“Criminalists from the extremism and terrorism department of the Prague police have been dealing with the case of a woman who was at a rally in the center of Prague since Wednesday evening. She was wearing a T-shirt with an inscription that caught their attention and they are now investigating the situation,” Prague police officers said on the X social network.
The woman was wearing a sweatshirt with the words Olympics 1972 – that’s the year the Olympics were held in Munich. The Palestinian group Black September kidnapped and then murdered 11 Israeli athletes on September 5.
“In the context of the recent terrorist attacks on Israel, wearing a sweatshirt referencing the 1972 Olympics, during which Israeli athletes were murdered? Such a piece of clothing does not cover, but exposes: utter cynicism, stupidity and contempt for the basic values of our society,” wrote Minister of the Interior Vít Rakušan (STAN) on the X network. He added that the police are investigating whether there was a violation of the law.
Two rallies were held in the center of the capital on Wednesday. Hundreds of people gathered in the afternoon in the Old Town Square in support of Israel after the October attack by the Palestinian movement Hamas. The event was organized by the Federation of Jewish Communities, and Prime Minister Petr Fiala (ODS) spoke at it. Around 200 people then gathered in Wenceslas Square in the evening for a demonstration in support of the Palestinians in the conflict with Israel.
The Olympic Games in Munich in 1972 were supposed to show the world a new Germany, friendly and cheerful, more than a quarter of a century after the end of the Second World War. Instead, they went down in history as the scene of a terrorist attack by Palestinian extremists that resulted in the death of five athletes from Israel and six other members of the Israeli expedition. One West German policeman and five of the eight terrorists also died.
On October 7, Hamas militants invaded the territory of southern Israel, killed more than a thousand mostly civilians, and abducted more than two hundred people to the Gaza Strip. Israel responded by bombing the Gaza Strip and ground operations in Palestinian-held territory. Israeli military actions in the Gaza Strip have claimed the lives of more than 8,000 people, according to the Gaza Health Ministry. The Israeli army has also stepped up raids against Palestinian militants in the occupied West Bank and is fighting the Lebanese Shiite radical movement Hezbollah on the northern borders of the Jewish state.
Support for Israel in Prague. Prime Minister Petr Fiala was also at the demonstration (November 1, 2023)