Sunday, August 15, 2004

Ignore Munich Massacre, Express Solidarity with Palestinian People

As is my habit, I was reading Little Green Footballs and saw this excerpt from Debbie Schlussel:

To date, the IOC refuses to allow any memorial to these athletes who gave their lives for this "holy" commercial extravaganza, which today might be called the BALCO Games (in honor of the steroid producer who seems to be unofficial chief sponsor).

At the 2002 Sydney Summer Games, IOC officials loudly disavowed any connection to a memorial to the slain Israeli athletes, and worse, denounced the memorial. At the 1996 Atlanta Games, the IOC refused to organize a commemorative ceremony for the slain athletes, lest the Olympics dare offend the new Palestinian Olympic Team. (Unlike the rest of the world, the IOC already recognizes "Palestine" as a state.)"It's not the IOC's policy to stage special ceremonies," IOC director general Francois Carrard told USA Today.

Not surprisingly, that's a lie. At the 2002 Winter Games in Salt Lake City, the IOC spent lavishly on an exorbitant Alvin Ailey choreographed dance tribute to memorialize the late Olympic Gold Medalist Florence Griffith "Flo-Jo" Joyner—even though, unlike the murdered Israeli athletes, her death was not Olympic- or even sports-related.

In contrast to the dead Israelis who still have no Olympic memorial or any Olympic recognition whatsoever, the IOC and the rest of the world consistently worships and sacrifices at the alter of the terrorists who murdered them.

Just months after he masterminded the murder of the Israeli athletes, Arafat and his Palestinian terrorists were rewarded with an official Palestinian mission to the United Nations. Terrorism pays."

Then read what the Jerusalem Post is reporting:

"Reigning judo world champion Arash Miresmaeili of Iran was scheduled to face Israeli judoka Udi Vaks Sunday morning at 10:30 a.m. in the under-66 kg division.

When weighed prior to the match, Miresmaeili weighed in at above the maximum of 66 kg, disqualifying him from the round. Israeli athletes said they suspected that the Iranian team stuffed Miresmaeili with food before he was weighed to intentionally disqualify him from facing his Israeli opponent, Army Radio reported. Vaks won the round on technicality, and he will compete later Sunday against an Egyptian or Algerian opponent instead.

The Islamic Republic News Agency quoted Miresmaeili on Sunday explaining his reasons for forfeiting the match. "Even though I trained for months, and even though I am in good shape, I refused to compete against the Israeli opponent in order to express my sympathy with the suffering of the Palestinian people. I do not regret my decision," he said."

In the ongoing struggle to remain politically correct, is the day so far off that International Olympic Committee will take action to ban Israeli athletes from competition all together?

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