July 27, 2012 Leave a comment
By Lauren Appelbaum, Political Director
Washington, July 27 – Fifteen members of Congress representing both parties held a minute of silence Thursday to honor the 11 Israelis killed during the 1972 Munich Olympic massacre and called on the International Olympic Committee to remember these victims of Palestinian terrorism during tonight’s Opening Ceremony of the London games.
Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL), Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, sent a simple message to the IOC: “Do the right thing.”
“For 40 years, the IOC has refused to hold a moment of silence at the Olympic Opening Ceremonies in memory of the 11 Israeli Olympians – including an American citizen, David Mark Berger – murdered by violent extremists at the 1972 Olympics in Munich,” she said.
“We know why the IOC has refused: Because the murdered Olympians were Israelis, and the IOC does not want to draw the ire of foreign governments who still object to the very existence of a Jewish state in the homeland of the Jewish people.”