London won´t hold minute of silence for 1972 victims (JERUSALEM POST) By MICHAEL FREUND 05/03/12)
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The International Olympic Committee will not hold a minute of silence
at the upcoming London games for the 11 Israeli athletes who were
murdered at the 1972 Munich Olympics, an IOC official told The
Jerusalem Post this week.
In a video recently posted on YouTube, Ankie Spitzer, the widow of
Andrei Spitzer, an Israeli fencing coach killed in Munich, issued a
heartfelt appeal to the IOC.
Together with the Jewish Community Center of Rockland, she also
launched an online petition that has garnered over 20,000 signatures.
“I am asking for one minute of silence for the memory of the 11
Israeli athletes, coaches and referees murdered at the 1972 Summer
Olympics in Munich,” Spitzer writes in the petition, adding, “Just
one minute at the 2012 London Summer Olympics and at every Olympic
Game, to promote peace.”
The IOC told the Post they would not honor Spitzer’s request.
“The IOC has paid tribute to the memory of the athletes who
tragically died in Munich in 1972 on several occasions and will
continue to do so,” Emmanuelle Moreau, IOC head of media relations,
told the Post. “However, we do not foresee any commemoration during
the opening ceremony of the London Games.”
Moreau insisted that “The memory of the victims is not fading away.
One thing is certain, we will never forget.”
She added that, “During the period of the games, the Israeli National
Olympic Committee traditionally hosts a reception in memory of the
victims and the IOC is always strongly represented. London will be no
On September 5, 1972, Palestinian terrorists disguised as athletes
attacked the dormitory housing the Israeli delegation to the Munich
games and took hostages, resulting in the deaths of 11 Israelis and 1
The incident came to be known as the “Munich massacre.”
For the past four decades, Spitzer and others have repeatedly sought
to persuade the IOC to incorporate a minute of silence during the
opening ceremonies of the games.
“I have no political or religious agenda. Just the hope that my
husband and the other men who went to the Olympics in peace,
friendship and sportsmanship are given what they deserve,” Spitzer
wrote in the petition to the IOC.
“Forty years is long enough to wait.” (© 1995-2011, The Jerusalem
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