Germany regrets boycott by families of Munich attack victims

BERLIN (AP) — The German government said Friday it regretted plans by the families of Israeli athletes killed at the 1972 Summer Olympics in Munich. boycott next month’s 50th anniversary ceremony He said he was open to continuing talks about further compensation.

On September 5, 1972, 11 Israelis and a German police officer were killed after members of the Palestinian extremist group Black September broke into the Olympic Village. A militant wing in a West German prison.

Victims’ families announced Thursday they would not attend a memorial service, highlighting ongoing friction between Germany and Israel. German Nazis systematically killed 6 million Jews during World War II The two countries have forged strong ties despite the enduring legacy of the Holocaust that killed

The athlete’s relatives have long accused Germany of failing to secure the Olympic village, refusing Israeli help, and foiling a rescue operation that left German police officers and five attackers dead.

Germany has apologized for its mishandling of the attack and released previously sealed archives, but relatives of the victims said the amount of compensation the government had offered so far was “insulting”. ing.

German government spokesman Steffen Hevestreith said on Friday that Germany promised a thorough review of what happened 50 years ago and is ready to continue discussing the issue of ‘recognition payments’ to relatives. He said that

“Of course, I am very sorry that the family has canceled their participation in the ceremony,” he told reporters in Berlin. 5. After all.

Hebestreit declined to comment on how much compensation Germany is willing to provide. So far, the country has provided about 5 million euros. German media say the government is ready to double her amount, but relatives are asking for more.