London Olympic Jewish Organizing Committee

Munich Tragedy, Security Loom Over Olympics

London Jewish community, on high alert, to remember slain Israelis.

07/17/2012
Staff Writer

Separated by 40 years and 569 miles, the shadow of Munich — and the bloody terrorism that took place in the Bavarian city in 1972 — falls over London this year.

On the eve of the 30th Olympic Games, increased concerns about security, about a commemoration for the 11 Israelis who were murdered in 1972 at the Summer Olympics in Munich, and about athletes who may refuse to compete against Israelis (all a legacy of the 1972 Games) mark an increasingly politicized Olympic movement.

British security personnel patrol an Olympic site in London. Israeli Olympic team, inset, after terror attack at Munich Games.
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