The International Olympic Committee (IOC) rejected a request to hold a minute of silence for the 11 Israeli players and coaches killed by Palestinian “Black September” terrorists at the 1972 Olympics in Munich, Germany. The request was made by Israel as well as the families of the victims, who have made similar requests each year since the massacre occurred.
“The IOC has officially paid tribute to the memory of the [Israeli] athletes on several occasions,” IOC President Jacques Rogge said.
This year’s Summer Olympics in London marks the 40th anniversary of the murders in Munich. Deputy Foreign Minister Danny Ayalon, said May 17 that Rogge’s response was “unacceptable.”
Rogge added that “within the Olympic family, the memory of the victims of the terrible massacre in Munich in 1972 will never fade away.”