20,000 Londoners hold moment of silence for Munich 11

Throughout venues across London, the British Zionist Federation’s ‘Minute for Munich’ is marked by people in memory of the 11 Israeli athletes killed in the 1972 Munich Olympics.

By JTA

 

More than 20,000 people in various venues in London attended the British Zionist Federation’s “Minute for Munich” program that was promoted via social media.

A short memorial service at the Israeli Embassy that was organized by the Zionist Federation was streamed live online today, according to the London Jewish Chronicle.

The river Thames in London, the Olympics host, July 27, 2012.

The river Thames in London, the Olympics host, July 27, 2012. Photo by AFP

About 200 people marked the Minute for Munich in Trafalgar Square, reciting memorial prayers and lighting memorial candles. Afterwards, they waved British and Israeli flags in front of media who attended the event.

“The British Jewish community is showing its solidarity with our brothers and sisters in Israel,” the British Israel Coalition’s Ari Soffer told the crowd, according to the Chronicle. “We should not allow this tragedy to go uncommemorated. This is a time to show our respect and remember the dead.”

The families of the victims of the 1972 Munich massacre, in which 11 Israeli Olympics athletes and coaches were murdered by Palestinian terrorists, have mounted a global campaign to get the International Olympic Committee to hold an official moment of silence at the Games. The IOC continues to reject the call, despite its being endorsed by President Obama, GOP presumptive presidential nominee Mitt Romney, the U.S. Senate, the German Bundestag, the Canadian and Australian parliaments, about 50 members of the British Parliament, the Israeli government, Jewish organizations worldwide and about 100 members of Australia’s Parliament.

 

View original HAARETZ publication at: http://www.haaretz.com/news/sports/london-2012/olympics-news/more-than-20-000-londoners-hold-moment-of-silence-for-munich-1.454111

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