POLITICAL observations & opinions

* the International Olympic Committee, bowing to pressure, refuses to observe a minute of silence in memory of the 11 Israeli athletes, coaches and referees who were murdered by Palestinian terrorists 40 years ago at the Olympics in Munich

Posted by Lew Weinstein on July 28, 2012

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A message from David Harris of the American Jewish Committee (7/27/12) …

The 2012 Olympic Games officially open in London tonight. Across the U.S. and around the world Jewish communities, political leaders and others will gather to observe a minute of silence in memory of the 11 Israeli athletes, coaches and referees who were murdered by Palestinian terrorists 40 years ago at the Olympics in Munich.

Regrettably, the International Olympic Committee, as it has done every four years over the past four decades, refused to schedule an official moment of silence, ideally at the opening ceremony.

AJC has advocated for the moment of silence, published op-ed articles in major newspapers. And, it is the theme of David Harris’s radio message for this week, which we are sharing with you.

Remembering Murdered Israeli Olympians

 LISTEN.

The London Olympics open this Friday. They’ll be marred by an omission. Despite the pleas of American leaders… of the Australian, Canadian and German parliaments… of thousands around the world, including many listeners to this radio spot… and of the victims’ families, there will be no moment of silence for the 11 Israeli Olympians murdered by Palestinian terrorists, 40 years ago, at the Munich games. The International Olympic Committee refuses, claiming no precedent. Nonsense. There have been other moments of silence. Instead, as widely reported, the IOC yielded to Arab pressure – simply because the victims were Israeli. Shame!

If the IOC won’t remember them this week, AJC will.

Their memories live on.

This is David Harris of AJC.

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