Tuesday, July 17, 2012
Why I'm Boycotting the Olympics; IOC Admits Muslims Prevented The Honoring of Murdered Israeli Athletes
The Olympics are due to start in London. But I will not be watching them, discussing them or even thinking about them, and I urge anyone with a claim to human decency to do the same.
In 1972, at the Olympics in Munich, 11 Israeli athletes were murdered by PLO terrorists. The games, of course, went on, and there has never been any effort to memorialize the victims.
On this, the 40th anniversary of this barbarism, the families of the victims, led by Munich widow Ankie Spitzer petitioned the International Olympic Committee to honor the memory of the murdered athletes with a minute of silence, something most western countries were in favor of:
Munich widow Ankie Spitzer spearheaded the campaign by launching an online protest, which has since garnered support from across political spectrums in several countries including Israel, Canada, the UK, Australia, the US, Belgium and Germany.
In the latest development, some 140 Italian parliamentarians signed a letter to [IOC president] Rogge this week, calling for minute’s silence to be instituted.
The appeal was driven by Italian Jewish MP Fianna Nirenstein, who is vice president of the parliamentary commission on foreign affairs, and who said the gesture would mark “a moment of pity for these murdered athletes and a firm condemnation of terror”.
In a letter launching her campaign for an official silence to mark the 40th anniversary of the Munich Massacres, Spitzer wrote:
“Silence is a fitting tribute for athletes who lost their lives on the Olympic stage. Silence contains no statements, assumptions or beliefs and requires no understanding of language to interpret.”
The Olympic Committee refused. And the reason is illuminating.
According to Mrs. Spitzer, Jacques Rogge, the president of the IOC told her when they met that 'his hands were tied' by the 46 Arab and Muslim members of the IOC.
She replied, “My husband’s hands were tied, not yours.”
The BBC,of all places, lends credence to this by mentioning as a genteel aside that the Arab and Muslim members threatened a walk out if the Israeli athletes were memorialized.
Yes, as if you didn't know it before, a substantial number of Muslim are just fine with terrorism, barbarism and murder if the targets are Jews. In Britain itself, the first move by the Muslim Council of Britain after it was formed in 2001 was to call for a ban on the UK's Holocaust Memorial Day. And British schools are now routinely banning teaching anything about the Holocaust for fear of 'contradicting versions of history in which pupils are steeped at home, in their community or in a place of worship.'
The IOC obviously concurs with this sort of pandering. And it easily meets Natan Sharansky's 3D test of anti-semitism.
So I'll be boycotting the Olympics this year, in thought, word, and deed and I urge you to do likewise. I won't watch the coverage, buy any of the merchandise or follow the games in any way.
They are unworthy of attention by anyone who still values what the Olympic spirit is supposedly about.
The one thing I will be doing is letting the suits at NBC and any company advertising themselves as Olympic sponsors know why.
That will be my moment of silence, my tribute. Call it one man's call for simple decency.
I hope you'll join me.