WASHINGTON, D.C. (The Citizen) — Two New York congressmen hope the International Olympic Committee will allow a moment of silence at this year’s Summer Olympics in honor of the victims of the massacre at the 1972 Summer Olympics in Munich.
Israel requested the moment of silence to commemorate the attacks by a Palestinian terrorist group that killed 11 Israeli athletes and coaches. The IOC rejected the request, but U.S. Rep. Richard Hanna, R-Barneveld, and U.S. Rep. Steve Israel, D-Huntington, hope the committee will reconsider.
“I hope the International Olympics Committee will reverse its decision to deny a moment of silence in honor of the victims of the Munich Massacre,” Hanna said in a news release. “A life can never be repaid but it can be honored. This gesture would respect and honor the 11 Israeli citizens who lost their lives. Moving forward, it would build confidence and trust in the hearts and minds of the international community that horrific acts like those of 1972 will never be tolerated.”