EA security man showed Israeli athletes the Nazi salute at the Munich Olympic site. The incident happened on Tuesday evening when the athletes were visiting various memorials to the attack on the Israeli national team at the 1972 Olympic Games, the Munich police headquarters announced on Wednesday. First, the “Bild” newspaper reported on the anti-Semitic incident.
One of the four security service employees deployed there chanted the Hitler salute in the direction of the 16 Israeli athletes as they passed a bridge. The group did not notice this. Police officers present temporarily arrested the 19-year-old suspect from Berlin. He was also immediately excluded from the games that lasted until Sunday by the organizer of the European Championships 2022. The state protection of the Kripo is now conducting further investigations.
Twelve dead in 1972 Olympic attack
According to the police, officials and athletes from Israel were in the Olympic Park to visit memorials to the terrorist attack on the Israeli national team at the 1972 Olympic Games. The 16 participants of the group walked in the area of the Hanns-Braun-Bridge.
Not far from the bridge is the Wailing Beam memorial created by the Lower Bavarian sculptor Fritz Koenig for the victims of terror. Around 7:20 p.m. on Tuesday, one of four folders from a Berlin security service was observed by the officer showing the forbidden Nazi gesture, the police reported.
Competitions in nine sports such as athletics, cycling and rowing are currently being held in Munich. According to the police, the suspect was reported for using unconstitutional license plates and was released after the police measures had been completed. According to information from the “Süddeutsche Zeitung”, the native of Berlin has an Arabic name.
During the Olympic assassination 50 years ago, a Palestinian terrorist squad entered the Munich Olympic site and took members of the Israeli team hostage. Eleven Israeli athletes and a German policeman died in the hostage-taking and a failed rescue operation.
Recently, the dispute over the amount of compensation payments had escalated. The spokespersons for the victims’ families rejected an offer of compensation from the federal government as an “insult”. The relatives of the Israeli victims finally canceled their participation in the memorial service in Munich on September 5.
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