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Jewish Athletes Return to Berlin 79 Years After Hitler’s Olympics

Tuesday, July 21st, 2015

(JNi.media) From July 27 to August 5, the 14th European Maccabi Games will take place in Berlin. It’s Europe’s biggest Jewish sports event, and it will take place in Germany—for the first time in its history. As the event’s website puts it, “Jewish athletes were excluded from the Olympic Games in 1936,” but, this summer, “thousands will send a message for tolerance and openness and against anti-Semitism and racism.”

Actually, Jews were not officially excluded in 1936, although it was no fun being a Jew in Berlin back then, or being a Jewish athlete. Reich Chancellor Adolf Hitler saw the Games as an opportunity to promote his idea of racial supremacy, and the official Nazi paper, the Völkischer Beobachter, wrote that Jews should not be allowed to participate, but when the games were threatened with a boycott by some nations, Hitler acquiesced and allowed every ethnic group to participate.

He regretted it when African American athlete Jesse Owens set the world record in the long jump with a leap of 26 ft 8 in. His record stood for 25 years, far outlasting the Third Reich. Hitler left the stadium in a huff.

German Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere told RBB radio: “This is the stadium where the Olympic games were exploited by Hitler. To hold on that spot a Jewish sporting event like the Maccabi Games, that is an important and nice message.”

“More than 2,000 Jewish sportswomen and sportsmen from more than 36 countries will compete against each other in 19 disciplines in Berlin’s Olympic Park,” declares the games’ website.

No place like Berlin for discipline…

President of Maccabi Germany Alon Meyer told AP the decision to host the Jewish Games in Berlin, although difficult, is a “signal of reconciliation” 70 years after the end of World War II.

“There were a lot of people who said that they would never in their lives step again on German soil and we have to respect that,” Meyer told foreign reporters on Monday.

However, he noted, “we are a new generation … and the question of guilt is long resolved.”

There you go.

The 13th European Maccabi Games were held in 2011 in Vienna, Austria, and it was the largest gathering of Jews in that city since the Holocaust.

We have to stop meeting like this…

Daniel Collins, head of the UK delegation to the Games, told The Guardian: “I doubt any games anywhere will be as emotionally charged as this one; thousands of Jewish people parading in the Olympic stadium, which houses such meaning, not only to the world’s Jewish community, but to the world’s sporting community.”

Israeli Wins Gold Medal At European Judo Competition

Saturday, June 27th, 2015

An Israeli judo competitor, Sagi Muki, on Friday won the gold medal in the European Games in Baku, Azerbaijan, by defeating Georgian opponent Nugzari Tatalashvli in the 73-kilogram (161-pound) weight class. The win marks Israel’s first gold medal in that competition.

“I managed to grab the opponent after he made a mistake, and I scored an ippon (the highest score a competitor can achieve in a Japanese martial arts contest),” Muki told Sport TV. “I wasn’t in a rush, and I took advantage of the opportunity that I got. I’m ecstatic.”

Muki will be awarded $10,500 (40,000 shekels) from the Israeli Olympic Committee for his victory.

Rajoub Warns He May Try to Oust Israel from the Olympics

Tuesday, June 2nd, 2015

Jibril Rajoub, the Palestinian Authority’s FIFA soccer official who failed to remove Israel from the organization last week, now is going for the Olympics.

He told a welcome home crowd of 2,000 people in Jericho last night:

 If Israel does not change its attitude towards the settlements and continues to be racist against Palestinians, there will be an acceleration of moves with the possibility of ousting it from the Olympics.

Rajoub deserves the idiot’s gold medal for failure and buffoonery.

He also deserves to be in jail, at best, for terrorist attacks against Israel and for which he was sentenced to life, which in Israel means a few months or years before being released in exchange for a hostage or dead bodies.

Rajoub also is a former head of the security forces of Yasser Arafat before he was fired.

Today, he wears three kefiyahs. He heads the Palestinian Authority Soccer organization, is minister of sport and is chairman of the Palestinian Olympic Committee.

Palestinian Authority chairman Mahmoud Abbas reportedly opposed Rajoub’s attempt to remove Israel from FIFA and wants to oust him from his position, and for good reason.

Rajoub’s mouth, or more accurately his so-called mind, has made the Palestinian Authority look even more of a disaster than it is.

Last year, he said that if he had a nuclear weapon in his hands, he would drop it on Israel.

In 2012, called a request for a minute of silence to remember the 11 Israeli athletes murdered at the Munich Olympics by Palestinian militants in 1972 “racist.”

And a year before, he called as speech by President Barack Obama “idiotic” and that it sounded like a speech of a student leader in a university.”

He may right on the last count, but that is beside the point.

Like Arab “victories” after disastrous wars against Israel, Rajoub is claiming his defeat last week was a triumph because FIFA agreed to establish a committee to discuss Palestinian Authority claim.

According to Rajoub:

The world supports the Palestinian Authority move against Israel but wants proof and set up a committee to examine racism in Israel and its teams in the settlements [Judea and Samaria]. If the investigative committee confirms the charges of Israeli racism in soccer, there will be a vote to expel Israel from FIFA.

Yaakov Finkelstein, an Israeli diplomat from the Foreign Ministry’s team in Zurich, said the result at the FIFA Congress “was more of an achievement to Israel than the Palestinians. The Palestinians scored our own goal by putting too much pressure on suspending Israel from FIFA and eventually when they realized that they do not have the necessary majority, they decided to back off.”

Rajoub deserves the last word, and he has it with a sensational statement he made last night:

Sport  should be separated from politics.

Isn’t that funny? That is exactly what FIFA president  Sepp Blatter said in his objections to  Rajoub’s move to mix politics and sport.

Israeli Firm Wins $2.2 Billion Contract for Security at 2016 Olympics

Sunday, October 26th, 2014

The Olympic Committee and the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympiad have selected Israeli security company ISDS to provide security for the event with a $2.2 billion budget, Israel Defense reported.

ISDS will be responsible for consultation and supply services to protect the Olympics, the world’s largest sporting event.

“We already have teams operating in Brazil, and unofficially operated there during the World Cup last summer,” said ISDS vice president Ron Shafran.

“Since it was announced that Brazil would host the Olympic Games, we have greatly expanded our activity in the country,” he added. “Our teams are already preparing for the Olympics, designing our security concept and building technological systems to be installed at the various facilities where the competitions will take place in Rio and four other regions around the country. The games will begin on August 5, 2016, and will continue until December 2016, including the special Olympics.”

He said ISDS will “bring the right technologies from Israel and the rest of the world. We’ll also include small and medium-sized Israeli companies – ones with big solutions….

“This whole business will be an incubator for Israeli technologies and solutions in these areas.”

Israeli Windsurfer Shahar Zubari Takes Gold at World Cup

Sunday, October 20th, 2013

Israeli windsurfer Shahar Zubari won a gold medal at the Sailing World Cup in China, finishing first in in the men’s RS:X on Saturday in Qingdao.

Israeli Maayan Davidovich took the bronze medal in the women’s RS:X.

In 2008, Zubari won the bronze in the RS:X at the Beijing Olympics and the world championships.

Plans for Munich Olympics Memorial Unveiled

Sunday, September 8th, 2013

Plans for a memorial in Munich to 11 Israelis and a German police officer murdered at the 1972 Summer Olympics there were unveiled on Wednesday, the eve of Rosh HaShanah, at the Bavarian Ministry of Education and Cultural Affairs.

The planned hall of remembrance is slated to be built near the site that housed the games and will cost 1.7 million euros (approximately $2.25 million). It will allow visitors to learn about the events and the victims — 11 Israeli athletes and coaches along with the police officer — as well as to view the site of the failed rescue attempt at the Furstenfeldbruck airfield. Ultimately the airport’s tower will be included in the memorial, which is scheduled to be completed by 2016.

The memorial was designed by a team under the auspices of the ministry in consultation with relatives of the victims, the consul general of Israel, experts from the concentration camp memorial at Flossenburg, the Jewish Museum in Munich and the Bavarian State Ministry for Political Education.

Israeli Foreign Ministry department manager for Western Europe Ilan Ben Dov called the 1972 attack “a trauma for my entire generation” and added, “Every Israeli group that comes to Germany as part of a youth exchange and educational cooperation should visit this site.”

Israeli Olympic Team Announced

Monday, June 25th, 2012

The Olympic Committee of Israel approved its list of 36 athletes to compete in the 2012 Summer Olympics in London on Sunday.

A final spot will be reserved for a youth ticket to be earned pending the outcome of the European Athletics Championships.

Male Representatives of Israel are Zohar Zemiro for Marathon, Misha Zilberman for Singles Badminton, Alexander Shatilov and Felix Aronovich for Artisitic Individual All-around Gymnastics, Golan Pollack, Ioseb Palelashvili and Ariel Zeevi for Judo, Shahar Zubari for Sailboard, Gideon Kliger and Eran Sela for  470 Sailing, Sergy Rikhter for 10 meter rifle shooting, and Nimrod Shapira Bar-Or, Imri Ganiel, Yonatan Kopelev, Gal Nevo and Yakov-Yan Toumarking for  Swimming races,

Female Representatives of Israel are Jillian Schwartz for Pole vault, Valeria Maksiuta for Artisitic Individual All-around Gymnastics, Neta Rivkin for Rhythmic Individual All-around Gymnastics, Alice Schlesinger for  Judo, Lee Korzits for Sailboard, Nufar Edelman for Laser Radial Sailing, Vered Buskila and Gil Cohen for 470 Sailing, Amit Ivry for Swimming races, Anastasia Gloushkov and Inna Yoffe for Synchronized Swimming, and Shahar Peer for Singles Tennis.

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