Monday, 23 July 2012

Chassidic Jew Efrayim Goldstein in flames

The day couldn't have started better, even though it was quite early in the morning and most of us were still half asleep, when we dragged ourselves from one side of town to the other, to watch Efrayim Goldstein carry the Olympic Torch for 330 meters. The sun was shining over London and it was baking hot! Glorious day!

We gathered in Catford, South East London, and waited for Efrayim to arrive. Everybody truly excited! Great atmosphere! 

Efrayim himself was in "flames", very excited and happy to be there. And the Jewish community was very proud of him today. 

Efrayim is 22 years old and already a hero in his Chassidic community. Since he was 16 he has opened and worked on seven charities, including the London Shomrim and has over 300 volunteering members. Efrayim also runs a soup kitchen for the poor and homeless. We at the JDL are really proud of him and are delighted that he has carried the Olympic torch today, in memory of the 11 Israelis who were massacred in the Munich Olympics in 1972!

He told us he wanted people to know that he wanted to pay homage to the 11 Israelis that were murdered by the Palestinian terrorists during the Munich games in 1972, so we designed a banner to express his wishes. 

The Goldstein family showing their support for Efrayim.
With friends - Am Israel chai! 
Srulik on the left with his brother David - Top lads! 
This is Lori on the left. We were staying opposite her house, so she came out with some tea, coffee and hot chocolate for us. Really sweet American lady. The gentleman on the left joined her to help offer us the lovely hot beverages. 
Here is Efrayim beaming with the Olympic torch. His mother to his right. 

Efrayim's friends. These two lovely girls were there supporting him all the way. His fan base seems to be doing pretty well. 

This day was dedicated to the memory of the 11 Israeli athletes who were murdered in cold blood, by the Palestinian terrorists in Munich 1972.

Shot during the initial break-in
Shot and killed by grenade in helicopter D-HAQO
Shot in helicopter D-HAQU

May G-d avenge their blood!


1 comment:


    Synagogues worldwide are holding special Yizkor or Kaddish prayers in memory of the eleven murdered Israeli athletes at the Munich Olympic Games 40 years ago.

    Most are being held on Shabbat, 28 July. This is a significant date as it falls immediately after the Opening Ceremony of the 2012 London Olympic Games, and just before Tisha B’Av, which commemorates the long and bitter history of Jewish disasters. As recent events on Bulgaria have shown us, the obsessive and deadly hatred of Jews continues today.

    At the time of writing the IOC are still refusing to commemorate the death of the Israelis, and the attack on the Olympic movement, officially and publicly.

    So I call on you and your congregation to join us in commemorating the memory of our slain sportsmen.

    Our campaign is being actively supported by Rabbi Jonathan Sacks, the Chief Rabbi of Great Britain, who has written a special prayer for this occasion.
    Our cause is also supported by Rabbi Warren Goldstein, the Chief Rabbi of South Africa, who has called on all synagogues in his country to participate in this global moment of prayer.
    Synagogues in over ten countries, from Sydney to San Diego, have joined this global moment of Jewish solidarity. It has also become an educational tool with Jewish schools in Britain and South Africa teaching the events of 1972.

    Please provide me with the name and location of your participating synagogue. I intend to pass the list on to the families of the murdered athletes during the progress of the upcoming Olympics.

    I am sure the respect and recognition shown to these eleven individuals will bring a small measure of comfort and satisfaction to their families who have yet to receive the official recognition so lacking from the International Olympic Committee.

    I will be pleased to email you, your rabbi, or your shul, the names and details of the murdered Jewish sportsmen.

    If we Jews will not remember them, then who will?

    Please confirm your synagogue's participation in this global event.

    Thank you,

    Barry Shaw,
    Initiator and Organiser,
    Yizkor at your Temple for the Eleven Murdered Israeli Athletes.

    Barry Shaw was the founder of the Netanya Terror Victims Organisation. He is the Special Consultant on Delegitimisation Issues for The Strategic Dialogue Centre of Netanya Academic College.
    He is also the author of ‘Israel Reclaiming the Narrative.’