Der Spiegel reveals Germany collaborated with PLO following the Munich massacre, agreed to end investigation

Der Spiegel reveals Germany collaborated with PLO following the Munich massacre, agreed to end investigation




Long-held suspicions of German collaboration with the PLO following the 1972 Munich massacre were confirmed on Sunday by news magazine Der Speigel.

Researchers and survivors of the murdered athletes have claimed for years that West Germany secretly agreed to suspend its investigation of the massacre and allow the conspirators to escape justice.

The new report reveals that Germany´s betrayal of Israel and its own laws went even further than that.

In the months after the atrocity, the German government established contacts with the PLO and offered to not only end its investigation but upgrade the PLO´s diplomatic status. In effect, it agreed to recognize the terrorist group as a legitimate political organization.

In exchange, the PLO agreed to forgo further terrorist attacks on German soil.

YNet quotes Ilana Romano, widow of one of the victims, as saying "It´s sad that what we´ve been saying for years has only now been put forward. I thank Der Speigel of publishing this information. Better late than never."

The news represents another victory for Romano and other family members of the victims, who have spent decades campaigning for Germany to admit to its malfeasance both during and after the incident.

It is also something of a vindication for Israel. In the wake of the killings, Israel became convinced that Germany and other European countries had secretly agreed to, in effect, let the PLO get away with murder.

As a result, Israel launched Operation Wrath of God, a now-legendary Mossad operation in which the terrorists and their collaborators were hunted down and killed one by one. Only one is still alive and remains in hiding, still afraid of the long arm of the Mossad.

The operation has long been controversial, but if this latest report proves anything, it is that if Israel had not taken justice into its own hands, it never would have been done.

 

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Dienstag, 28 August 2012