The 2012 Olympics coming up is also the 40th Anniversary of the infamous “Munich Massacre” where a large number of Israeli athletes were kidnapped and eventually murdered by a number of Palestinian guerillas who were members of Fatah and more specifically the Black September organization(so named after King Hussein’s crushing of their attempted takeover of Jordan).
The Israelis asked the IOC to hold a moment of silence during the upcoming Olympics in remembrance of those dead athletes and the IOC refused saying they didn’t want to take sides.
The question I pose for the debate is whether or not the IOC is making the right decision or whether or not they should have held a moment of silence in remembrance of the “Munich massacre”?
My own opinion is that I think they should have done so. I’m no fan or supporter of Israel, but if there is such a thing as terrorism it was certainly a horrific act of terrorism and connected to the Olympics and if it had been some IRA guerillas who had murdered some British athletes or some PKK guerillas had killed some Turkish athletes I don’t think we’d be having this discussion.
I’m also sympathetic to those who say, “Well, they’re not holding a moment of silence for the Palestinians who’ve been ethnically cleansed or murdered by the Israelis” and certainly can understand people frustrated that vastly more people are aware of “the Munich Massacre” then Deir Yassin, Kibbiya, or Kfar Kassem, but the murdered innocents of Munich were connected to the Olympics whereas the Palestinians massacred in those other atrocities were not.
Similarly, nobody is demanding a moment of silence for the victims of the Mt. Scopus massacre or the children killed in the Coastal Road Massacre of 1978, both of which were attacks in which vastly more innocent civilians were murdered than at Munich nor would it make sense to have a moment of silence for them since those attacks were not connected to the Olympics.
Anyway, I wanted to see what others think.