The Times of Israel reports that 140 members of Italy’s Parliament have called for a moment of silence at the London Olympic Games to honor, finally, the eleven Israeli athletes murdered by Palestinian terrorists during the 1972 Olympic games in Munich. To wit:
The MPs, from across the political spectrum, made their appeal in a letter this week to Jacques Rogge, the president of the International Olympics Committee.
The letter was spearheaded by Jewish MP Fiamma Nirenstein, who is vice president of the parliamentary Commission on Foreign Affairs.
“At all the Games since 1976, family members of the murdered athletes have requested a minute of silence but they have always been refused,” Nirenstein said in a statement. “This year marks the 40th anniversary of the massacre.”
It was time, she said, for “a moment of pity for these murdered athletes and a firm condemnation of terrorism.”
The IOC has never had a moment of silence at the games for the 11 murdered Israelis, other than the day after the tragedy. IOC officials have attended private Jewish community ceremonies in host cities during the games.
The U.S. Senate, the German Bundestag, the Canadian and Australian parliaments, about 50 members of the British Parliament and about 100 members of Australia’s Parliament are advocating the moment of silence.
I say, figure the odds. After all, Jacques Rogge is on record as saying that any respect shown to dead Jews would “politicize the Games.”
But there is still one glimmer of hope. Barack Obama is on record as saying that he “has Israel’s back.” Granted, he was talking about Iran and the bomb, but coming out in favor of a moment of silence would sure be a nice – and for once, meaningful – symbol of support for the Jewish state, and a real zapper to the IOC.
I repeat: figure the odds.
But hey, what if the U.S. Congress – both houses, I mean – held a moment of silence at the precise moment when the IOC should have had it organized for London? I think I’m calling my congressman right now!