US congressmen push for silent moment for Munich victims

By JPOST.COM STAFF
May 18, 2012 22:50

US Congressman Eliot Engel and Congresswoman Nita Lowey announced Friday the introduction of House Resolution 663, Congressional legislation, calling on the International Olympic Committee to commemorate the 1972 Munich attack, during the upcoming London Olympic Games opening ceremonies. 

The Olympic Committee have rejected the Israeli government's proposal to hold a minute silence in memory of the 11 Israeli sportsmen murdered by terrorists at the 1972 Games in Munich.

“Forty years after a terrorist attack that reverberated far beyond the Olympic Games, the International Olympic Committee has a moral responsibility to commemorate the Israeli athletes and coaches who died.  We’re not asking for a gold medal – just a minute of silence.  That is why we introduced House Resolution 663 expressing the sense of Congress that IOC should provide a solemn recognition to the horror that befell the Games in 1972 through a minute of silence at the 2012 opening ceremonies," the congressmen said in a statement.

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