The first contingent of Israeli Olympic athletes to land at Montreal Airport arrived on Sunday (11 July) amid the heaviest security precautions ever seen at any Olympic Games venue - and certainly the most elaborate safety arrangements ever mounted in Canada.
GV EXT. Montreal Airport and security guards
GV ZOOM IN PAST Security guards TO Security helicopters on tarmac
SV Security guard on airport balcony
SVs INT. Passengers, including Israeli Olympic team members and widows of mass???red Munich Israeli athletes, into arrivals area (3 shots)
SVs Security guards checking passes of passengers going into arrivals area (2 shots)
GVs INT. Passengers in bus transporting Israeli team and widows from airport to Olympic Village (2 shots)
GV EXT. Bus en route to village
SV PULL BACK Olympic Village building
SVs & SCUs Israeli athletes and widows being checked by village security guards (4 shots)
SPORT: OLYMPIC GAMES
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Background: The first contingent of Israeli Olympic athletes to land at Montreal Airport arrived on Sunday (11 July) amid the heaviest security precautions ever seen at any Olympic Games venue - and certainly the most elaborate safety arrangements ever mounted in Canada.
SYNOPSIS: Guards heavily outnumbered the seven athletes who were accompanied by three widows of the 11 Israeli Olympic team who were massacred by Arab guerrillas at the Games in Munich, West Germany. Helicopters stood by to escort the transport bus into the Olympic Village site, and the Canadians made no secret of their ???igilant precautions. The Israeli team included one member of the Munich team who escaped being killed in the Arab attack, and who afterwards vowed never to compete again. But hurdler Mrs. Esther Roth was persuaded by her husband to try again -- and this time, she will be sharing a heavily-guarded room with him. Another Israeli woman team member, fencer Nilli Drory, will be the only other woman in the men's section of the building.
But even before they got anywhere near the Olympic Village, the Israelis had to submit to a triple security check at the airport -- including metal-detector searches.
From the airport to the Olympic village, precautions were equally severe. Plain-clothes guards outnumbered the Israeli athletes on their bus. Overhead, a helicopter circled in close watch. Once at the Olympic Village, the Israelis were submitted to further checks before being allowed into their quarters -- on the sealed-off 19th floor of their building. Inside and outside were 16,000 security guards for them and the 12 thousand other athletes in the Games. It's said to be the most massive security operation ever mounted in the world -- and the Canadians claim it will take the world's biggest terrorist operation to break it.