House seeks tribute to Israelis slain at '72 Games

House seeks tribute to Israelis slain at '72 Games

Published Jun. 7, 2012 2:12 p.m. ET

A House panel is urging the International Olympic Committee to pay tribute to 11 Israeli team members killed by Palestinian terrorists at the 1972 Munich Games. The measure approved by the House panel asks for a moment of silence at this year's games and all future Olympics.

The House Foreign Affairs Committee approved the non-binding resolution by voice vote.

This year marks the 40th anniversary of the massacre of athletes and coaches. Last month, the IOC rejected Israel's request for a minute of silence at the start of this summer's games in London, saying it had paid tribute to the victims before.

Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, chairwoman of the committee, said the IOC's refusals were indefensible. The Florida Republicans said she recently wrote to IOC President Jacque Rogge urging him to reconsider.