Canadian MP Irwin Cotler on Thursday called on the head of the International Olympic Committee Jaques Rogge to make up for the IOC's refusal to observe a moment of silence for the 11 Israeli athletes killed at the 1972 Munich Olympics by pausing to remember the athletes at the London Olympics closing ceremonies on Sunday.
In a sharply worded letter written to Rogge, Cotler called the decision not to honor the fallen athletes with a minute of silence at the London Olympic's opening ceremony "as offensive as it is incomprehensible."Cotler further charged that "not only were the athletes killed because they were Israeli and Jewish, but that the moment of silence is being denied them also because they are Israeli and Jewish."
He concluded: "This Sunday, when the London 2012 Olympic Games conclude, let us pause to remember and recall each of the murdered athletes. Each had a name, an identity, a family – each person was a universe...Dr. Rogge, it is not too late for the IOC to remember these murdered Olympians as Olympians at the London Olympic Games this Sunday – it is not too late to be on the right side of history."
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