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Families of Munich Olympics victims vow to boycott memorial over compensation battle

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Families of the Israelis murdered by Palestinian terrorists at the 1972 Munich Olympics said they will boycott a memorial ceremony marking the 50th anniversary of the attack due to a dispute with the German government over compensation.

The ceremony is scheduled to take place in Munich in September, with President Isaac Herzog slated to attend.

“We expect President Herzog to also announce, immediately, that he is not coming,” Ankie Spitzer told The New York Times in comments published Wednesday. Her late husband, Andrei Spitzer, was the coach of the Israeli fencing team and was among the 11 Israelis killed at the Munich games.

“If the families don’t travel, he shouldn’t travel either because if he is there, even to lay a wreath, it will legitimize this cruel German behavior,” she added.

The 11 families believe that the German government owes them more money, while The New York Times revealed that Berlin has already forked over $4.8 million in compensation.

Germany has offered an additional $5.58 million to 23 remaining family members, according to an internal memo obtained by the newspaper, but lawyers for the bereaved families are seeking 20........

© The Times of Israel

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