Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Video: Petition For Moment Of Silence At London Olympics For Victims Of 1972 Munich Massacre

There is now a petition asking the International Olympic Committee for a moment of silence at the London Olympics in honor of the 11 Olympians murdered at the 1972 Games in Munich.

"It's been more than 20 million minutes since the 1972 Olympics, all we're asking for is one."

Here is the video--and a link to the petition:

The following is from the petition -- IOC: Minute of Silence at the 2012 London Olympics.
Why This Is Important

Tell the International Olympic Committee: 40 Years is Enough!

At the 1972 Munich Olympic Games, eleven members of the Israeli team were murdered. For forty years their families have asked the International Olympic Committee to observe a minute of silence, in their memory. Please help us by signing our petition.

I am the wife of Andrei Spitzer. My husband was killed at those Olympic Games in 1972.

I am 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, killed in the Olympic Village and during hostage negotiations.

The families of the Munich 11 have worked for four decades to obtain recognition of the Munich massacre from the International Olympic Committee. We have requested a minute of silence during the opening ceremonies of the Olympics starting with the ’76 Montreal Games. Repeatedly, these requests have been turned down. The 11 murdered athletes were members of the Olympic family; we feel they should be remembered within the framework of the Olympic Games...
Read the whole thing and sign the petition.

Deputy Foreign Minister Danny Ayalon has requested that the IOC honor the Israeli athletes murdered at Munich Olympics

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