20120727

Survivors of the Palestinian terrorist massacre of Jewish athletes say I.O.C. rejected commemorating 40th memorial on TV not merely kowtowing to Muslim pressure, but to advance their own personal business & political interests

Jewish commentator, Debbie Schlussel calls Israel's I.O.C. member, Alex Gilady, a self-interested, traitorous, leftist kapo.

Jewish widow, groups dismiss IOC president's move to honor Munich dead before small group at Olympic Village.  British & American Jews fill void by staging their own tributes.

by Philip Hersh in the Chicago Tribune July 23, 2012
President Obama threw his support behind an online petition for the minute of silence that now has more than 103,000 signatures.

“Yes, we absolutely support the campaign for a minute of silence at the Olympics to honor the Israeli athletes killed in Munich,” said US National Security Council spokesman Tommy Vietor.

IOC President Jacques Rogge of Belgium rebuffed those calls at a press conference Saturday night.

“We always pay deep attention to recommendations coming from the political world,” he said. “We are not necessarily following this advice.”

The IOC’s attitude involves an element of realpolitik. It clearly is fearful of the potential uproar that could follow from the nearly two dozen Arab countries and some two dozen more primarily Muslim countries sending teams to London.

That Israel is a lightning rod for enmity in parts of the world obviously complicates the situation. That is why Mrs. Ankie Spitzer, who has spent four decades as a leader in the effort for a memorial moment during an opening ceremony, is willing to strip such a moment of all religious and nationalistic references.

“You don’t even have to say they were Jews or Israelis,” Spitzer said during a recent telephone interview. “Just tell the world that in 1972, 11 members of the Olympic family, athletes and coaches, were killed.”

Spitzer’s husband, fencing coach Andrei, was among those killed by the Palestinian terrorist group, Black September.

“Ours is not a message of hate and revenge,” she said. “Quite the opposite: we want people to remember, so that this will never happen again."

Beginning a Monday Olympic Village ceremony promoting the idea of an Olympic truce, Rogge surprisingly made a call to honor the memory of the 11 Israelis and then stood in silence for a minute.

"They came to Munich in the spirit of peace and solidarity," Rogge said, according to wire service reports. "We owe it to them to keep the spirit alive and to remember them."

The same news reports said there were only about 100 witnesses to Rogge's action.  . . .

Spitzer (also) found the gesture insufficient.

"This is not the right solution, to hold some ceremony in front of 30 or 40 people," she told the Jerusalem Post. "We asked for a moment of silence at the opening ceremony, not for someone to mumble something in front of a few dozen people."

Israel’s IOC member, Alex Gilady, is among those opposed to having a moment of silence in the London opening ceremony, a stand many in his country find incomprehensible.

Gilady’s rationale is simple: he remembers when Israel was thrown out of the Asian Olympic Association in 1981 and could not get another continental sports affiliation until the efforts of people including Rogge helped Israel become a member of the European Olympic Committees in 1994. Gilady fears a moment of silence will create a backlash endangering Israel’s place in international sport.

“I believe I am acting in best interest of Israeli sport,” Gilady said in a telephone interview. “For me, the most important thing at the moment is that Israel have stages to compete on….I hope the moment will come we can have appropriate commemoration in the Olympic stadium for the Israelis killed in Munich.”

When might that be?

“When we have a better environment,” he said. “When there is peace.”

Spitzer, 66, a Middle East correspondent for Dutch and Belgian television networks, calls Gilady, “the main obstacle.” She has tried to plead the case with Rogge, IOC president since 2001, and London Olympic Organizing Committee chairman Seb Coe, both Olympic athletes.
Guri, the son of '72 Israeli wrestling coach Moshe Weinberg, knows Mr. Gilady led the lobbying on the Int'l Olympics Committee's rejecting of an internationally televised commemoration of the athletes and their survivors on the 40th anniversary of their slaying by Palestinian Islamists. But Gury Weinberg sees both the I.O.C. and Gilady as working to protect their members complicity and personal interests. 

Why the IOC will never memorialize the '72 Munich massacre Fox News.com July 27
"Recently, new information about the Munich Massacre at the 1972 Olympic Games was released by German police as a result of pressure from German investigative reporters. It was reported that the “Black September” terrorists were helped by a Nazi group in Germany to get fake IDs, weapons and access to the Olympic Village.   
"Germany had a tip-off three weeks ahead of Munich massacre, Der Spiegel claims.   
Beirut informant’s warning of Palestinian ‘incident’ was ignored, then covered up for 40 years, magazine says. by Raphael Ahren in The Times of Israel 
In 1996, I, along with other Munich orphans and three of the widows, were invited for the first time to the Olympic Games in Atlanta. Before the Opening Ceremony, we met with Alex Gilady. Gilady has been a member of the IOC's Radio and Television Commission since 1984 and has been the senior vice president of NBC Sports since 1996. 
Alex Gilady & Sue Malden Int'l Fed of TV Archives 10/04
I have known Mr. Gilady since I was a kid; in fact, I grew up with his daughter. He had been supportive in the past regarding our plea for a moment of silence during the Opening Ceremonies, so we arrived with high hopes. Gilady informed us that a moment of silence was not possible because if the IOC had a moment of silence for the Israeli athletes, they would also have to do the same for the Palestinians who died at the Olympics in 1972.

My mother said, "But no Palestinian athletes died!" 
Gilady responded, "Well, there were Palestinians who died at the 1972 Olympics." 
I heard one of the widows say to Gilady, "Are you equating the murder of my husband to the terrorists that killed him?"

Silence.

Then Ilana Romano burst out with a cry that has haunted me to this day. She screamed at Gilady, "How DARE you! You KNOW what they did to my husband! They let him lay there for hours, dying slowly, and then finished him off by castrating him and shoving it in his mouth, ALEX!" 
I looked at Gilady's face as he sat there, stone cold with no emotion. This man knew these athletes personally. This man led the Israeli media delegation at the 1972 Olympics and saw this atrocity first hand. This man saw my father's dead, naked body thrown out front of the Olympic Village for all the world to see.

Without a hint of empathy, Gilady excused himself from our meeting.  That's when I understood that the IOC wasn't turning us down because of their resistance to politics.  Rather, it was due to the specific politics the IOC apparently still embraces.  Based on its history of Nazi support, greed and the blood on their own hands for inciting the PLO, they would never support Israeli athletes."
After being turned-down for an acknowledgment during the Olympic Opening Ceremony,
20,000 Londoners hold Munich moment of silence by JTA, JPost Staff

20120718

Muslim Brotherhood influence in Obama-Hillary Admin- Rep. Michelle Bachmann stokes immune response against Islamization at Christian Zionist confab

U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN) carried her battle against the Islamist influence of the Obama Administration into her address before the Washington Summit of Christians United for Israel (C.U.F.I.) on Tuesday evening, July 18th.



She objected to Obama and Hillary Clinton's invitation to Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood party President Mohammed Morsi to the U.S., in contravention of prohibitions against dealing with terrorist organizations.

Arnold Ahlert discusses the flap between Rep. Michelle Bachman "Islamists the Islamists Within" in FrontPage Magazine
U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann and four other House colleagues are making things uncomfortable for an Obama administration that has a decided tolerance for Islamists. In doing so, Bachmann and company have raised two important questions.

First, they want to know how Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s top aide, deputy chief of staff Huma Abedin, got security clearance, despite having relatives with ties to the Muslim Brotherhood.

Second, they would like an investigation conducted regarding the “potential Muslim Brotherhood infiltration” of the Obama administration. For their efforts, they were challenged by Muslim Congressman Keith Ellison (D-MN). Ms. Bachmann’s response, detailing her concerns and those of her colleagues, reveals the extent to which this administration has been tainted–or quite possibly corrupted–by Islamist influences.  (. . .)

Bachmann also reveals that “despite statements backed up by considerable evidence in court raising concerns about many of the Muslim Brotherhood front groups,” various departments in the Obama administration continue to engage in “outreach” programs with these same organizations “as if the evidence…doesn’t exist.” 
Lastly, she reveals that, despite the FBI officially cutting ties with CAIR after the Holy Land trial, “the White House Director for Community Partnerships admitted that this administration has had ‘hundreds’ of meeting with CAIR” and that the White House “has worked to conceal these ties (in one case, with ISNA and MPAC).”

Bachmann sends Ellison letter in response to Muslim Brotherhood comments" St Cloud Times, July 15, 2012
Bachmann also says an investigation of “potential Muslim Brotherhood infiltration” of President Barack Obama’s administration is needed because of interactions between federal agencies and what she calls U.S. front groups for the Muslim Brotherhood, an international Islamist group that recently came to power in Egypt.

One of Bachmann’s June 13 letters singles out Huma Abedin, a deputy chief of staff to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and wife of former New York congressman Anthony Weiner.

Bachmann’s letter says three members of Abedin’s family have had ties to the Muslim Brotherhood, notes that her job affords her routine access to Clinton, and says the State Department has taken recent actions “that have been enormously favorable to the Muslim Brotherhood and its interests.”

20120706

Assessing our resistance to jihad on the 10th memorial of the Independence Day Islamic terror attack on L.A.X.

Islamic-terror victim Vicky Hen's July 4 memorial
How will we protect the West from a theo-political revolutionary movement the Obama era deems taboo to challenge?

From "Los Angeles Airport- top target of terror attacks, lax security, TSA agent arrested" by Julia Davis in Examiner.com

LAX has direct flights to North America, Latin America, Europe, Asia, Oceania, and the Middle East – more direct flights than any other airport in the world.

This has made LAX a prime target for terror attacks. Three of the four planes involved in the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001 were originally headed for Los Angeles. American Airlines Flight 11, and United Airlines Flight 175, were from Logan International Airport, in Boston, Massachusetts, and American Airlines Flight 77 was from Washington Dulles International Airport, in Dulles, Virginia.
As well as being America's second most populous metropolis, the metro- Los Angeles area (which includes Orange County) is also a center for Muslim activity. The Shura Council claims that there are several hundred thousand Muslims in all four counties of Southern California - Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, and San Bernadino.  Orange County is also a hub of Muslim activism.  There resides the influential and powerful Dr. Muzammil Siddiqi- chairman of the The Islamic Shura Council of Southern California, and Director of the Islamic Society of Orange County (and until 2001, President of I.S.N.A.- the Islamic Society of North America). The Council for American-Islamic Relations (C.A.I.R.) has base of operations in SoCal, as does the Muslim Public Affairs Council (MPAC).

There is a strong Muslim influence at the University of California at Irvine (U.C.I.) in Orange County, which manifests in a strong Muslim Students Association - a movement which was established by the Muslim Brotherhood in 1963. Some MSA / MSU leaders were arrested and found guilty in conspiring to interfere with an invited on-campus address by Israeli Ambassador Michael Oren- which resulted in the disbanding of the association for a semester).  There is a strong anti-Israel attitude in Orange County's Muslim culture - typified by the anti-Zionist climate on the campus- which presents an annual, Israel-Apartheid Week of public demonstrations, lectures, and exhibits vilifying the Jewish state.




Hesham Mohamed Hadayet
(photo courtesy BBC)
On July 4th, 2002, a Muslim Egyptian chauffeur, Hesham Mohamed Hadayet (who had been residing in Orange County's Irvine, Calif.) executed a massacre of innocent people checking-in for an El Al Airlines flight to Toronto at LAX Airport. Brandishing 2 guns and a hunting knife, Hadayet began to shoot people around the El Al counter. 


(Photo courtesy: Paul Parkus via BareNakedIslam)
Hadayet's shots and slashes wounded 4 people and killed 2 people: 25-year-old, Israeli-American customer-assistance agent, Victoria Chen, who was shot checking-in passengers flying to Israel; also Jacob Aminov, a father of 5 children (and 1 on the way) who was only dropping-off a friend, Michael Shabtai (whose post-traumatic stress disorder from the bloodbath contributed to his pre-mature death at age 57).  Physically injured were the 2 El Al security guards (including Haim Sapir, wounded in the gun-battle which ultimately brought Hadayet down); Canadian passenger Sarah Philips, age 61, shot in the ankle which necessitated immediate surgery;  54-year-old Israeli passenger Arie Golan, who incurred superficial stab wounds grappling against the knife-slashing Hadayet; and Dr. David Parkus, a trauma surgeon from Beaumont, Texas who lept in to wrestle Hedayet's weapons.

El Al Station Chief, Klaus Hackel, retraces the July 4, 2002 Islamic terror attack at LAX's Bradley International Terminal.



Mr. Hackel relates that only for the shooting not commencing until the end of the check-in for El Al's Flight 106 to Toronto and Tel Aviv were more potential victims spared.

Hadayat Belonged to Egyptian Jihad, al Qaeda’s Operational Arm

According to DEBKAfile's Counter-Terror Sources:

"Hashem Mohamed Hadayat, 41, who gunned down Yakov Aminov, 46, and Vicky Hen, 25 – both from Los Angeles - on the 4th of July at the El Al terminal of Los Angeles, and wounded 7 others, is revealed by DEBKAfile’s intelligence and counter-terror sources as a Muslim extremist. During his ten years in the United States, he was a secret operative of the Egyptian Jihad who maintained undercover links to the same Jihad cell in Brooklyn, New York, as the “blind sheikh” Omar Abdel-Rahman and Ramzi Yousef. Both are doing time for perpetrating the first attack on the New York World Trade Center in 1993.

Hadayat’s murderous attack on El Al flight 106 passengers points back to the Egyptair 990 disaster of 1999, reviving the many questions left open by that earlier, half stifled inquiry, which carefully stepped round any suggestion of terrorism. It also raises the question of how many sleeper cells the Egyptian Jihad, al Qaeda’s primary operational arm, maintains in American cities.

Hadayat struck the El Al ticket line on his 42nd birthday. The initial FBI inquiry found through records of his fingerprints at the Department of Motor Vehicles, which issued him with a limousine license, that he was married with at least one child, and had lived in Irvine for the last two years, working on a green card.

Since the attack, the possibility that he arrived in America as a sleeper terrorist must be seriously addressed. US investigators realize he was not a lone operative and are seeking his accomplices in such matters as setting up the hit, providing the guns he carried and intelligence on the security situation at the Tom Bradley terminal.

After the 4th of July attack, in order not to clash directly with the US authorities which refused to identify it as a terrorist assault, El Al and Israeli security spokesmen said that even if the Egyptian gunman was not a proven member of a terrorist group, his crime ranked as an act of terror.

However, Sunday, July 7 the influential Arabic London-based Al Hayat followed the original DEBKAfile disclosure of July 5 - that Hadayat was a member of the Egyptian Jihad Islami - and took it a step further. According to the Arabic paper, the Egyptian gunman met Dr. Ayman Zuwahri, the Jihad Islami chief who is Osama bin Laden’s deputy, twice in California – once in 1995 and again in 1998.

According to DEBKAfile’s sources, it was at that second encounter that Hadayat was told to leave his job with Mercury and given capital to set up his small limousine firm, so as to take advantage of his access to airport facilities and airline personnel contacts, while at the same time shaking off any watchers.

The Al Hayat report places Dr. Zuwahri in California unobserved less than three years before the 9/11 hijacking attacks in America and a year and a half before the Egyptair disaster.

The Hadayat family lives in Cairo. His father, a retired Egyptian army general, and his uncle, a former minister of science, admit that Hesham was a fervent Muslim who did what he could to encourage everyone to read the Koran. They say he was happy in Irvine, California. His neighbors in that Los Angeles suburb tell a different story, that he hated Israelis and Jews and asked one of them to take down the American and US Marine flags put up after 9/11.

From all the foregoing, our counter-terror experts cite Hesham Hadayat as a classical al-Qaeda plant. He was positioned at Los Angeles airport in the early 1990s to bide his time for the right moment to carry out a terrorist attack against an El Al flight. When Hayat’s handlers saw he was under observation, they made him lower profile. His assignment was revised to fit his role as a limousine driver familiar to the Tom Bradley terminal staff and free to move around - namely to shoot down a line of passengers waiting to board an El Al flight.

Although from 1994 or 1995 at the latest, Hadayat was brought to the notice of American security, was under the eye of El Al security, and the Egyptian authorities must have known about him, he was never investigated - even after 9/11. The FBI has admitted he figured on no watch list for terrorists. This left him perfectly free to carry out his mission on behalf of the extremist Islamic organization – all of which raises some hard questions about the way in which the war against terror is carried out in the United States."

Vicky Hen's boyfriend Yaron Cohen
had planned to propose the next day
Mr. Avi Chen complains that on that day, L.A.X. Aiport Security failed to have a single, armed-officer patrolling the multi-airline ticketing terminal. These are the officers who are supposed to be looking for known suspicious individuals. 7 other policemen had been assigned away to cover beach and parade duty that day. He claims not only was the only officer working at the opposite end of the building from El Al, that once the shooting began - a call to 911 was not responded to for 7 minutes. An ambulance did not arrive for longer than 20 minutes. And suspiciously, airport security's response to his lawyer's request for a copy of  the CCTV video from the EL AL corridor was that there was none- that the CCTV was not working at the time Mr. Hadayet was there and shooting.

Revisiting 1st Islamic terror in LA at LAX El Al, July 4 '02 - 10 years later

At the 10th annual, memorial gathering to remember the victims and their survivors at LAX, Klaus (Ben-Ami) Hackel, the German-raised, El Al Station Chief at the time of the massacre, remembers Vicky Hen in glowing terms - and with tears.

Retired El Al LAX manager Klaus Hackel eulogized Vicky Hen
former Muslima, Amani Mustafa, exposed Jew-hatred in Islam

Ms. Amani Mustafa, a Muslima for the first part her life, told the crowd of several dozen, that Islam inculcates hate and violence against Christians, Jews, and non-Muslim culture through Islamic verses, dogma, and culture, which probably inspired Mr. Hadayet to commit this slaughter. Investigators seeking clues to the motives and methods of the intended massacre at El Al reported that Hadayet had posted a notice on the front-door of his home, "Read the Quran."

Speeches at the memorial from Israeli Consul Danny Gadot, Klaus Hackel- El Al's LAX station manager; Ms. Amani Mustafa- a brave, apostate from Islam, speaking about the Koranic imperatives against Jews and Christians.



Vicky's survivors Avi, Rachel and brother Udi Hen
In the following compilation of  L.A. TV news coverage of the 10th Memorial event, only Fox 11 reporter Chris Blatchford included the Islamic militancy motives of Hedayet's attack. Most other reporters omitted it entirely, panderingly framing their stories as a memorial for victims of a common criminal- and avoiding the significance of the day as L.A.'s Pearl Harbor Day- commemorating the L.A. debut of the same religio-political revolutionary movement that struck the World Trade Center, sparking America's "War on Terror" and seeking to influence American culture away from Judeo-Christian democracy and towards Islamic subjuagtion to a global, Islamic leadership. 





ABC 7's Miriam Hernandez did call Hadayet's attack an act of terror, but appeared to downplay the role of Islam and terrorism in her story.  She mischaracterized that federal investigators only took 2 months to declare the attack "a terrorist attack" tempered his motivations with extenuating frustrations in Hadayet's personal life, never mentioning Muslim or Islam, and while she did mention "According to the FBI, Hedayet wanted to die as a martyr," Ms. Hernandez cut off the phrase as published by CNN's Charles Feldman on Sept 4, '02: "He wanted to be a martyr and take as many people with him as possible."  How would attacking the check-in line of El Al civilian passengers earn Egyptian-national Hadayet martyrdom?  Egypt has been at peace with Israel since March, 1979. The Second Palestinian Intifada against Israeli civilians was in effect in 2002- was this a domestic American Muslim branch of Palestinian nationalist militantism?  The attack came 10-months after Radical Islam's destruction of New York's World Trade Center. No connection? To achieve martyrdom by "taking as many people with him as possible," couldn't he have struck a more densely populated counter in the International Terminal?  Why could the NYC attackers achieve martyrdom by killing assorted American "infidels" in the WTC, but in L.A. to be a martyr, Hedayet had to strike El Al? 


Ms. Hernandez' ambiguous characterization inferred that Hedayet's motivation to achieve martyrdom was to avenge Israel's military oppression of Palestinian Arabs. If Palestine was an incitement for Hedayet, it was probably moreso as a hub for Islamic dogma to kill Jews. Palestinian TV (both Fatah and Hamas, but also Egyptian religious TV programs) available on satellite and the internet- are rife with government-appointed, clerics damning Judaism and Jews, which encourage the killing of Jewish people to be not just mandated as "the duty" of a good Muslim, but to die in the act of killing a Jew grants the highest reward in heaven. See the many examples on Palestinian Media Watch's page, "Kill Jews for Allah."

Hadayet posted on his front door, "Read the Quran." He might have simply posted the Hamas website poster, "Kill a Jew- Go to Heaven!" teaching that killing a Jew is enough to grant the rewards of Heaven.





The text on Hamas' poster reads, "I will knock on Heaven's doors with the skulls of Jews" - with an axe crashing through the word "Jews."