The German Bundestag will join Israel in requesting that the Olympic Committee hold a minute of silence during the upcoming summer games honoring the slain athletes from the 1972 Munich Olympics, the office of Knesset Speaker Reuven Rivlin announced Tuesday.

Bundestag President Norbert Lammert responded to Rivlin's personal request on the matter at the beginning of Rivlin's official visit to Germany. Germany joins Britain, the United States, Canada and Australia in requesting the moment of silence.

"The cooperation of Germany, where the terror attack occurred, is extremely meaningful," Rivlin said. "Calling for a moment of silence marking 40 years since the massacre is a moral call of the first order directed at the Olympic Committee."

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