As the Olympic Games in London draw closer, there have been more and more calls for a moment of silence for the 40th anniversary of the terrorist attack that took the lives of 12 people including 11 Israeli athletes and coaches.
The World Zionist Organization's Department for Diaspora Activities and the Zionist Federation of the United Kingdom are organizing a special memorial service webcast. On Friday morning, July 27th at 10:45am, hundreds of thousands of people around the world will stand in protest of the International Olympics Committee decision not to hold an official moment of silence and instead holding one independently.
The memorial service will be streamed live on the internet at 10:45am (GMT+1) at www.minuteformunich.org and on http://www.izionist.org/minute. The WZO is encouraging participants to email in photos of their own moment of silence and memorial. Photos can be emailed to Eitan Ori Behar, director of the WZO's Center for Diaspora Communications and Countering Antisemitism at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Gusti Yehoshua Braverman, head of the WZO's Department for Diaspora Activities stated, “over the past 40 years the IOC has refused to hold a minute of silence for the athletes murdered in the infamous 1972 Munich Massacre. Since the IOC is refusing to take the appropriate action we call upon all Jews, Zionists, and partners to stand up and take part in our Minute for Munich Memorial. Join us to send a clear message to the world, that the innocent victims are not forgotten.”
Eleven athletes and coaches, and a German police officer were killed by an Arab Muslim terrorist organization originating from Jordan, who had their roots in the Fatah group. They were Ze'ev Friedman (weightlifter), David Berger (weightlifter), Yakov Springer (weightlifting judge), Eliezer Halfin (wrestler), Yossef Gutfreund (wrestling referee), Kehat Shorr (shooting coach), Mark Slavin (wrestler), Andre Spitzer (fencing coach), Amitzur Shapira (track coach), and Anton Fliegerbauer (police officer). All the terrorists were later killed.