub, head of the Palestinian Football Federation, sent a letter to IOC chairman Jacques Rogge thanking him for his position, the PA’s official news agency, Wafa, reported.

“Sports is a bridge for love, connection and relaying peace between peoples.
It should not be a factor for separation and spreading racism between peoples,” Rajoub, a former PA security commander, wrote in his letter.

Wafa said that he sent the letter to the IOC chairman on Tuesday.

A senior PA official in Ramallah confirmed that Rajoub had sent the letter and said that the Palestinians were opposed to “Israel’s attempts to exploit the Olympic Games for propaganda purposes.”

A senior government official responded to the Palestinian letter by saying that “if the leadership of the PA is not willing to disassociate itself from its terrorist past, and is unwilling to see the Munich massacre as a brutal act of terrorism, then in Israeli eyes there will be big questions regarding their true commitment to peace and reconciliation.”

Deputy Foreign Minister Danny Ayalon condemned the PA for terming as “racist” a moment of silence for the Israeli victims.

“No, the murder of Israelis because they are Israelis is racist, not the request to dignify and honor them,” Ayalon wrote on Facebook. “On the other hand, Palestinian Authority media refer to Munich terrorists as ‘stars’ whose path should be followed.”

“Now, more than ever, there needs to be a minute silence, not just to honor the eleven slain Israeli athletes but also to demonstrate opposition to those who laud murderers as heroes and call on others to follow suit.”

2 thoughts on “PA Thanks IOC for Refusing Munich Victims Commemoration

  • Dear Myles & Katherine,
    I heard about the denial of a moment of silence for the Israeli athletes slain in Munich. I remember vividly watching Jim McKay tell the athletes’ stories with such dignity and trying to be as cool as possible to prevent more murders. Unfortunately all efforts could not prevent this. I can only communicate my personal contempt for the PA’s dirty trick in sending a letter to prevent the minute of silence. Racist my a–. Killing athletes in the name for a political agenda is not honorable. I will pray for the Israeli athletes and please remember there is a ceremony at the END of the games. Get that moment of silence then and that chicken outfit called the IOC will do something. God knows and God will take care of His own.

  • The IOC and PA have no honor. They are both cowards and only stand for their own interests. This is the first Olympic Games since the 50’s that I am ignoring. The world has not come together in peace and fellowship. God help those who despitefully use the apple of His eye! The Lord will not tolerate it.

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