20,000 Londoners hold Munich moment of silence

UK Zionist Federation chair: Shame on IOC for anti-Israel bias; Almost 27 million Britons watch official Olympics ceremony.

By JPOST STAFF, REUTERS, JTA
July 29, 2012 01:03
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Although close to four hours in length, Friday evening’s opening ceremonies for the London Olympics ignored the 11 Israeli athletes and coaches killed by Palestinian terrorists at the 1972 Games in Munich despite widespread calls for a moment of silence to mark 40 years.

Nevertheless, more than 20,000 people at 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 Israel Embassy that was organized by the British Zionist Federation was streamed live online Friday, where federation chairman Harvey Rose lashed out at the International Olympic Committee for its decision.