Next month, the German government will hold a ceremony to mark the 50th anniversary of the murder of the 11th martyrs at the 1972 Munich Olympic Games. In recent weeks, the families of the victims have been in a very difficult fight with the German government regarding the compensation they are demanding, as a jubilee after the shocking massacre. In response to the inadequate compensation that they claim Germany wants to grant Their families decided to boycott the ceremony.
Today, the chairman of the Israeli Olympic Committee - Yael Arad - issued a letter in which she called on the German government to end the saga. The German government to the negotiating team representing the families - unfortunately this mediation attempt was not successful when the German government is not ready to do historical justice and give the families and the rest the accepted compensation," Arad wrote.
"You must be reading in the Israeli and international media about the unfolding of the affair and at the same time about many new revelations as a result of the Germans' agreement after 50 years to open the archives and allow an in-depth study of the entire sequence of events. This is how you can learn about the many alerts received in Germany about the intentions to carry out a terrorist attack with international resonance on its soil Germany in September 1972".
Arad, photo: Oren Ben Hakon
Arad also wrote: "I was amazed to read in the article of the Israeli journalist Ronen Bergman - who revealed in Yediot Aharonot and the New York Times many details from conversations with German and international officials and perusal of many documents that were allowed for perusal - about what he calls the cover-up, the hiding, the ignoring of warnings and the scandalous manner in which the Germans conducted themselves after the disaster
There are 22 days left until the anniversary when the ceremony will take place in Munich and I want to believe that there will be a person in the German government who will be able to listen to the broad international community calling for a solution to the affair and connect all the dots and thus prevent the rupture, do historical justice and complete the agreements with the representatives of the families."
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