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July 26, 2012 9:45 am

IOC President Rogge Refuses to Answer “Anti-Israeli ” Question

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Two widows of Israelis slain at the 1972 Munich Olympics – including Ankie Spitzer who is leading the charge for a minute of silence at this Saturday’s opening Olympic ceremony for the 11 Israelis killed at the 72′ Games – met with International Olympic Committee President Jacques Rogge yesterday, and say that Rogge refused to answer their question as to whether or not he was denying the minute of silence request because the slain athletes and coaches were Israeli, according to the Jewish Chronicle.

“For one moment I thought he was swaying and I pleaded with him do the right thing, the thing we all ask for,” Spitzer said. “I asked him ‘is it because they were Israelis?’ and he didn’t answer.”

Spitzer’s call for a minute of silence to mark the 40th anniversary of the 1972 murders of 11 Israeli athletes and coaches by Palestinian terrorists has been supported by world leaders including President Obama, Mitt Romney and others.

Ilano Romano joined Spitzer for Wednesday’s meeting with Rogge and the two women handed the IOC chief a petition signed by 105,000 people in support of the minute of silence.  However, Rogge, who has consistently said that the opening ceremony is not the right place for such a memorial, reiterated his opposition to the idea.

On Monday, Rogge held a moment of silence inside the Olympic village where athletes and coaches from around the world are staying ahead of the upcoming summer games in London.

“I was looking him in the eye but he said we had two different opinions,” Spitzer stated.  “We said ‘you didn’t hear the voice of the world’. He said: ‘Yes I did’.”

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  • Moyshe

    Max, my reply in intended for you. I will simply mention that I am a survivor of the Holocaust and you’ll immediatly understand that I can only agree with everything you say.
    All through my years, I have seen rampant stupidity when it come to Israel and Judaism in general.
    I do not even bother “taking on” verbally or in any other way anyone who starts a diatribe on the topics. I have found out that “the other guy” wants to get to my goat, aggravate me and is trying to convince me that his second-hand knowledge is the truth, even though he probably can’t even spell correctly the word “no.”
    I consider the source. I remain a quiet gentleman, I don’t say “booh!” because I DO NOT LOWER MYSELF… I politely smile and let the potz empty his incisive verbal diarrhea…

  • Ben Crockley

    It’s quite amazing that only crimes against Israel seem to be brought to the top of the media’s attention. Whereas all the crimes that Israel commits seem to be brushed of as collateral for ‘maintaining security’. Israel is not a fair country, and continues to defy international law.

    • Max

      @Ben Crockley
      crimes that Israel commits????

      WHAT CRIMES????

      guys go back to school and learn history of Israel……………

      If you are so sure that Palestine, the country, goes back through most of recorded history, I expect you to be able to answer a few basic questions about this country of Palestine:
      When was it founded and by whom?
      What were its borders?
      What was its capital?
      What were its major cities?
      What constituted the basis of its economy?
      What was its form of government?
      Can you name at least one Palestinian leader before Arafat?
      Was Palestine ever recognized by a country whose existence, at that time or now, leaves no room for interpretation?
      What was the language of the country of Palestine?
      What was the prevalent religion of the country of Palestine?
      What was the name of its currency? Choose any date in history and tell what was the approximate exchange rate of the Palestinian monetary unit against the US dollar, German mark, GB pound, Japanese yen, or Chinese yuan on that date.
      Since there is no such country today, what caused its demise and when did it occur?
      And here is the least sarcastic question of all: If the people you mistakenly call ‘Palestinians’ are anything but generic Arabs collected from all over – or thrown out of — the Arab world, if they really have a genuine ethnic identity that gives them right for self-determination, why did they never try to become independent until Arabs suffered their devastating defeat in the Six Day War?”

      Mr. Sagamori stated the facts correctly. There has never been a land known as Palestine governed by Palestinians. Palestinians are regular Arabs, indistinguishable from Jordanians, Syrians, Lebanese, Iraqis, Egyptians, etc., who have all lived for hundreds of years under Turkish rule, and then, after World War I, under British rule. At that time even Jews living in the Holy Land were called “Palestinians.” There is no language known as Palestinian. There is no distinct Palestinian culture. There is no such an entity as a “Palestinian people.”

      The name “Palestine” was created in the second century after the Romans committed genocide against the Jews, burnt the Temple and declared that the land of Israel would be no more. From then on, the Romans promised, it would be known as Palestine. The name was derived from the Philistines, a Goliathian people conquered by the Jews centuries earlier. It was a way for the Romans to add insult to injury. (They also tried to change the name of Jerusalem to Aelia Capitolina, but that had even less staying power.)

    • Asher Garber

      Yeah… it’s such a crime that Israel exists, right Ben? Because, as only you can tell us, it’s the Zionist controlled history that actually details the diplomatic efforts utilized by world Jewry starting in the mid-19th century with private land purchases from the Ottoman’s. And it’s only Zionist controlled history that details the porous borders of Western Palestine (as opposed to Eastern Palestine which we all know became the rightfully created, Jew-free Transjordan with a 74% cut of the Palestine Mandate once taken over by the Brits after WWI) which saw the Arab population jump hundredfold once the Jews really started moving to the region.

      Stay classy, Ben. Remain flummoxed by your own hatred, and then play the victim card, won’t you?

    • Dan M

      Yes, Ben. Defense. Becauase Israel is under constant threat of terror attack, rocket attack, military attack, and so on. If Israel wasn’t willing to defend itself at all times it would have long ago disappeared. Israel will always do everything in its power to defend its citizens from brutal and unrelenting Palestinian terror. You would expect that same from your government if you were in the same position.

  • Sam Spade


    • Ben

      No, all that stuff is true

  • Max

    Jacques Rogge ??

    IOC is suppose to protect all the participants however it turned out that IOC and Germany completely failed and 1972 Munich Olympics, it was a disaster.
    Regardless slain Israeli athletes and coaches murdered by Palestinian / Arab terrorists were Israelis or not they surely deserve 1 minute of our time and silence.
    IOC and Germany should apologies for failure to protect slain Israeli athletes.
    Jacques Rogge shame on you……………………..