David Cameron: World Must 'Never Forget' Olympic Munich Massacre
The world must “never forget” the terrorist attacks that killed Israeli athletes at the Munich Olympics, David Cameron has said.
On the 40th anniversary of the attack, the British Prime Minister led tributes to the 11 men who lost their lives on “one of the darkest days in the history of the Olympic Games”.
He said Britain understands the terrible impact of terrorism as the London 2012 Olympics were announced the day before the bombings on July 7, 2005.
"The British people know only too well what it is like to suffer at the hands of terrorists,” he said.
“Our euphoria at winning the right to host these Olympics was brutally shattered within just 24 hours when terrorists targeted the London transport system and 52 innocent men and women were murdered.
“Our two countries, Britain and Israel share the same determination to fight terrorism and to ensure that these evil deeds will never win.”
Mr Cameron was speaking at a memorial event to mark the massacre by Palestinian gunmen during the 1972 summer Olympics in Germany.
He described it as a “sickening act of terrorism that betrayed everything the Olympic movement stands for and everything that we in Britain believe in”.
“It was a truly shocking act of evil,” he said. “A crime against the Jewish people. A crime against humanity. A crime the world must never forget.
He also said the world must remember the six Israeli holiday makers murdered by a suicide bomber in Bulgaria just last month.
“Britain will always be a staunch friend of Israel,” he said. “And we will stand with the Jewish people – and with all victims of terror around the world, whoever they are and wherever they are from."