Alon was a member of the Israeli fencing team at the 1972 Munich Olympics. During the Games, Palestinian terrorists broke into the Olympic Village with the intention of taking the entire Israeli delegation hostage. Alon was not captured by the terrorists, but eleven Israelis were killed in what has been termed the "Munich Massacre." One of the murdered Israelis was fencing coach (and referee) Andre Spitzer.
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One Day in September: The Full Story of the 1972 Munich Olympic Massacre and Israeli Revenge Operation 'Wrath of God', by Simon Reeve (New York: Arcade, 2000)