Sunday, September 10, 2017

Germany: Munich’s new memorial to the slain Israeli athletes is meaningless and offensive

Via Tablet Magazine (Liel Leibovitz):
Israeli president Reuven Rivlin and German president Frank-Walter Steinmeier unveiled a memorial in Munich today commemorating the 11 Israeli athletes murdered by Palestinian terrorists in the city’s Olympic village 45 years ago this week. 
The memorial cost more than $2.7 million to erect, and features black-and-white photographs of the victims, including a German police officer killed in a botched attempt to rescue the hostages. Both leaders called the tribute “overdue,” and it is. It’s also, sadly, deeply misguided and offensive. 
Nowhere on the new memorial does it say that the Germans were tipped off about the pending attack three weeks before it happened by a credible source in Beirut, but failed to do anything. 
Nowhere is it recorded that, as Der Spiegel uncovered five years ago, German officials met with Black September’s Abu Youssef, the attack’s mastermind, just months after the massacre in order to “create a new basis of trust,” agreed to upgrade the group’s status from terrorist organization to resistance group, and allowed the PLO to send a colleague of the Munich murderers as its emissary to Bonn. 
Nowhere does it say that, as newly revealed documents show, the German authorities at the time refused to stop the Olympic games even as the hostage situation was unfolding in large part because they had nothing better to air on TV. 
Nowhere does it indicate that, as we’ve learned from the testimony of the head of the Mossad at the time of the attack, Tzvi Zamir, the German authorities made no effort whatsoever to save not only the lives of the Israelis but of their own police officers as well. “The Germans,” Zamir told then prime minister Golda Meir, “do not value human life.” 
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