Palestinian terrorist (AP Photo/Kurt Strumpf, Files)
A Sept. 5, 1972 file photo shows a member of the Palestinian terrorist group who seized members of the Israeli Olympic team at their quarters at the Munich Olympic Village as the person appears with a hood over his face on the balcony of the village building where the hostages were held. The death of a Hamas operative at the hands of a hit team of inconspicuous lookouts and burly killers in a Dubai hotel conjures up images of both of the string of killings that followed the murder of Israeli athletes in the 1972 Munich Olympics and the bungled attempt to poison a different Hamas man in Jordan's capital 13 years ago. Israel's Mossad spy agency, the prime suspect in the Jan. 20, 2010 Dubai killing, has known both triumph and embarrassment in decades of covert warfare, and the latest episode would appear to include elements of each.
The Israeli Olympic team parades into the Olympic Stadium during the opening ceremony of the Olympic Games on Aug. 26, 1972, in Munich. Less than two weeks later on Sept. 5, members of the Palestinian group Black September would invade their quarters in the Olympic Village and take 11 members of the Israeli team hostage. Two Israeli Olympians were killed in their quarters and the other nine were killed a day later during a gun battle between the hostage-takers and the West German Police at a military airfield outside Munich.
In this iconic image of the Munich Massacre taken Sept. 5, one of the hostage-takers appears with a hood over his face on the balcony of the Munich Olympic Village building where members of the Israeli Olympic team were held.
One of the Arab hostage-takers, wearing a white fedora, talks with two West German plain clothes policemen outside the living quarters of the Israeli team, where members of the Black September group held nine Israeli hostages after killing two others.
One of the group of seven Arab terrorists who raided the Olympic Village in Munich talks to Herr Merk, Bavarian Minister of the Interior.
An armed German policeman, dressed as an athlete, stands around the corner from a balcony of a dormitory where members of the Black September terrorist group had held a group of Israeli athletes hostage.
A member of the Black September group extends his hand as he talks with another member, leaning from upper window, during discussions with Munich chief of police Manfred Schreiber (far left) and West German interior minister Hans-Dietrich Genscher on Sept. 5, 1972. They are outside the building of the Munich Olympic Village where 11 Israeli team members were held hostage.
A policeman, armed with a submachine gun, and a detective stand guard Sept. 5, 1972, near the building where attackers held Israeli team members hostage.
A West German border police helicopter prepares to land at the Munich Olympic Village on Sept. 5, 1972, after terrorists demanded that they and their remaining nine hostages be transported to a nearby air base, where they could fly out of the country.
Olympic team members stand on the field as the Olympic flag flies at half-staff during a memorial service in the Munich Olympic Stadium on Sept. 6, 1972. Eleven Israeli team members were killed by members of the Palestinian Black September group at the Summer Olympic Games. A crowd of 80,000 filled the stadium to capacity.
US American Air Force officers carry the coffin of Israeli Olympic weightlifter David Berger inside a US Air Force Starlifter cargo plane at the US Air Force base Fuerstenfeldbruck near Munich, on Sept. 7, 1972. Berger, a Cleveland native, immigrated to Israel and held dual citizenship. He was killed when one of the hostage-takers threw a grenade into a helicopter during a failed rescue attempt.
Two West German border police helicopters that transported eight armed terrorists and their nine Israeli Olympian hostages, stand at Fuerstenfeldbruck Air Base, 20 miles west of Munich, Germany, on Sept. 7, 1972. The kidnappers had demanded a flight out of the country, but a failed rescue attempt ended with the nine remaining hostages and five of the captors being killed. The helicopter in the foreground was burned when one of the Palestinian kidnappers set off a hand grenade.
Ankie Spitzer, widow of the Israeli fencing coach, Andre Spitzer, who was slain by terrorists Sept. 5, surveys the room where the incident occurred at Munich's Olympic Village on Sept. 8, 1972. The chalk circles on the wall were made by West German police to trace the impact of the bullets.
These are stock portraits of five of the Israelis held hostage by Arab terrorists at the Olympic Village in Munich, Germany, on Sept. 5, 1972. In the top row, from left, are: Joseph Romano, weightlifter; Amitzur Shapira, athletics coach; and David Berger, weightlifter. In bottom row, from left are, Andre Spitzer, fencing coach; and Kehat Shorr, marksmanship coach. It is reported that the second Israeli killed was Romano.