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Petitioning International Olympic Committee

Minute of Silence at the 2012 London Olympics Closing Ceremony

To honor the memory of Olympians who were murdered in the 1972 Olympic Games.

Letter to
International Olympic Committee
I just signed the following petition addressed to: International Olympic Committee.
This letter was sponsored by Joel Leyden, Publisher, Israel News Agency and Irwin Cotler, P.C., O.C., M.P., Former Minister of Justice & Attorney General of Canada
Professor of Law (Emeritus), McGill University

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Minute of Silence at the 2012 London Olympics Closing Ceremony

To honor the memory of Olympians who were murdered in the 1972 Olympic Games.

Minute of Silence at the 2012 London Olympics Closing Ceremonies

Tell the International Olympic Committee: 40 Years is Enough!

At the 1972 Munich Olympic Games, eleven Olympians, members of the Israeli team were murdered. For forty years their families, their friends and fellow Olympians have asked the International Olympic Committee to observe a minute of silence, in their memory.

We are asking for one minute of silence for the memory of the eleven Israeli athletes, coaches and referees murdered at the 1972 summer Olympics in Munich. Just one minute — at the 2012 London Summer Olympics and at every Olympic Game, to promote peace.

These men were sons; fathers; uncles; brothers; friends; teammates; athletes. They came to Munich in 1972 to play as athletes in the Olympics; they came in peace and went home in coffins, murdred in the Olympic Village and during hostage negotiations.

IOC President Jacques Rogge stated that: “We feel that the opening ceremony is an atmosphere that is not fit to remember such a tragic incident.” Yet the IOC allowed terror victims who were not Olympians, to be honored and remembered.

The IOC announced to billions who were watching: “Ladies and gentlemen, please pause to respect our memorial wall for friends and family of those who could not be here tonight,” with photographs of dozens of people appearing on a digital screen.

British media reports said they included the victims of the 2005 London bombings, and that ticketholders had also been invited to send in photos of loved ones who had died.

That Olympians who where murdered in 1972 were totally ignored and British terror victims were remembered is totally unacceptable. There could not have been a greater display of disrespect for the memories of the murdered Olympians of 1972.

If the IOC was concerned that Arab nations would boycott the Olympics after the London 2012 Opening Ceremony which would have honored the memory of dead Jewish Olympians, then this concern should not be relevant given a Minute of Silence at the 2012 Closing Ceremonies.

The 11 Olympians murdered in Munich were Yossef Romano, Moshe Weinberg, Ze’ev Friedman, David Berger, Kehat Shorr, Yakov Springer, Mark Slavin, Andre Spitzer, Eliezer Halfin, Yossef Gutfreund and Amitzur Shapira.

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Sincerely,