Friday, July 27, 2012
Christian Leaders Join Israeli Officials in Calling For a Moment of Silence at the London Olympics to Commemorate the Terrorist Massacre of Israeli Athletes at the 1972 Munich Olympics
By: Marina Rozhansky, Director of Media, Israeli Consulate General – Los Angeles
Special to ASSIST News Service
LOS ANGELES, CA (ANS) -- On Friday morning (July 27, 2012), just hours before the opening ceremony of the London 2012 Olympic Games, Consul General of Israel David Siegel, convened local officials and community leaders at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, site of the 1984 Olympic Games, to do something that the International Olympic Committee has refused to do over the last 40 years. They observed a moment of silence for the Munich 11 – the Israeli athletes and coaches who were killed during the 1972 Munich Olympic Games by the Palestinian terror organization Black September.
Despite 40 years of requests from the global community, the IOC refuses to properly commemorate the victims during the opening ceremonies of the Olympic Games. “The Israeli athletes were murdered on Olympic soil and should be commemorated on Olympic soil,” said Siegel. The Los Angeles community and its leaders have stood with the Israeli athletes to do what the IOC so adamantly refuses.
Los Angeles County Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky, Barry Sanders, Chairman of the Southern California Committee for the Olympic Games, and Justice Stephen Reinhardt, who served as secretary of the 1984 Los Angeles Olympic Organizing Committee were all instrumental in bringing a memorial plaque honoring the memory of the Israeli athletes to the Los Angeles Coliseum following the 1984 Olympic Games.
This week, Councilmember Eric Garcetti authored a resolution calling for a moment of silence at the 2012 Olympic Games. Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa said in a statement, “We take a moment to remember the brutal terrorism and senseless loss of life in Munich 40 years ago. I urge the International Olympic Committee to stand with us and pay tribute to the victims of the Munich Massacre.”
Christian leaders joined with Israeli and local officials and community leaders in criticizing the International Olympic Committee’s refusal to honor the murdered Israeli athletes. The Israel Christian Nexus called on Christians to urge their elected officials to actively seek a reversal of the IOC’s 40-year boycott of any remembrance of the murdered Olympians with a moment of silence during the London games.
“By honoring the innocent athletes who lost their lives in 1972, with a minute of silence at the Olympic Games in London, we will send a message to those who practice tyranny and terrorism that peace and liberty are values that people everywhere deserve,” said Dr. Jim Tolle, pastor of El Camino Church in Van Nuys – the nation’s largest Hispanic church -- in a statement to the media. He asked churches to offer prayers this Sunday asking God to bless Israel.
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