Israel on Wednesday stepped up its campaign to hold a moment of silence for
victims of the 1972 Munich massacre at the upcoming Summer Olympic Games in
Deputy Foreign Minister Danny Ayalon launched a video on YouTube
in which he called upon the International Olympic Committee to reverse its
decision not to hold a memorial for the 11 slain Israeli athletes at the opening
“This is not a political issue, but basic duty of the Olympian
community towards its athletes,” Ayalon said.
“Dozens of articles that
appeared in the press in recent days confirm the absurdity of the Olympic
Committee’s decision. I hope the continued campaign, together with the
international support we have received, will change its decision.”
the minute-long clip Ayalon asks the public to sign a petition that would
pressure the IOC to reconsider its opposition to the idea.
Palestinian terrorists from the Black September group took members of Israel’s
delegation hostage and demanded the release of 234 prisoners in Israeli prisons;
11 Israelis were slain in a bungled rescue operation carried out by German
Israel has pressed the IOC to mark the 40th anniversary
of the atrocity with a moment of silence during the opening ceremony of the 2012
Games in London, but the governing body of the international sports event last
week rejected the request saying the venue was inappropriate and that it would
honor the athletes in a separate ceremony.
“The IOC has regularly
commemorated the 1972 tragedy and will do so once more in London at a ceremony
during the Games, but there will not be a minute’s silence in the opening
ceremony,” an IOC spokesman was quoted as saying.
Israel insists the
opening ceremony is the most appropriate place to hold such an event, and its
campaign has won the the support of both UK and US politicians.