Jack E. Kemp
You can read some politically incorrect details that never made it into the press both recently and in 1972 concerning the Olympic Committee's anti-semitism.
Recently, new information about the Munich Massacre at the 1972 Olympic Games was released by German police as a result of pressure from German investigative reporters. It was reported that the "Black September” terrorists were helped by a Nazi group in Germany to get fake IDs, weapons and access to the Olympic Village.
This was not too shocking, as the head of the IOC in 1972 was Avery Brundage, a Nazi sympathizer and anti-Semite. His protege, Juan Samaranch, eventually served the second longest IOC term as president, but his support of Nazis and the Spanish dictator Francisco Franco was kept a dirty secret. Most IOC members knew the truth but stayed silent because he organized a regal lifestyle for them -- with money diverted from sport."
Gilady informed us that a moment of silence was not possible because if the IOC had a moment of silence for the Israeli athletes, they would also have to do the same for the Palestinians who died at the Olympics in 1972.
My mother said, "But no Palestinian athletes died."
Gilady responded, "Well, there were Palestinians who died at the 1972 Olympics."
I heard one of the widows say to Gilady, "Are you equating the murder of my husband to the terrorists that killed
The article goes on to detail how one Israeli team member was castrated by the terrorists at or near death from other wounds and his genitals were stuffed in his mouth. Neither Walter Cronkite or Brian Williams were/are ready to mention that level of barbaric detail on the evening news. It is not good that this happened but it is good that these Israelis are willing to talk about it openly - and some outlets, notably the internet, are willing to post these details.
In 1972, I was working on the public campgrounds of Kibbutz Neve Yam, on the Mediterranean coast just south of Haifa and Atlit, where Adolph Eichmann had been held in secret before his trial in Jerusalem over a decade earlier. My boss on the campsite, Eli, had a television set up in a small building on the grounds that served as his office. We would watch the games, mostly an American television highlights feed with Israeli commenters, and now recall the surprise and pride a young Israeli boy as he heard from us that Esther Shahamorov had qualified for the 100 meter high hurdles semifinals ("ha hetzi gemer?!"). Esther would leave Munich before that race because of the Munich Massacre of her male teammates. We watched reports of the negotiations and the botched rescue attempt. And we watched a funeral service in Munich where a rabbi intoned prayers in Hebrew.