• Short Summary

    Israel is sending a strong team of fifty athletes and officials to the Montreal Olympics -- twice as many as the ill-fated party that lost eleven of its members in the "Black September" massacre in Munich four years ago.

  • Description

    Israel is sending a strong team of fifty athletes and officials to the Montreal Olympics -- twice as many as the ill-fated party that lost eleven of its members in the "Black September" massacre in Munich four years ago.

    SYNOPSIS: The largest group is its football squad, here training hard in Tel Aviv, under its coach, David Schweitzer. Seventeen players will go to Montreal, and their first match will be against Guatemala in Toronto on July 19th.

    The squad includes the only Arab in the Israeli party--21-year-old Rifat Turk. He is a fisherman from Jaffa, and plays for a Tel Aviv club. The coach says Turk has been selected on merit, and not for propaganda reasons; he has helped his club avoid relegation this season.

    These are the scenes that can never be far from the thought of the older survivors of Munich: the apartment block into which eight Arab gunmen forced their way shortly before dawn, and shot tow Israelis dead. While armed police reigned the village, West German officials bargained all day--September 5th, 1972 -- for the lives of nine more Israelis, stile held hostage inside. The final tragedy happened twenty miles (30 kilometres) away, when the Arabs, involved in an airport battle with German police, killed their hostages, Five gunmen and a German policeman also died.

    Esther Roth, a hurdler, is a survivor of the Munich Israeli team. Her husband, Peta, is her trainer. Esther won three gold medals at the Asian Games in Teheran, and Israel has great hopes of her in Montreal. She doesn't say much about Munich.

    Edward Weitz, a weightlifter, is a newcomer to the team, and to Israel. At the time of Munich, he was still living in the Soviet Union. He's a lightweight, and in the Israeli championships broke the national record for both the snatch ad the jerk. It was then announced that he would represent Israel in the Olympics.

    Israel has accepted the Canadian ruling that no-one will be allowed to bring their own security guards to Montreal. Canadian troops and police will provide all the cover. There will be sixteen-thousand of them -- four thousand more than the competitors -- and the operation will cost about 100-million dollars.

    The main village and stadium are not too difficult to protect. But some events take place some distance away. Competitors will go by bus, with armed escorts; and the busloads will be made up of people form different countries.

    The dramatic shape of the residential block makes it easier to provide secure quarters for more vulnerable teams. But little is being said about where the Israelis will be housed.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA7BDP9EGJP865T57E8BBPXBY7C
    Media URN:
    VLVA7BDP9EGJP865T57E8BBPXBY7C
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    28/06/1976
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:02:55:00
    Time in/Out:
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    Canister:
    N/A

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