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Israel, Germany Remember Victims of 1972 Munich Olympics Attack

President Rivling at memorial for 1972 Munich Olympics (Photo: Amos Ben Gershom/GPO)

Forty-five years ago, on September 5, 1972, Palestinian terrorists took members of the Israeli Olympic team hostage in Munich, ultimately murdering eleven of them. The Jerusalem Post reports that this week, Israeli President Reuven Rivlin visited Germany to help inaugurate a memorial to the victims:

German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier and his Israeli counterpart Reuven Rivlinattended the inauguration of the "Munich 1972 massacre memorial" at Munich's Olympic Park, 45 years after the attack by Palestinian gunmen.

"Relatives of the victims and the state of Israel waited almost half a century for this moment," Rivlin said. "45 years have passed for an official Israeli delegation to return to this place. The Munich Olympics became the blood Olympics."

Members of the Israeli Olympic team were taken hostage on September 5, 1972, at the poorly secured athletes village by Palestinians from the Black September group.

Eleven Israelis, a German policeman as well as five of the Palestinian gunmen died after a stand-off at the village and then a nearby airfield, as police rescue efforts failed.

The memorial offers some comfort for relatives who have also long demanded a minute’s silence at the Opening Ceremonies of Olympics Games, only to be consistently turned down by the IOC...

Tags: History , Israel , Terrorism

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