Monday, September 26

A security employee is arrested for giving the Nazi salute in front of Israeli athletes in Munich

A German security employee was arrested this Wednesday after giving the Nazi salute to a group of Israeli athletes who were visiting the monument to the athletes killed in the attack at the Munich Olympics in 1972. As reported by the newspaper ‘Süddeutsche Zeitung’, the case will be taken over by prosecutor Andreas Franck, who specializes in anti-Semitism cases.

The 19-year-old, born in Berlin, is accused of using the symbols of organizations that are enemies of the Constitution, which, according to the German Penal Code, can be punished with penalties ranging from a fine to three years in prison. In addition, the police have indicated that three other employees of the Berlin security company, hired by the European Athletics organization, were unaware of the situation.

The events come just one day after Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas refused to condemn the 1972 attack and instead compared Israeli policy to the Holocaust.

In the Munich Olympic Park there are several places that commemorate the 11 athletes killed on September 5, 1972 by the Palestinian terrorist organization ‘Black September’.

Since 1995, a sculpture by Fritz König has engraved the names of the victims Mosche Weinberg, Yossef Romano, Zeev Friedman, David Mark Berger, Yakov Springer, Eliezer Halfin, Yossef Gutfreund, Kehat Shorr, Mark Slavin, André Spitzer and Amitzur Schapira in Hebrew letters. The name of the policeman Anton Fligerbauer, who died in an attempt to free the kidnapped athletes, is engraved in Latin letters.

In Conollystrasse, the place where the Israeli Olympic team was staying, there is only one plaque that commemorates the dead who are simply said to have “died a violent death”, without pointing out those responsible.

72 Israeli athletes participated in the European Athletics Championships, after Israel’s team gold in the marathon, just 50 years after the attack, the Israeli anthem was heard in Munich.

The anniversary of the attack has revived the debate about adequate compensation from Germany to the relatives of the victims.