King Hussein of Jordan was the only Arab leader to condemn the attack calling it “a savage crime against humanity.” Of course, this is most likely less in support of Israel, and more in an effort to discredit the PLO whom he had crushed two years earlier, as they were clearly seeking to assassinate him and take over Jordan.
A Heroes Welcome…for the dead and the living
The bodies of five of the terrorists were delivered to Libya where they were buried as heroes with full military honors. On October 9th, in response to the hijacking of a Lufthansa passenger jet by two Black September members, the remaining three hijackers were released by West Germany and received as heroes—even having the opportunity to give their account of the operation at a press conference. The press conference was broadcast worldwide. The Israelis were not consulted on the decision to capitulate to the hijackers demands.
a demonic deal?
There is a theory that the hijacking was staged by the Germans and the PLO.
“Why were there no passengers on the plane as it left Damascus? Why were there only 12 passengers and no women or children on the plane as it left Beirut? Why had the German government so quickly agreed to the demands? When Jamal Al-Gashey was back on Arab soil he found out why: Palestinian Liberation Organization (PLO) leaders told him that the entire hijacking had been a setup between the PLO and the German government.”[i]
While the president of the Munich organizing committee, Willi Daume, wanted to cancel the remainder of the games, IOC President Avery Brundage countered, “The games must go on, and we must… continue our efforts to keep them clean, pure and honest.” He prevailed with the blessing of Israel.