Munich, 1972

December 4, 2005: In an interview with Time Magazine, movie director Steven Spielberg said his new film “Munich,” the story of Israel’s revenge for the killing of its athletes by Palestinian guerrillas at the 1972 Olympics, is “a prayer for peace.” The man who brought the world “Schindler’s List” and the “Shoah Project” is very proud of the fact that “Munich” doesn’t demonize either the Israeli or Palestinian side. Spielberg says that “the biggest enemy is not the Palestinians or the Israelis. The biggest enemy in the region is intransigence.” Such an evenhanded treatment does not seem to jibe with the facts. Palestinian terrorists invaded the Olympic Village, seized the Israeli Olympic team and later murdered them.  (Mitchell Levin).

Furthermore, having seen the film, it is very violent in an almost casual way.  The Israeli agents carrying out the murders of the terrorists are portrayed as ruthless and emotionless as they follow the orders from Jerusalem.  It’s hard to see this kind of cinema as putting one in a frame of mind to pray for peace.  After watching the movie, I felt the need to be spiritually cleansed from the brutality portrayed in it, although I understood the emotions which compelled Israel to avenge the murder of their Olympic athletes.

In October 2000, Guyana produced a Memorial Issue mini-sheet portraying the 11 Israeli athletes murdered by Palestinian terrorists at the 1972 Olympics in Munich.  Each stamp shows a portrait of the athlete with their name and short bio.

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