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Munich Massacre survivor: Olympics did the right thing by not halting games

45 years after 11 Israeli athletes were murdered, swimmer Shlomit Nir looks back

The organizers of the 1972 Munich Olympics made the right decision by continuing the games despite the massacre of eleven Israelis by a Palestinian terror group, survivor Shlomit Nir told i24NEWS in an interview on Tuesday, the 45th anniversary of the hostage-taking and murders.

"We couldn't understand how the games can carry on," Nir recalled. "But years after, when I thought about it a lot, and I was thinking about it a lot . . . I thought, well, they did the best [thing], because otherwise they will fulfill the idea of the terrorists."

Shlomit Nir was a swimmer competing in her second Olympics in 1972. She was staying in a separate dorm from the Israeli delegation that was kidnapped and murdered because women stayed in another building at the Olympic Village.

Israeli President Reuven Rivlin departed for Germany on Tuesday evening to attend the inauguration of a permanent memorial honoring the 11 slain athletes.

"Forty-five years after the massacre, international terrorism continues to threaten and strike innocent civilians. There are still those who see the massacre of the sportsmen as an heroic act," Rivlin said before departing.

"There can be no apologizing for terror. Terror must be condemned unequivocally, everywhere. In Barcelona, in London, in Paris, in Berlin, in Jerusalem, everywhere. We, the international community, must stand untied in the struggle against terror, determined to fight and defeat it."


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