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After what she called their “lame excuses” Ankie says she came to one conclusion “it’s pure discrimination.  The athletes, they came from the ‘wrong ‘country, and they had the ‘wrong’ religion because otherwise there is no reason.  If it was the American Dream Team, I’m sure they would have said something.”  Two years ago, Ankie said, one of the Georgion lugers was killed in a training accident and at the opening ceremony, they had a minute of silence and lowered the flags and mentioned what happened and sent condolences to the families and to the friends and to his country – why can we not get this?” In 1992, she was told at the Olympics in Barcelona that there is a very strict protocol for the opening ceremony, and they can’t the minute of silence for the Israeli team in the protocol.  I said ‘well, I’m sure it wasn’t in the protocol either that my husband and his friends went home in coffins, so what is this nonsense?”

British officials have instated special security for Israeli athletes, keeping them in quarters apart from the general athletes’ village.   On Sunday, Defense Minister Ehud Barak said Israel is prepared and on alert for terror attacks at the London Olympics.  Barak made the statement at the Tel HaShomer army base, during a discussion of the volatile situation in Syria and the possibility that Hizbullah will hijack Syrian chemical or advanced weapons systems.

According to a report by Yahoo News, Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney has not issued a statement for or against the measure.

In 2002, on the 30th anniversary of the Munich massacre, the IOC rejected a request by families of the slain Israelis to commemorate the tragedy while Romney was CEO of the organizing committee for the Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City.

Funding for the Black September attack on the Israeli delegation in Munich was provided by then-Fatah official Mahmoud Abbas.  According to Abu Daoud, an attacker who survived the mission and who managed to thwart Israeli attempts to assassinate him, the mission was supported by PLO Chairman Yasser Arafat, who sent the team off with the blessing “Allah protect you”.

Abu Daoud died on July 3, 2010 in Syria of kidney failure at the age of 73.

About the Author: Malkah Fleisher is a graduate of Cardozo Law School in New York City. She is an editor/staff writer at JewishPress.com and co-hosts a weekly Israeli FM radio show. Malkah lives with her husband and two children on the Mount of Olives in Jerusalem.


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19 Responses to ““Baffled” Bob Costas To Call Own Minute of Silence During Olympic Broadcast”

  1. Allan Alan says:

    How about proofreading the article next time before you publish. The number of errors in diction and typography is astounding.

  2. Allan Alan says:

    This is a very important article. Thanks for bringing the subject to our attention.

  3. Uziyahu Ben-Adi says:

    I had no problem understanding it.

  4. that's what our astute crack readers are for – to correct our typos! For the record, though, isn't diction a matter of pronunciation and delivery?

  5. Anonymous says:

    46 "Arab" delegations? Let's call this what it is, the real reason for this denial; the "Islamic supremacist delegations." This reflects the predominant attitude of appeasement in the West, disguised as a concern for "Islamophobia," a term invented by Muslim activists to suppress freedom of speech. The West wrings its hands, gets on its knees and whines before its god of political correctness that has it wallowing in self imposed and entirely undeserved guilt. What are they afraid of? The violence sure to ensue from those who perpetually claim to be the victims of it with absolutely no evidence to support the claim. The West needs to take a stand. This is yet another opportunity that will be ignored, in essence, dhimmitude. Look it up.

  6. Yay, Bob Costas — Good for you!

  7. Good man, Bob! You have more character than the IOC. It is an ongoing disgrace that these slain men are so dishonored time and again by the cowards who refuse to face the truth nd do the right thing. For myself, I will watch the opening ceremony now that Bob Costas is doing the honorable thing, but not one more minute of he olympics.

  8. Thanks Bob for standing up for the delegates that lost their lives. We cannot forget them or the injustice. djdacosta, I agree with you comments as well as Frank Champagne. Bob Costas, I salute you. Bless you!

  9. Anya Khan says:

    to AA: Really! That is what you got from this article Jews were slaughtered for being Jews….and you are in a twist about typing.

  10. Penny Uliss says:

    Kol Ha'kavod Bob Costas!

  11. Eric Steinhardt says:

    I generally see Bob Costas a liberal weenie, but this…this is excellent. Echoing Penny Uliss' Kol Ha'Kavod!

  12. Nancy Kramer says:

    Excellent article..good for costas bucking the big boys on his own!

  13. Sari Alter says:

    and written by a Cardozo grad!!

  14. Thank you Bob Costas for doing the right &

  15. decent thing. It's unfortunate that you have to show the world what the Olympic committee should be showing the world. May you merit only good things in your life from doing this special good deed.

  16. Chaiya Eitan says:

    Go to FB page for NBC Sports and post a thank you. I couldn't find a page for Mr. Costas.

  17. Gracias Bob Costas por tan excelente artículo!

  18. Bob Costas, Thanks for showing integrity in this political correct world of ours.

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