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Romano, Joseph
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Joseph Romano, born in Libya in 1940 (where the family name was Roumani before they emigrated to Israel in 1949), was a member of Israel’s national weightlifting team and the first athlete killed in the Arab terrorist attack on the team’s quarters at the Olympic Village in Munich, Germany, at 4:10 a.m., September 5, 1972. He was one of the eleven Israeli athletes and coaches killed in the raid, the first being the wrestling coach, Moshe Weinberg.

The attack was carried out by the Palestinian terrorist organization Black September, whose members came from refugee camps in Lebanon a…

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Maurice Roumani, “Romano, Joseph”, in: Encyclopedia of Jews in the Islamic World, Executive Editor Norman A. Stillman. Consulted online on 03 March 2024 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1878-9781_ejiw_SIM_0018550>
First published online: 2010

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