More than 20,000 people in various venues in London on Friday attended the British Zionist Federation’s “Minute for Munich” program that was promoted via social media.
A short memorial service at the Israeli Embassy that was organized by the Zionist Federation was streamed live online Friday.
About 200 people marked the Minute for Munich in Trafalgar Square, reciting memorial prayers and lighting memorial candles. Afterwards, they waved British and Israeli flags in front of media covering the event.
“The British Jewish community is showing its solidarity with our brothers and sisters in Israel,” the British Israel Coalition’s Ari Soffer told the crowd, according to the London Jewish Chronicle
. “We should not allow this tragedy to go uncommemorated. This is a time to show our respect and remember the dead.”
The families of the victims of the 1972 Munich massacre, in which 11 Israeli Olympics athletes and coaches were murdered by Palestinian terrorists, have mounted a global campaign to get the International Olympic Committee to hold an official moment of silence at the Games. The IOC continues to reject the call, despite its being endorsed by President Obama, GOP presumptive presidential nominee Mitt Romney, the US Senate, the German Bundestag, the Canadian and Australian parliaments, about 50 members of the British Parliament, the Israeli government and Jewish organizations worldwide.
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Also speaking at the ceremony, British Zionist Federation Chairman Harvey Rose lashed out at the Olympic Committee for it's decision. "Shame on the IOC, for not appreciating and recognizing what the Olympics is all about...shame on the IOC for its clear anti-Israel bias," he said.
In a further development surrounding the issue, Culture and Sports Minister Limor Livnat announced that she would stand in protest at the Olympic Games opening ceremony on Friday evening, over the Olympic Committee's refusal to hold a minute of silence.