July 29, 2012 | 10:42 pm
Posted by Ariel Blumenthal
“Sports are a bridge for love, communication and the spreading of peace between nations and should not be used for divisiveness and the spread of racism.” Hallelujah, I’m signing off on that.
Oh, hold on - this was a response to calls for a moment of silence in memory of the Munich ’72 attack victims? Really? By whom? I see. Jibril Rajoub, Palestinian Olympic Committee head. Remove my signature please.
Rajoub redefines the already abused and battered word “Racism”: We’re used to hearing that any criticism of Islam (not a race, incidentally) is racism. And now, make a note: Commemorating the victims of Islamic terrorism is also racism. According to Rajoub the action (killing 11 Israeli athletes during the olympic games) is not important, let alone the victims and their memory. The response (i.e. demanding a minute of silence) is the problem.
And there you have it: The essence of the invented problem of Islamophobia: clarified. Thank you, Jibril.
I wonder what Jacques Count Rogge, head of the International Olympic Committee, thinks about this utter distortion of the Olympic spirit coming from the irresponsible mouth of a national Olympic Committee head. Perhaps he’s not too shocked: in 1996 OIC officials gave the odd reasoning for not commemorating the victims because had they done so, they’d have to commemorate the Palestinians who died during the Olympics. Let’s stop here for a second to review: The victims will not be commemorated, because than we’ll have to commemorate their killers as well.
And there you have it: The essence of the holy principal of symmetry: explained. Your local paper exposes you to it every time there’s violence in the Middle East; Here’s an encore. Thank you OIC.
Meanwhile the Olympic version of the relentless, hysterical Muslim hatred towards Israel goes on:
The Lebanese Judo team in London was infuriated to discover that the Israeli judo athletes are training - alas - right next to them. They threatened to cancel their own training session unless the organizers install a partition between the teams. I hope that if my 2-year-old demands to be separated from some kid he’s pissed off at in day care his teacher would tell him to take it easy. The London organizer, though, chose to comply with the angry Lebanese.
Not really Olympic spirit? Well - it gets better: A Tunisian swimmer is reported to have purposely disqualified himself yesterday mid race, because an Israeli swimmer was - alas - competing. This Tunisian broken Olympic dream is just one in a chain of Muslim Olympic suicides that plague the games every 4 years. As we all get inspired by the human spirit, focused determination and will power of the Olympians, we should consider the stark contrast displayed in self-sabotages of that sort, and the magnitude of hate that must be behind such irrational actions. Michael Phelps wouldn’t have done that. Neither would the Tuvaluan weight-lifter, or the Dominican volleyball team.
A couple of ending anecdotes:
1. True story: Did you know that all the national flags in the Olympic village include the games’ logo except that of Iran? The logo reminded them of the word “Zion”, and the rest is history. Reminds me of that Muslim cleric’s call to boycott Starbucks Coffee because their logo is queen Esther. Or that other Imam who said that Pepsi stands for Pay Every Pence [to] Save Israel. Oh, and also that other Imam - never mind. I can go on all night.
2. The organization that carried out the terrorist attack in Munich was called Black September, after the September 1970 war between the Jordanian government and Palestinian militias in Jordan. The Jordanian 1972 athletes were fine though - the Israelis not so much.
Not the last time: Saddam Hussein invaded Kuwait in 1991, igniting the wrath of the US and the international community. Who got the missiles during the gulf war that ensued? That’s right, Israel, a country not involved in the war at all.
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