September 27, 2000 |
To remember the dead is to honor their memory, and as a light rain began to fall Tuesday a white-bearded rabbi leaned into the wind and intoned the words of the Kaddish, the prayer that Jews have recited for centuries as a passage of mourning. In solemn ceremonies, hundreds of people gathered in the courtyard of a Sydney school to remember and to dedicate a monument to the 11 Israeli athletes and coaches killed by Arab terrorists at the 1972 Olympic Games in Munich.
July 15, 1998 |
The fields are rocky and uneven, the hot dogs are strictly kosher, and the ballplayers sometimes struggle to keep their prayer shawls in place as they pitch. Improbable as it seems, baseball, the all-American pastime already popular in Japan, Latin America and parts of Europe, is making inroads in Israel.
July 28, 1996 |
The sanctity and serenity of the Olympic Games were split early in the morning of Sept. 5, 1972, when Palestinian commandos, some dressed as athletes, scaled an eight-foot wire fence in the Olympic athletes' village at Munich, carrying bags stuffed with submachine guns. The eight men advanced on Building 31, which housed the men in the Israeli delegation. At 4:55 a.m. Moshe Weinberg, the Israeli wrestling coach, answered a knock on his door.
September 5, 1992 |
Lessons in tolerance are needed to quell the rightist violence gripping Germany, an official said Friday during a ceremony marking the 20th anniversary of the 1972 massacre at the Munich Olympics. The 11 Israelis killed by Arab terrorists were remembered by their relatives, representatives of the Israeli Embassy and German officials. During the commemoration, Munich's Deputy Mayor Christian Ude said vigilance is still necessary to "resist anti-Semitism and hate of foreigners."
August 8, 1992 |
Images collide in Uri Afek's head as he strolls through the seaside Olympic Village. He sees a performance in Germany of "Fiddler on the Roof" 20 years ago, the preface to disaster. He sees the heart-stopping instant of this Spanish summer when a wiry sabra wins the first Olympic medal in Israeli history. And he sees the excitement at Lod Airport next Monday when Israel will welcome its athletes home from Barcelona.
August 2, 1992 |
Once again, here's proof that timing is everything. After never having won an Olympic medal, Israel got its first Thursday night in the women's half-middleweight class of judo when Yael Arad took the silver. It was a moment greeted with deep emotion and great joy, both at the venue and in Israel. The next night, 22-year-old judo competitor Shay Oren Smadga of Israel earned a bronze in the men's lightweight division.