Thank you, Japan. May the memories of the 11 Israelis who were murdered in this horrific Islamic terror attack be a blessing.
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Olympics: Moment of silence for Munich massacre victims for the first time
During the 1972 Olympics, 11 Israeli athletes and coaches were murdered by eight Palestinian terrorists in Munich.By Jerusalem Post, July 23, 2021A moment of silence was observed in the opening ceremony of the Tokyo Olympics for the Israeli victims of the 1972 Munich massacre.
During the 1972 Olympics, 11 Israeli athletes and coaches were murdered by eight Palestinian terrorists in Munich.
This is the first time the victims were honored in the opening ceremony of the Olympic Games.
The families of the 11 victims had long asked the International Olympic Committee (IOC) to hold a minute’s silence at the opening ceremony, but had until Friday been turned down.
In 2012, the IOC rejected an international campaign in support of a moment of silence to honor the Munich massacre victims, with then IOC President Jacques Rogge calling it “inappropriate.”Two days prior to the 2016 Olympic Games in Brazil, a special ceremony held by Brazilian and Israeli officials honored the Israelis murdered in Munich.The moment of silence was also held in honor of COVID-19 victims all around the world.
Prime Minister Naftali Bennett tweeted on Friday, expressing his gratitude to Japan.
I’d like to express my appreciation to #Japan 🇯🇵 for holding the #Tokyo2020 during these challenging times and to express my full confidence in their success.
Wishing the largest ever #Israeli 🇮🇱 team the best of luck in the #OlympicGames !@JPN_PMO @sugawitter @Tokyo2020
— Naftali Bennett בנט (@naftalibennett) July 23, 2021
The widows of two of the murdered athletes, Ilana Romano and Anki Spitzer, said: “We finally have justice for the husbands, sons and fathers that were murdered in Munich.”
Footage of the moment of silence from the opening ceremony can be watched below:
Footage from the first ever moment of silence for the victims of the 1972 Munich massacre of Israeli athletes. May their memories be blessed.
— Emily Schrader – אמילי שריידר (@emilykschrader) July 23, 2021
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