Elli Ganchrow writes:
The day of Tisha B'Av commemorates all tragedies that have befallen the Jewish people. Unfortunately Jewish history is filled with all types of horrible acts committed against it by anti-semitic nations. This year, the Summer Olympics started on the night of Tisha B'Av. The families of the Jewish victims of the terrorist attacks which occurred at the 1972 Summer Games in Munich begged the International Olympic Committee to have a moment of silence in honor of the eleven holy souls who were massacred by Palestinian terrorists 40 years earlier. The answer from the leaders of this global movement was no- they couldn't risk offending those in the Arab world who believe in brutal terrorist attacks against Jews. As astounding as this sounded, as reported by Sports Illustrated in this week's issue, Arab nations continue to order their athletes to refuse to compete against Israeli athletes. Despite this overt and blatant anti-semitism, the athletic world is silent. Sanctions are not sought against the Arab athletes or their countries despite their horrible acts against the Jewish nation. What an outrage! Centuries after the first Tisha B'Av, the Jewish people are continually reminded of the hatred against them which continues to exist in the world.