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August 8, 2012 9:41 am

Olympic Jewish Gymanst Aly Raisman Cites 40th Anniversary of Slain Israelis After Winning Gold

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U.S. Gymnast Aly Raisman. Photo: Mercury News.

After a flawless floor routine, performed to the tune of “Hava Nagila”, U.S. gymnast Aly Raisman won her second gold medal at the 2012 Summer Olympics, and then invoked the memory of the 11 slain Israeli athletes and coaches killed at the 1972 Olympic Games in Munich.

“Having that floor music wasn’t intentional,” said Raisman, who became the first American woman to win gold in the floor exercise. “But the fact it was on the 40th anniversary is special, and winning the gold today means a lot to me.”

Confirming what she told The Algemeiner in July, Raisman, who is Jewish, remarked to reporters in London that she would have stood behind the decision to hold a minute of silence to commemorate the 40th anniversary of the murders in Munich, had the International Olympic Committee decided to agree to it.

“If there had been a moment’s silence, I would have supported it and respected it,” she said.

A petition started by  Ankie Spitzer, the widow of one of the slain Israeli team members, garnered significant attention around the world, and led politicians in the U.S., Canada, Israel, and Europe to support the cause.  Despite President Obama’s pledged support for the minute of silence, IOC President Jacques Rogge decided against it.

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  • I weep with appreciation for this young woman with the courage of Esther and her Jewish soul. Will send the article to my granddaughter. What a role model Aly is!

  • BETH MORRIS

    TEARS RUN DOWN MY CHEEKS AS I WAS AN AMERICAN CITIZEN LIVING IN ISRAEL AND THE SAME AGE AS ALY IS TODAY. I REMEMBER WATCHING THE MURDERS ON ISRAELI TV STUNNED AND MORTIFIED. I GIVE ALY CREDIT FOR STANDING UP TO THE WORLD AND EXPRESSING HER FEELINGS AND BELIEFS. SOMETHING THAT SHOULD NEVER BE FORGOTTEN.

  • Did any other Athletes from other nationalities in the London Olympics make such a wonderful and thoughtful gesture as the Italian team to Memorialize the Israeli athletes murdered by Palestinian-Arabs in the 1972 Munich Olympics,I somehow don’t think so! Jacques Rogge should be thoroughly ashamed of himself for giving into the disgusting sensibilities of the Arab and other Jew-hating & Israel- hating Islamic contingents to the London 2012 Olympics.

  • G_D bless her!!!
    Only ONE THING would have been better… if she had
    been there, as an athelete for ISRAEL! But, this will do!

  • E

    what a great thing to do, I envy her! What an opportunity!!

  • In heaven Marty Glickman and Sam Stoller are smiling at Aly Raisman’s accomplishments and cultural awareness.

  • Am Yisrael Chai

  • FREEPALESTINE

    I am only speaking of extremist Jewish Zionists. I’m a fighter for justice and peace for all! Please do not be prejudice and lable me as an “anti-semite”. I doubt you’ll post my truth speaking anyhow…

    • Wrong time. Wrong place….the time and place belong to Aly Raisman and the memory of those murdered by sociopaths at the 1972 Olympics.

  • seabee

    Aly is the classiest athlete at the 2012 Olympics. Sad that it took an 18-year-old from America to highlight the Munich murders of the Israeli athletes. And I’m Catholic.

    • David

      The Italian delegation went to the Israeli athletes compound and held a minute of silence in solidarity in front of their dormitories! I was very touched by their gesture!

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