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Saturday, February 10, 2018
MEMRI: Egyptian Journalist and TV Host Ibrahim Eissa: The Palestinians Who Carried out the 1972 Olympics Massacre Were Terrorists, Not Fedayeen

January 11, 2018 Clip No. 6416
Egyptian Journalist and TV Host Ibrahim Eissa: The Palestinians Who Carried
out the 1972 Olympics Massacre Were Terrorists, Not Fedayeen
https://www.memri.org/tv/egyptian-tv-host-ibrahim-eissa-perpetrators-of-1972-munich-olympics-massacre-were-terrorists

Egyptian journalist and TV host Ibrahim Eissa said recently that the
Palestinians who carried out the 1972 Munich Olympics attack on Israeli
athletes were terrorists. "When people storm the Olympic games and the
Olympic village, and kidnap athletes – even if they are Israelis – they
cannot be called 'fedayeen,' in my view. They should be called
'terrorists,'" he said. Eissa made the comment while reviewing a book on his
show on the Egyptian ON TV, in which he said that the use of terrorism was
"the backbone of the wretched political exploitation of the Palestinian
cause."

Ibrahim Eissa: "Arab culture was the first to use sports events in politics,
and to make terrorist use of sports events in politics. The great
Palestinian cause, which has been the life cause of us all, was peddled by
some, used by some, and exploited by some, but the backbone of the wretched
political exploitation of the Palestinian cause has been the use of violence
and terror under the false pretext that this constitutes resistance against
the colonialist West, Israel, or the Americans. The highlight of this was
the famous operation in the 1972 Munich Olympics. It demonstrated that the
catastrophe has always originated from the same culture. It is exploiting
religion today just as it exploited pan-Arabism and the Palestinian cause in
the past. What happened in the Munich Olympics? A group of what we used to
call Palestinian fedayeen... The truth is they had nothing to do with
fedayeen... Fedyaeen fight the enemy, fedayeen fight the occupation forces,
but when people storm the Olympic games and the Olympic village, and kidnap
athletes – even if they are Israelis – they cannot be called 'fedayeen,' in
my view. They should be called 'terrorists.'"
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