• Short Summary

    The bodies of the 11
    Israeli athletes and officials killed after being taken hostage by armed Arab
    guerrillas at the Olympic Village left Munich on Thursday (7 September),
    accompanied by the remainder of Israel's Olympic contingent.

  • Description

    The bodies of the 11
    Israeli athletes and officials killed after being taken hostage by armed Arab
    guerrillas at the Olympic Village left Munich on Thursday (7 September),
    accompanied by the remainder of Israel's Olympic contingent.

    One coffin was flown to the United States, and the other ten home to Tel Aviv,
    where President Zalman Shazar and the Israeli cabinet led a stats funeral
    ceremony at Lydda Airport.

    Earlier Israeli Premier Gelda Meir had convened her cabinet in extraordinary
    session for nearly four hours to discuss the Olympic killings, and then called
    on world governments to take more effective action against Arab guerrilla cells
    in their midst.

    As West German authorities prepared to bring the three surviving Palestinian
    guerrillas -- all young men in their early 20s - before a Munich Magistrate, the
    local police are facing a storm of criticism from within and outside West
    Germany for the way they handled the incident.

    There have been massed demonstrations by Jews and Jewish sympathisers all round
    the world in protest at the killings in Munich. In Paris on Wednesday (6
    September) thousands of chanting, tearful Jews paraded through the streets of
    the city. French Foreign Minister Maurice Schumann described the guerrilla
    attack as 'an atrocious and infantile crime', and said he hoped the massacre
    would net lead to reprisals.

    In Jerusalem on the same day nearly 4,000 schoolchildren and students gathered
    in Independence Park to protest at the killings, and the decision to continue
    with the games.

    The on Wednesday night in Munich itself, thousands of people congregated in the
    centre of town to demonstrate their abhorrence at the Arab violence, describing
    the commandos as "dreadful murderers". The event was mainly peaceful, although
    some of the crowd turned on young communists protesting about the way the police
    had behaved, tearing down their banners and chasing them away.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA12PRPMXIXB7QKGPR0ZE7E8JC1
    Media URN:
    VLVA12PRPMXIXB7QKGPR0ZE7E8JC1
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    07/09/1972
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:02:50:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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