Germany to pay compensation to families of Israeli athletes killed at Munich Olympics

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Avi Melamed (2nd L), surviving member of the 1972 Israeli Olympic team, walks past a poster in a moment of silence on July 27, 2012 in New York, US, to honor the 11 Israeli Olympic athletes killed at the Munich games.
STAN HONDA / AFPAvi Melamed (2nd L), surviving member of the 1972 Israeli Olympic team, walks past a poster in a moment of silence on July 27, 2012 in New York, US, to honor the 11 Israeli Olympic athletes killed at the Munich games.

The German government 're-evaluated' the Olympic attack and its consequences 'in recent weeks'

Berlin announced Wednesday its intention to pay compensation to the families of the 11 Israeli athletes, who were murdered at the Munich Olympics in 1972, German media reported. 

A spokesperson for the country’s Interior Ministry did not specify the amount of the compensation offer but said that "talks are currently underway with the representatives of the victims' families," according to Süddeutsche Zeitung. 

He added that the German government "re-evaluated" the Olympic attack and its consequences "in recent weeks."

The announcement comes 50 years after the tragic attack that became known as the Munich Massacre when members of the "Black September" militant group murdered Israeli athletes. 

On September 5 and 6, 1972, Palestinian terrorists took 11 members of the Israeli delegation as hostages, including athletes, coaches and judges, killing them all after a failed rescue attempt.  

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German authorities were criticized for mishandling the rescue operation and for concealing details about it. In 2002, the country’s government agreed to pay approximately $3 million in compensation to the families of the victims. 

Earlier in April, a new report released by a Dutch law firm on behalf of the relatives of the Israeli victims revealed that Libya was involved in the attack. The families of the deceased requested $165 million in compensation from the country’s government. 

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