A member of the Palestinian terrorist group Black September appears on the balcony of the Israeli house at the Munich Olympic village on September 5, 1972.
(photo credit: AFP PHOTO)
It was 43 years ago to the day when a group of armed terrorists from the radical Palestinian faction Black September snuck into the section of the Olympic Village housing the Israeli athletes and took 11 of them hostage during the Munich summer games.
After the Israeli government refused the terrorists' demands to release jailed Palestinians, the athletes were then ushered to an airport, where German authorities staged a failed attempt to extricate the athletes.
All 11 Israeli hostages were killed, while a number of Black September gunmen died in gunfights with German police.
The Anti-Defamation League on Friday paid homage to the murdered athletes.
“We remember one of the darkest days in modern Olympic history and commemorate the 43rd anniversary of the tragic murder of the entire Israeli Olympic team at the hands of Palestinian terrorists,” ADL chief Jonathan Greenblatt said.
“We also honor the steadfast commitment of the families of the slain athletes who have valiantly sought to have the memory of their loved ones forever preserved by the International Olympic Committee. On this somber occasion, the families’ vision of a lasting memorial to their loved ones is closer to being realized.”
“There will finally be both a sense of closure for the families and a fitting monument to the tragic memory of this monstrous act of terrorism.”