Petition drive seeks moment of silence for Munich victims at end of Olympics
By JOEL LEYDEN
I just created a petition: International Olympic Committee: Minute of Silence at the 2012 London Olympics Closing Ceremony, because as an Israeli, as a Jew I care deeply about this very important issue.
The 1972 Munich Massacre will not be forgotten or ignored.
But we write this appeal to the IOC not on behalf of Jews or Israelis. But on behalf of Olympians, 11 Olympians who were tortured and murdered in 1972.
The Rockland JCC of New York was successful in securing over 100,000 signatures. They and some of the terror victim’s families requested a minute of silence at the London 2012 opening ceremonies. They were told by IOC President Jacques Rogge: “We feel that the opening ceremony is an atmosphere that is not fit to remember such a tragic incident.” Yet the IOC allowed terror victims who were not Olympians, to be honored and remembered during the Opening Ceremony!
The 2012 London Games have just begun. There is still time for a substantial memorial to be held during the closing ceremony with billions watching on TV. With the world media looking on.
The Munich Massacre transcends the families who were directly affected. It hits at the very heart of Israel. It affects every Jewish family.
If the IOC was concerned that Arab nations would boycott the Olympics after the London 2012 Opening Ceremony which would have honored the memory of dead Jewish Olympians, then this concern should not be relevant given a minute of silence at the 2012 closing ceremonies.
Tell the International Olympic Committee: 40 Years is Enough! No more excuses!
The 11 Olympians murdered in Munich were Yossef Romano, Moshe Weinberg, Ze’ev Friedman, David Berger, Kehat Shorr, Yakov Springer, Mark Slavin, Andre Spitzer, Eliezer Halfin, Yossef Gutfreund and Amitzur Shapira.
I’m trying to collect 1000 signatures, and I could really use your help.
To read more about what I’m trying to do and to sign my petition, click here. It’ll just take a minute!
Once you’re done, please ask your friends to sign the petition as well. Grassroots movements succeed because people like you are willing to spread the word!
Do it on Facebook, Twitter …. email the petition to your family and friends.
Lastly, it was 40 years ago. Many of us were not born and for the rest a very bad dream that happened long ago.
Please view the movie 21 Hours At Munich and ask your family and friends to watch.
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