Thursday, July 5, 2012

As London’s Jews prepare for Olympics, Munich 11 on their minds

The Tower Bridge in London, decorated with the five Olympic rings
in preparation for the 2012 Summer Games, June 2012.
(Iain Farrell via CC))
For the British Jewish community, the most memorable moment of the London Olympics may be a somber one.

On Aug. 6, several hundred people are expected to attend a commemoration for the 11 Israeli athletes and coaches murdered by Palestinian terrorists during the 1972 Munich Olympics.

"From conversations across the community, the key thing people are engaged in around the Olympics is that they want to see a commemoration of Munich,” said Peter Mason, director of the London Jewish Forum.

While a ceremony organized by the Israelis and the local community takes place during every Olympic Games, this one marks the 40th anniversary of the massacre. The International Olympics Committee continues to reject international calls for a minute of silence during the opening ceremony on July 27. -- Miriam Shaviv, JTA

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