Israel pushes for silent moment for Munich victims (JERUSALEM POST) By GIL SHEFLER 05/18/12)
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The government on Thursday again slammed the Olympic Committee for
rejecting its proposal to hold a minute of silence in memory of the
Israeli sportsmen murdered at the 1972 Olympic Games in Munich.
Deputy Foreign Minister Danny Ayalon responded to a letter from
International Olympic Committee President Jacques Rogge informing him
of the decision by saying it negated the idea of fraternity behind
“The terrorist murders of the Israeli athletes were not just an
attack on people because of their nationality and religion; it was an
attack on the Olympic Games and the international community,” Ayalon
said. “Thus it is necessary for the Olympic Games as a whole to
commemorate this event in the open rather than only in a side event.”
In 1972, Palestinian terrorists from the Black September group took
members of Israel’s delegation hostage and demanded that 234
prisoners in Israeli prisons be freed; 11 Israelis were slain in a
bungled rescue operation carried out by German security forces.
Ayalon sent a letter to Rogge a few weeks ago asking the committee to
hold a minute of silence for the Israeli victims at the Games in
London this summer.
The minister said he would inform the bereaved families of the
committee’s rejection of the proposal. He said Israel would open a
campaign aimed at reversing the decision.
“This rejection told us as Israelis that this tragedy is yours alone
and not a tragedy within the family of nations,” he said. “This is a
very disappointing approach and we hope that this decision will be
overturned so the international community as one can remember,
reflect and learn the appropriate lesson from this dark stain on
Olympic history.” (© 1995-2011, The Jerusalem Post 05/18/12)
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