Shalom Life | July 03, 2015

Students at the Catholic University of America Plead for One Minute of Silence

Movement to get Munich massacre recognized at 2012 Olympics gains momentum as US, Germany and Australia join.

By: David Shear

Published: June 26th, 2012 in News » World

Students at the Catholic University of America Plead for One Minute of Silence

Students at the Catholic University of America have joined the movement to get the 1972 Munich Massacre recognized at the 2012 London Olympic games with a moment of silence.

The students have produced a film, a Facebook page and Twitter page in order to build awareness of their initiative.

Their effort follows on the heels of the Canadian Government's unanimous support of the movement, Canadian Foreign Minister John Baird's letter to the International Olympic Committee (IOC), and Israel’s request, made on behalf of the families of the 11 victims, to hold a minute-long moment of silence in London this summer, 40 years after the Israeli athletes were killed by Palestinian gunmen in Munich.

On Tuesday it was announced that the US, Australia and Germany have also joined the global effort.

German Parliament President Norbert Lammert pledged his support in an official letter to Knesset Speaker Reuven Rivlin. Rivlin solicited his German counterpart on the behalf of two widows of the Munich victims, Anky Spitzer and Ilana Romano.

“That Germany, on whose territory the terrorist attacks were carried out, joined the cause is extremely significant,” Rivlin was quoted by Maariv as saying. “The case for a minute of silence to mark the 40th anniversary of the massacre is a moral cause of the first order.”

So far all efforts have fallen on deaf ears as the IOC has refused to grant a moment of silence, fearing that it would politicize the olympics.

Below is the video made by the students of the CUA. Please share, join and help build further awareness to this important cause. As one of the students remarks in the video, this event has "been almost completely erased from my generation."

North Carolina Man Waves Nazi Flag North Carolina Man Waves Nazi Flag TrendingDonald Trump Says He's the only Candidate That Will Truly Support Israel Donald Trump Says He's the only Candidate That Will Truly Support Israel Trending2000-Year-Old Mikveh Found Under Jerusalem Home 2000-Year-Old Mikveh Found Under Jerusalem Home Trending
 

Check Out Super Bowl Champion Julian Edelman's Photos from Israel

July 03, 2015 | By B. Shane Morganstein
Check Out Super Bowl Champion Julian Edelman's Photos from Israel

A look at the New England Patriots star's trip to the Holy Land

Read More

WATCH: Jon Stewart Says What We're All Thinking in Response to Ted Cruz's 'Simpsons' Audition

July 03, 2015 | By Maria Cruz
WATCH: Jon Stewart Says What We're All Thinking in Response to Ted Cruz's 'Simpsons' Audition

The 'Daily Show' host was essentially speechless after seeing Cruz's audition

Read More

WATCH: Nirvana Goes Middle Eastern

July 03, 2015 | By Maria Cruz
WATCH: Nirvana Goes Middle Eastern

Israeli vocalist covers the iconic band's "Lithium," with a very Mediterranean vibe

Read More

Israeli Study Says You Can Detect Autism in Children Through Smell

July 03, 2015 | By Maria Cruz
Israeli Study Says You Can Detect Autism in Children Through Smell

New study links response time to smell for children with autism

Read More

Shaw Festival Review: Top Girls

July 03, 2015 | By Hermine Steinberg
Shaw Festival Review: Top Girls

Although 'Top Girls' was originally written as a treatise on Feminism, the themes now speak to the 99% whose lives have become subverted by the whims and interests of a global elite.

Read More

Shaw Festival Review: Sweet Charity

July 03, 2015 | By Hermine Steinberg
Shaw Festival Review: Sweet Charity

YA novelist, Hermine Steinberg, reviews this year's mainstage event at The Shaw Festival.

Read More

Spock Documentary Acquires Sufficient Funding

July 02, 2015 | By Daina Goldfinger
Spock Documentary Acquires Sufficient Funding

The film has reached funding of $600,000

Read More

More Headlines