125 Italian MPs on Thursday signed a letter to the president of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) calling for a minute of silence at the upcoming London games to commemorate the 1972 Munich Olympics massacre.

Eleven Israeli Olympic athletes were killed at the Munich games by the Palestinian terror organization Black September on September 5th 1972.

"For over forty years, the victims’ families have asked the IOC to observe a minute of silence during the opening ceremony of all the Olympic Games that followed the massacre and their request has never been answered," said Vice President of the Foreign Affairs Committee of the Italian Chamber of Deputies Fiamma Nirenstein.

The request, she said, is motivated "solely by humanitarian considerations and by the hope that sports and athletics must be a unifying force, transcending boundaries and flags."

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