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

were killed.

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 games.

”The memory of the victims is not fading away,” Moreau said.

”One thing is certain: We will never forget.”