In September 1972, eleven Israeli athletes were taken hostage and then murdered by Palestinian Black September “freedom fighters” during the Olympic Games in Munich, Germany. Ultimately, their only crime was their Jewishness, though the terrorists depicted their action as an attempt to have Palestinian prisoners released from Israeli jails.
With the fortieth anniversary of this ignoble event coming up, Israel asked the International Olympic Committee (IOC) to commemorate it by a moment of silence during this summer’s London Olympic Games. As is sadly typical for international organizations nowadays, the IOC refused to honor the dead Jews, other than by a mealymouthed statement by IOC President Jacques Rogge that: “What happened in Munich in 1972 strengthened the determination of the Olympic Movement to contribute more than ever to building a peaceful and better world by educating young people through sport practiced without discrimination of any kind and in the Olympic spirit.”
The underlying issue, apparently, was that a minute of silence on behalf of murdered Jews would “politicize” the Olympic Games, which is contrary to the Olympic spirit.
Trouble is, the IOC hasn’t had any problems with “politicizing” the Games before. In 1996, for instance, the then-IOC President Juan Antonio Samaranch also refused to honor the dead Jewish athletes, but he had no trouble pontificating about the war in the former Yugoslavia and the need to rebuild Sarajevo.
Apparently, IOC apparatchiki may discuss fighting in (Moslem) Bosnia ad nauseam, but a minute of silence on behalf of Jewish athletes murdered during the Olympic Games is unacceptable “politicization.”
Oh, Cowardly New World!