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The Munich Olympics : Great Disasters : Reform and Ramifications - Hal Marcovitz

The Munich Olympics

Great Disasters : Reform and Ramifications

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In 1948, thousands of Palestinian Arabs were displaced and driven into refugee camps when Israel's War of Independence officially established a long anticipated Jewish homeland. This was the start of decades of hatred for militant Palestinians against their Israeli enemies; a hatred that eventually turned to terrorism to voice their political message. The terrorist group Black September was formed in the early 1970s with the aim of moving the war the Israeli Olympic team competing at the 1972 Summer Games in Munich, Germany.

On September 5, eight Black September terrorists entered the Olympic Village, killing two Israeli athletes and taking nine others hostage. For most of the day, the drama was shown on television as Munich police officials vainly tried to negotiate with an anonymous gunman, his white hate pulled low over his eyes.

Finally, the confrontation ended in tragedy at an airfield outside Munich were police attempted an ill fated rescue mission. The very nature of the Olympics were changed forever, tinged with the politics and the horror of the Munich games. The shadow of Munich and Black September continues to hover over Israelis and Palestinians today s the Middle East perpetually teeters on the brink of war.

ISBN: 9780791069110
ISBN-10: 9780571231812
Series: Great Disasters, Reforms and Ramifications Ser.
Audience: Children
For Ages: 13+ years old
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 112
Published: 1st January 2002
Publisher: Facts On File, Incorporated
Dimensions (cm): 23.495 x 18.415