Shalom Life | July 24, 2014

Head of IOC Leads Moment of Silence for Munich 11 in Olympic Village

Jacques Rogge pays tribute to murdered Israeli athletes in short ceremony

By: David Shear

Published: July 23rd, 2012 in News » World

Head of IOC Leads Moment of Silence for Munich 11 in Olympic Village

While the International Olympic Committee (IOC) maintains that Friday’s opening ceremonies for the London Olympics will still not include a moment of silence to acknowledge and pay tribute to the 11 Israeli athletes and coaches murdered during the 1972 Munich Massacre, it seems that ongoing pressure has resulted in the next best thing.

A moment of silence to honour the “Munich 11” was held on Monday, July 23 in the Olympic Village, led by none other than the head of the IOC, Jacques Rogge. Along with some brief remarks after the moment of silence, the ceremony marked the first time that the death of the Israeli athletes has been officially dealt with in an Olympic Village.

"I would like to start today's ceremony by honoring the memory of 11 Israeli Olympians who shared the ideals and have brought us together in this beautiful Olympic Village" said Rogge. "The 11 victims of the Munich tragedy believed in that vision. They came to Munich in the spirit of peace and solidarity. We owe it to them to keep that spirit alive and to remember them."

But, not all who lived through the Munich Massacre are buying Rogge’s “ceremony”. In fact, Ankie Spitzer and Ilana Romano, two widows of Israeli athletes, called the ceremony nothing more than a public relations stunt, and called it "shameful." Both ladies plan to lobby the IOC again, calling for a proper acknowledgment during the opening ceremonies.

Despite ongoing pressure from such notables as US President Barack Obama and sports announcer Bob Costas, the IOC maintains its position that this year’s Olympics’ opening ceremonies is not the appropriate place to hold such a ceremony, but that the proposed Munich airport that will host it in September, is the proper venue.

Jon Stewart Parodies His Critics for Calling Him “Pro-Hamas” [VIDEO] Jon Stewart Parodies His Critics for Calling Him “Pro-Hamas” [VIDEO] TrendingBelgian Café Posts "No Jews Allowed" Sign Belgian Café Posts "No Jews Allowed" Sign TrendingHoward Stern Goes On Pro-Israel Rant [VIDEO] Howard Stern Goes On Pro-Israel Rant [VIDEO] Trending
 

Reuven Rivlin Sworn in as President of Israel

July 24, 2014 | By Moran Azulay, Itamar Eichner
Reuven Rivlin Sworn in as President of Israel

Former Likud MK and Knesset Speaker vows his door will be open to all Israelis

Read More

Michael Bloomberg Receives Warm Welcome After El Al Flight of Solidarity

July 24, 2014 | By Shaleni McBain
Michael Bloomberg Receives Warm Welcome After El Al Flight of Solidarity

The former New York mayor has applauded the FAA's decision to resume flights to Israel

Read More

Trending: #JewsAndArabsRefuseToBeEnemies

July 24, 2014 | By Daniel Koren
Trending: #JewsAndArabsRefuseToBeEnemies

The latest Twitter trend promotes peace and love between Jews, Israelis, Arabs and Palestinians

Read More

Anti-Israel Protesters Attack Maccabi Haifa Players in Austria

July 24, 2014 | By Daniel Koren
Anti-Israel Protesters Attack Maccabi Haifa Players in Austria

During the Israeli squad's training match against Lille, pro-Palestinian demonstrators invaded the field

Read More

Senior Hamas Officials Are Living the Good Life

July 24, 2014 | By Roi Kais
Senior Hamas Officials Are Living the Good Life

Hamas leaders enjoy private jets, restaurants and luxury hotels as Gazans suffer

Read More

Shaw Festival Review: THE SEA

July 23, 2014 | By Hermine Steinberg
Shaw Festival Review: THE SEA

The Sea is a well acted, interesting play that at times tries too hard to make a point we know all too well.

Read More

Billy Joel To Be Honored With Gershwin Prize By Library Of Congress

July 23, 2014 | By Ashley Baylen
Billy Joel To Be Honored With Gershwin Prize By Library Of Congress

The 'Piano Man' will receive the prize in Washington this November.

Read More

Jon Stewart Launches $10 Billion Kickstarter Page to Buy CNN

July 23, 2014 | By Ashley Baylen
Jon Stewart Launches $10 Billion Kickstarter Page to Buy CNN

'The Daily Show' host isn't sure what he'll do with the network once it's purchased.

Read More

More Headlines