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  7/25/2012, Av 6, 5772

Jewish Belgians Demand Olympic Moment of Silence


Joods Actueel, a Jewish Belgian news publication has released a video protesting what they call the double standard of the International Olympics Committee. They called upon the committee head to resign because of the refusal to hold a moment of silence for the 40th anniversary of the terrorist attack on Israeli athletes at the 1972 Olympic games. 

The IOC chair Jacques Rogge is from Belgium making the issue even more personal for the Belgian Jewish community, the news outlet stated.
 
"The International Olympic Committee uses double standards when it comes to the commemoration of fallen athletes." The editors of Joods Actueel said that in 1996 the Olympics held a moment of silence for victims of the Bosnian War, and in 2010 held a moment of silence for Georgian athletes among other instances of commemorations. 
 
"In recent months, more than 100,000 people from 155 different countries signed a petition, asking for a minute's silence," the publication stated.