Remembering the Munich 11

19 Jul

The Israeli Delegation at the 1972 Munich Summer Olympics

As the 2012 London Summer Olympics are rapidly approaching, Jews all over the world are raising their voices in attempt to implement a moment of silence for the 11 Israeli athletes murdered at the 1972 Summer Olympics in Munich. Although the International Olympic Committee (IOC) has not agreed to include this small tribute to the victims of the Palestinian terrorist attack, the Jewish community is banding together in the spirit of peace and camaraderie, two pillars of the Olympic creed. The London Olympic Jewish Organizing Committee has planned their own ways of honoring the fallen Israelis, such as a memorial, accommodations for kosher and religious services, and interfaith activities. Dr. Steven Derfler’s powerful article highlights the pertinence of remembering this tragedy, not only for Jews and Israelis, but also because of what the Olympics stand for. Read his article here, then sign the petition to have a moment of silence in memory of the Israelis killed in the 1972 Munich Olympics.

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