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    Amid the gaiety at the opening of the Ninth Maccabiah Games at Ramat Gan, near Tel Aviv, Israel on Monday (July 9), a sombre note was struck by memories of the eleven Israeli athletes who were murdered by Arab guerrillas at the last Olympic Games staged in Munich, West Germany last year.

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    Amid the gaiety at the opening of the Ninth Maccabiah Games at Ramat Gan, near Tel Aviv, Israel on Monday (July 9), a sombre note was struck by memories of the eleven Israeli athletes who were murdered by Arab guerrillas at the last Olympic Games staged in Munich, West Germany last year.

    The Games, popularly dubbed "the Jewish Olympics" are dedicated to the memory of those dead.

    A torch was lit for each of the dead athletes and a special prayer was said as part of the opening ceremony. Israeli President Ephraim Katzir officially declared the Games open before a stadium packed with thousands, including Prime Minister Golda Meir, and nearly 2,000 Jewish sportsmen and officials from 27 countries in Europe, Latin America, North America, South Africa and Australia.

    Predictably, security was very much in evidence for this, the biggest ever Jewish Games yet staged. For eight days the athletes will pit their abilities and prowess against each other.

    The tight cloak of security has, according to a senior police official "hermitically sealed" the area. "We don't want another Munich in Israel" a Maccabiah official said.

    As if to emphasis the point, machine-gun toting border police lined a dry moat separating the track from the spectators. This top security extends to more than 40 sports venues which will be used during the Games and also to the competitors' living quarters.

    Early on Monday, as part of the opening ceremony, a torch was lit at the village of Modi'in, 50 kilometres (30 miles) from Tel Aviv, home of the Maccabees who 2,000 years ago staged a successful revolt against the Selucids to become a symbol of Jewish heroism and gave their name to the four-yearly Games which began in 1932.

    The torch was carried in relays to the Ramat Gan Stadium where US born Israeli Basketball player Tal Brodie lit the flame. He was escorted by two Israeli Munich competitors, runner Esther Shahamorov and walker, Shaul Ladeni.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA3XOCZEONS54JA9HJZOWFM1CI1
    Media URN:
    VLVA3XOCZEONS54JA9HJZOWFM1CI1
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    10/07/1973
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:02:14:00
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    N/A

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