September 5th 1972: Munich Massacre
On this day in 1972, the Palestinian terrorist group Black September broke into the Olympic Village of the Munich Games and took five Israeli athletes and six coaches hostage. The 1972 Games were already a tense one, as it was the first Olympics held in Germany since 1936 (which took place under Nazi rule). The Israeli athletes were particular nervous but everything went smoothly until early in the morning of September 5th when eight members of Black September broke into the Olympic Village. Two Israelis were killed that night and the remaining nine were taken hostage. The group demanded the release of 234 prisoners in Israeli prisons. A standoff ensued, and by the evening the terrorists realised they would be overwhelmed when they arrived at the airport where they were supposed to leave the country. All nine hostages were then tragically killed and the authorities struck down five of the eight terrorists; the surviving three were arrested. They were later released after other Black September members hijacked a plane and threatened to blow it up unless the Munich terrorists were released. In retaliation to the attack and the release of those responsible, the Israeli government’s intelligence agency Mossad targetted Palestinians with supposed ties to the event; in reality many innocent people were killed for a crime with which they were not involved
A British parliamentarian who recently stirred up controversy by declaring a city in the UK an “Israel-free zone” has been hospitalized with a suspected broken jaw after reportedly being attacked over his stance on Israel.
Woody Allen hat recht.
"Wenn nun eine heftige Liebe gefühlt wird, so geht man eben zum Analytiker und stirbt nicht mehr dafür."
Horkheimer, Max, in: Adorno/Horkheimer/Kogon - Die verwaltete Welt oder: Die Krisis des Individuums, in: Horkheimer, Max, GS Band 13, 121-143. (via hintergrundrauschen)
Der Antinationalismus in der deutschen Linken hat sich stets als Abwehrhaltung gegen die bedingungslose Israelsolidarität verstanden. Nicht zufällig werden Nationalfahnen-Verbote auf vielen linken Demonstrationen erst ausgesprochen, seitdem Kommunisten und andere Linke auch Israel-Fahnen mit sich führen. Die antinationale Linke, die jeden Nationalstaat unterschiedslos verdammt und damit eine scheinbar äquidistante Haltung in allen kriegerischen Auseinandersetzungen einnimmt, bestreitet die Notwendigkeit des Staates Israel und seiner Verteidigungsmaßnahmen.
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