On the 40th anniversary of the terrorist attack on the Israeli team during the Olympic Games in Munich, Philipp Mißfelder, Member of the Bundestag, has issued the following statement:
The attack by Palestinian terrorists on the Israeli team during the 1972 Olympic Games in Munich was one of the most terrible events in the history of the Federal Republic of Germany. Not even 30 years after the horrors of the Holocaust, Jews were once again the victims of ideologically motivated hatred in Germany. The security forces at the time did not manage to prevent the Black September terrorist organisation from planning and carrying out its murderous scheme, killing 11 Israeli athletes and one police officer.
One of the consequences of this horrific terrorist attack was the establishment of the Federal Police Special Forces, GSG 9. In view of the new threats from Islamist terrorism, but also extreme right- and left-wing terrorism, Philipp Mißfelder has called for us to remain watchful and for these threats to be countered using the tools available to the state and the security agencies, while upholding the principles of the rule of law.
Moreover, Germany bears a special responsibility for the security of the State of Israel. The events of Munich 1972 must never be allowed to recur in our country or anywhere else in the world. Philipp Mißfelder therefore strongly supports Federal Chancellor Angela Merkel’s statement that Israel’s security is part of Germany’s national ethos.
Anti-Semitic assaults like that which took place a few days ago in Berlin must also be condemned in this context. It is unacceptable that Jewish citizens of our country, in the middle of our capital city, should be afraid to live their faith. Philipp Mißfelder has called on groups representing Muslims to work towards inter-religious dialogue in order to put a stop to the anti-Semitism that is often widespread among young Muslims in particular.