The World: Israel's Dead Were the Country's Hope

THE elite of our sportsmen have died and the Olympic spirit died with them." So said Israeli Deputy Premier Yigal Allon last week as his countrymen buried their dead of Munich. The nation's Olympic hopes had never been especially high; Israel has no professional sports and only mediocre amateur games. Nonetheless, the men who died last week represented their country's best hope of improving that record. As Shmuel Larkin, head of the Israeli delegation to Munich, put it: "This crime has thrown Israeli sport back ten years." The victims:

MARK SLAVIN, 18, a promising...

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