In 1972 at the Summer Olympics in Munich, Germany, 11 Israeli athletes were murdered by the Palestinian terrorist organization Black September. Within days of the massacre, Israeli Prime Minister Golda Meir secretly ordered Israel’s clandestine service, the Mossad, to hunt down and assassinate all those who were responsible for the planning and execution of the Olympic massacre. Over the course of the next seven years, more than a dozen terrorists and terror masterminds were killed throughout Europe and the Middle East.
Directed by Rob Maiberg, “Code Name: Bayonet” (2006) exposes for the first time the real story of the Mossad’s top secret “Bayonet” unit, which was responsible for Israel’s retaliation. As part of the Library’s continuing Israeli Film Series, the documentary will be screened at noon on Wednesday, Sept. 5
, in the Mary Pickford Theater on the third floor of the Library’s James Madison Building, 101 Independence Ave. S.E., Washington, D.C. Sponsored by the Library’s Motion Picture, Broadcasting and Recorded Sound Division and the Hebrew Language Table in cooperation with the Embassy of Israel, the screening is free and open to the public; no tickets are required.
This covert Israeli operation has been the subject of innumerable accounts by writers, journalists and filmmakers, including Steven Spielberg in his 2005 feature film “Munich.” Told for the first time by Mossad agents and CIA operatives who were involved, “Code Name: Bayonet” gives an unrivalled and compelling account of Israel’s unprecedented actions.
For the past decade, the Embassy of Israel has been presenting the Library of Congress with moving-image material to complement more than 100 items in the Library’s Embassy of Israel collection. First presented to the Library in 1997 by Ambassador Eliahu Ben-Elissar, the collection is made possible under the terms of a Feb. 19, 1950, agreement between the United States and Israel (Treaties and Other International Acts Series 2169), under which the official publications of Israeli government agencies are made available through the Library of Congress.