Given that the murder of 11 Israeli athletes is not an event worth commemoration at the Olympics, we'll have our own small memorial service. Let's take a look at the murderers:
"Yasser Arafat's PLO was directly responsible for the assault on Israel's athletes at the 1972 Munich Olympics, one of the men who oversaw the attack has confirmed 27 years later. Abu Daoud, currently a member of the Palestine National Council, made the admission in his French-language autobiography, "Palestine: From Jerusalem to Munich," which was launched in Paris on Monday. Daoud, whose real name is Mohammed Daoud Machmoud Auda, was a leader of Black September, a terrorist group which the PLO claimed it had no links with, but which experts have long said was a deniable, covert PLO unit. In his book, he says the gunmen had not intended to kill the 11 Israelis who died after being taken hostage at the Olympic Village. However he offered no apology, blaming German police and Israeli Prime Minister Golda Meir for their deaths. Daoud writes that Arafat had been briefed on the planning for Munich by his PLO number two, Abu Iyad (Salah Khalaf), who was subsequently assassinated by another Palestinian group. He says Arafat and two other men saw him off on the mission with the words, "Allah protect you."
On September 5, 1972, eight heavily-armed Black September terrorists stormed the Israeli team's apartment, killing an athlete and a coach in the process. They took nine others hostage, and demanded that Meir release 234 Arab prisoners in Israeli jails and two German terrorist leaders imprisoned in Frankfurt in return for their safe release. They also wanted safe passage out of Germany. The 17-hour standoff ended when German police snipers tried to shoot the terrorists at a German air base where a jetliner was standing by, ostensibly to fly them to Cairo. In the ensuing gunbattle, all nine of the blindfolded Israeli hostages, five of the Arab gunmen, and a German policeman were killed. Daoud said the two Israelis killed early in the attack had to die because they had threatened their captors. The German police, he said, had broken their pledge to let the gunmen go by opening fire. He also sought to place blame on Meir for refusing to give in to the demands to free the Arab prisoners. Daoud cited press reports saying that eight of the nine Israelis were shot by the Germans. Other reports from the time say five of the Israelis died from a terrorist handgrenade detonated in their midst, and the other four were shot dead by the terrorists.
Although this is said to be the first public acknowledgment that the PLO was behind Munich, Daoud himself essentially admitted this when under interrogation by Jordanian police in 1972. The Al-Dustur newspaper quoted him at the time as telling them: "There is no such organization called Black September. Fatah announces its own operations under this name so that Fatah will not appear as the direct executor of the operation." Fatah is Arafat's faction of the PLO."Munich OlympicsHat tip: selpaw