Families of Israeli athletes killed in Germany in 1972 demand compensation from Libyan frozen funds

Families of Israeli athletes killed in Germany in 1972 demand compensation from Libyan frozen funds

November 28, 2021 - 21:20
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Written By: AbdulkaderAssad

German newspaper Süddeutsche Zeitung said the families of the 11 Israeli athletes who were killed in an attack at the Munich Olympics in 1972 are demanding that the United Nations provide them with 110 million euros in compensation, amounting to 10 million for each family from the funds left over by former Libyan dictator Muammar Gaddafi, which were confiscated by the organization after his death in 2011.

The report said that Israeli ambassador to the UN, Gilad Erdan, provided the United Nations with information that connected Gadhafi to the attack, which was carried out by the Palestinian Black September organization.

According to the families of the athletes, Gaddafi was involved in the attack in several ways: among others, some of the attackers were trained in Libya, while one entered into Germany with a fake Libyan passport. 

It was also alleged that Gaddafi paid Yasser Arafat – then a member of the Fatah Palestinian resistance organization and later chairman of the Palestinian Authority – five million dollars after the attack as “recognition.”

The report said Libya also held celebrations for the attackers following the release of three of them from a German prison. 

Süddeutsche Zeitung reported that the families had received compensation in the past from Germany, due to the failure of the country’s security system which enabled the attack. A few months after the Olympics, one million dollars were transferred to the families through the Red Cross. In 2002, Germany sent them an additional three million.

The families’ current argument relies on the fact that in the past, Libya has compensated the victims of terrorist incidents that were carried out by its citizens or on its soil.

In 2008, Libya transferred 1.5 billion dollars to the families of the 270 victims of the 1988 Lockerbie airline bombing—a bomb attack on an aircraft flying from London to New York, for which Libya was held responsible.