Honor slain Olympic athletes

In the early morning of Sept. 5, 1972, eight heavily-armed Palestinians scaled the fence at the Olympic Village in Munich, Germany, and attacked the unarmed and undefended Israeli Olympic delegation asleep in its dormitory. Two Israelis were murdered in the initial attack and nine were taken hostage. A failed rescue attempt by German security forces 20 hours later resulted in the deaths of all nine Israeli hostages.

The Olympic Games in England this summer will mark the 40th anniversary of this brutal massacre by Palestinian terrorists. The Israeli government and relatives of the slain Israelis have asked the International Olympic Committee to observe one minute of silence at the opening ceremony in remembrance of these 11 murdered Israeli Olympic athletes.

The IOC has refused this simple request.

Fortunately, international support for a minute of silence has been growing from many organizations and individuals, both Jewish and non-Jewish, to members of Congress and the governments of Canada and Australia.

You also can show your support by signing the online petition set up by Ankie Spitzer, the wife of one of the slain Israelis, at www.change.org/oneminute. In only one minute you can make a difference by taking a stand against terrorism.

(The writer is executive director of the Augusta Jewish Community Center.)

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