Israel's President in Germany to Inaugurate Munich Olympics Massacre Memorial

Reuven Rivlin will mark the 45th anniversary of the murders of 11 Israeli athletes at the first permanent museum that pays tribute to the victims

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President Reuven Rivlin speaks at a ceremony at the President's Residence in Jerusalem, July 16, 2017.
President Reuven Rivlin speaks at a ceremony at the President's Residence in Jerusalem, July 16, 2017.Credit: Olivier Fitoussi
Jonathan Lis
Jonathan Lis

President Reuven Rivlin departed for Germany on Tuesday night to dedicate a memorial to the 11 Israeli athletes murdered by Palestinian terrorists at the 1972 Munich Olympics.

Rivlin was invited by his German counterpart, Frank-Walter Steinmeier, who is sponsoring the ceremony together with Horst Seehofer, prime minister of the German state of Bavaria.

The memorial in Munich Olympic Park, which will be commemorated on Wednesday, is the first permanent museum that pays tribute to the victims.

Family members of all 11 Israeli victims will be present at the ceremony in addition to high-level officials from both countries, reported Around the Rings, a publication covering the Olympic Games.

Israelis mourn the loss of 11 athletes from their delegation in Munich, 1972.Credit: AP

“Forty-five years after the massacre, international terror continues to threaten and harm innocent civilians,” Rivlin said on Tuesday before taking off. “There are some who still see the massacre of these athletes as a heroic act.

“The center we’re inaugurating must send a message to the entire world: It’s forbidden to be forgiving toward terrorism,” he continued. “Terrorism must be denounced everywhere and under every circumstance – in Barcelona, London, Paris, Berlin, Jerusalem and everywhere else. We, the members of the international community, must stand united in the battle against terrorism and be determined to fight it and defeat it.”

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