“if the leadership of the PA is not willing to disassociate itself from its terrorist past...”
That still won’t get them thrown out of the Olympics.
OTOH, if you send a tweet with a joke and you’re from Greece, that WILL get you thrown out.
I’m certain that if the Israeli/Palestinian roles were reversed in Munich (ignoring the fact that it wouldn’t have occurred), there would be a huge to-do over the event in the ceremonies this year. The “international community” is apathetic (or even enthusiastic) towards the prospect of dead Jews.
Second, since when do the Palestinians participate in the Olympic Games? I realize they took out baseball and softball, but I hadn't heard that they added grenade lobbing and goat f#cking to replace them.
I will not be watching the opening ceremonies - a commercial spectacle that ignores the contrast between good and evil is not my idea of entertainment. I will select a few events to watch online, primarily archery and shooting, but otherwise I’m tired of the political bias shown by the IOC and by the broadcast networks.
Fifteen hours of life story on the perky female gymnast selected for her photogenic smile as “America’s Darling”, whomever might have matched that profile for this year, doesn’t interest me. Similarly, the stories on the great swimmer’s “indiscretions” (sexual and pharmaceutical) and triumphs bore me.
I’m far more impressed with these athletes and coaches from Israel’s 1972 Olympic Team:
Shot during the initial break-in
* Moshe Weinberg (wrestling coach)
* Yossef Romano (weightlifter)
Shot and killed by grenade in a helicopter
* Ze’ev Friedman (weightlifter)
* David Berger (weightlifter)
* Yakov Springer (weightlifting judge)
* Eliezer Halfin (wrestler)
Shot in the second helicopter
* Yossef Gutfreund (wrestling referee)
* Kehat Shorr (shooting coach)
* Mark Slavin (wrestler)
* Andre Spitzer (fencing coach)
* Amitzur Shapira (track coach)
If these people are not considered worthy of recognition by the organizers, if they care more about the feelings of the murders and those who celebrate this mass murder than about decent people, then their performance is not worthy of my recognition.
What is the IOC going to say when the London Olympics are a big flop? If it comes down to watching anything Olympics or reruns of Who’s the Boss, it’s going to be Hello Tony Danza for me. From the Chinese uniforms to Michelle Obama’s summer vacation to London, I’m not interested.
I urge the Israeli athletes, during the entry parade, to stop dead in their tracks and stay where they are with their heads bowed for one minute. Would stop the entrance and make a powerful and just political statement.