Thursday, May 24, 2012

Picture: Politics As Usual At The London Olympics: Israel is Located In Europe

The International Olympic Committee has made it clear that it will not comply with Israel's request for a moment of silence to commemorate the 40th anniversary of the Munich Massacre when 11 Israeli athletes were brutally murdered by Palestinian terrorists.

The IOC claims that they have "officially paid tribute to the memory of the athletes on several occasions" and "within the Olympic family, the memory of the victims of the terrible massacre in Munich in 1972 will never fade away."


That is a lie. Bridget Johnson notes that the same fear that prevents the IOC from commemorating the murder of Olympic athletes because they are Israeli, also reduces the International Olympic Committee to craven submission:

The IOC has never held a ceremony for the slain Israelis at the Olympic Games, but sends a representative to the ceremony held by the Israel National Olympic Committee at each Games. Ayalon said the response “told us as Israelis that this tragedy is yours alone and not a tragedy within the family of nations.” Berman and Ros-Lehtinen called the attendance at the Israelis’ own ceremony “insufficient.”
Johnson also writes that just how far the International Olympic Committee will go to comply with political pressure can be seen by how they list Israel on their website for National Olympic Committees.

The Olympics website has Israel in Europe:

While the Palestinian Territory is located with the rest of the Middle East in Asia

One doesn't have to worry about politics entering the Olympics.
Politics is alive and all too well at the London Olympics 2012.

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1 comment:

piombo said...

That's because the AGF/AOC kicked Israel out.