Israel asks IOC to honor those killed in 1972
Israel asked the International Olympic Committee to honor the
Israeli team members who were killed by Palestinian terrorists at
the 1972 Munich Games.
Deputy Foreign Minister Danny Ayalon said Tuesday he has sent a
letter to the IOC. He wants the London Olympics to open with a
minute’s silence honoring the 11 Israeli Olympic athletes and
coaches slain by Palestinian terrorists. Israel is looking to draw
attention to the attack as it marks the 40th anniversary this
Ayalon’s letter came as Israel geared up for its annual Memorial
Day, where the country remembers its fallen soldiers and victims of
”We must remain vigilant against acts of hate and intolerance
that stand in contrast to the ideals of the international
Olympics,” he wrote.
A copy of the letter was given to families of the athletes who
Efraim Zinger, secretary-general of Israel’s Olympic Committee,
said the IOC has ignored his request to hold an official memorial
at the games, as it has in previous years. He said the Israeli
delegation plans to observe a private ceremony, and that IOC
President Jacques Rogge is expected to attend.
”The IOC has paid tribute to the memory of the athletes on
several occasions and will continue to do so,” IOC spokeswoman
Emmanuelle Moreau said in an email to The Associated Press.
She did not say whether that would include a minute’s silence at
”The memory of the victims is not fading away,” Moreau said.
”One thing is certain: We will never forget.”