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German cash offer for Olympics terror victims is insulting, say families

GERMANY has indicated it is willing to pay further compensation to the families of 11 Israeli athletes killed at the 1972 Olympics in Munich by Palestinian terrotrists.

But family members of the athletes have criticised the proposed amount as “insulting”.

In Israel, Ilana Romano, the widow of Yossef Romano, a weightlifter who was one of the first Israelis killed, said that Germany’s current offer was “degrading” and the victims’ survivors rejected it.

The relatives have long criticised how German authorities handled the attack and its aftermath.

Demands for further compensation threatened to overshadow a planned memorial event for the 50th anniversary of the massacre.

Germany’s interior ministry said it is holding talks with the relatives and that the “serious consequences for the surviving dependents” should be reassessed.

The ministry added that an offer of further payments to the surviving relatives of the victims was planned.

Members of the Black September terror group broke into the Olympic Village and took athletes from Israel’s national team hostage on September 5, 1972.

Their goal was to force the release of prisoners held by Israel and two left-wing extremists in German jails.

Eleven Israelis and a German police officer died during the attack.

Immediately after the attack, Germany made payments to the relatives of the victims amounting to about to about £1.72 million.

In 2002, the surviving relatives received another £2.5 million.

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