Olympic Committee VP: Fear of Arab Boycott Led to Minute of Silence Rejection

July 24, 2012 10:06 am 12 comments

Opening Ceremony from 2000 Summer Games in Sydney, Australia. Photo: wiki commons.

As the 2012 Summer Olympics approach, it’s becoming ever more certain that calls for a minute of silence during the opening ceremony on July 27th to mark the 40 year anniversary of the murders of 11 Israeli team members at the 1972 Games, will be rejected.

According to an interview given by Thomas Bach, the Vice President of the International Olympic Committee, the threats to boycott the opening ceremony made by Arab states in the event of an official minute of silence, have led the IOC to mark the 40 year anniversary in other ways, including a minute of silence on Monday inside the Olympic Village, led by IOC President Jacques Rogge.

The Arab boycott “had been a possibility, according to some of our advice”, Bach said according to Israel’s Channel 2 news.

The push to hold a minute of silence during the opening ceremony in London began with Ankie Spitzer – the widow of an Israeli delegate killed in Munich by Palestinian terrorists – and has been championed by world leaders ranging from President Obama to German Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle.

Other lawmakers from the United States and Canada were also active in pushing for the minute of silence.

Back in May, IOC President Jacques Rogge publicly stated the opening ceremony would not include a minute of silence, while stating “within the Olympic family, the memory of the victims of the terrible massacre in Munich in 1972 will never fade away.”

Moments of silence have been held at previous Olympic ceremonies, including one remembering the victims of the 9/11 attack at the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City, Utah.

12 Comments

  • Asher Garber

    The same criticism should be levied towards Sepp Blatter and his FIFA crew who have had Israel compete for the World Cup in the Europe division and not in Africa/Asia where, not surprisingly, all of Israel’s neighbors compete. Funny how Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon and Syria all play in Africa/Asia but the one country who shares borders with all 4 plays in Europe. Because, sheesh, we can’t possibly run a world tournament in peace when Jews share the field with Arabs.

    Funny how Euro society blames Israel for a lack of peace on the planet and refuses to criticize itself.

    Stay classy, World.

  • Asher Garber

    The same criticism should be levied towards Sepp Blatter and his FIFA crew who have had Israel compete for the World Cup in the Europe division and not in Africa/Asia where, not surprisingly, all of Israel’s neighbors compete. Funny how Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon and Syria all play in Africa/Asia but the one country who shares borders with all 4 plays in Europe. Because, sheesh, we can’t possibly run a world tournament in peace when Jews share the field with Arabs.

    Funny how Euro society blames Israel for a lack of peace on the planet and refuses to criticize itself.

    Stay classy, World.

  • Here go the Arabs again. Stamping their feet and holding their breath because there is something they don’t like. If these Arabs want to have a 1 minute silence for the murderers then let them go somewhere quiet and silence away, but the rest of the civilised world would like to stand still and quiet for those innocent Athletes MURDERED for Islam, SO WHY DO YOU NOT SHUT UP FOR ONCE AND LET THE CIVILISED PEOPLE GET ON WITH THEIR LIVES AND RESPECT OUR FREEDOM ANG RIGHTS. Just because the Arabs/Islam do not want to respect others freedoms don’t expect us to bow down to your level every time you throw your dummies out your prams. PUT UP AND SHUT UP FOR ONCE>>>>Shalom

  • IF it was the other way around I wonder who would be squealing?

  • The IOC supported the banning of MARTY GLICKMAN and SAM STOLLER from the 1936 US team because they were Jewish. Antisemitism is foundational to the IOC. 2012 is the same as 1936..
    German and Muslim antisemitism are identical…and the IOC is just as antisemitic!-

  • Good decision.

    • What decision was right….not to have the moment of silence…..are you pro islam or just an anti semetic…

  • Stuart Kaufman

    The Nobel Prize for Peace was contaminated by a series of disgusting awardees (Arafat, Carter, Obama). The Olympics has been on that same path, the latest contaminant being the putrid refusal to memorialize the loss of the Israelis. To Hell with the Nobel Prize Committee, to Hell with the Olympic Committee, and to Hell with the stinking anti-semites who contaminate the Earth with their very existence!

    • Stuart Kaufman,
      Your criticism is way too mild. This is why there will never be a “palestinian’ state next door to Israel. The antisemites are waiting for the right moment to provide the ‘badly invented people’ with WMD that will allow them to destroy the Jewish State.

    • Agreed, the noble prize has always been politicized – the British keep Mahatma Gandhi from getting it every time he was nominated. Could anyone else have been more deserving back in the day?

  • Evan Kleinman

    Who cares if the Arab states boycott the opening ceremony? They are free to do so if they desire. Boycott away and enjoy! But let that not stop the IOC from doing what is right. This should not even be considered political. This is about honoring innocent olympians murdered in cold blood by terrorists who were also Arabs. If the Arab states have a problem with memorializing the death of olympic athletes who were also Israeli then clearly and unequivocally they are supporting and justifying terrorism and murder. On top of that, even though Palestinians terrorists were responsible for the Munich massacre it has not even been brought up to ban Palestine from participating in the Olympics altogether. That has not even been a conversation and although I believe that would also not be fair that sounds like a more rational conversation to have than the IOC worrying about Arab states boycotting the opening ceremony for one year of an international event that has been going on in modern times since the 1800′s. The Olympians were murdered on the watch of the IOC for no reason except for being Israeli Jews. SHOW SOME RESPECT IOC!!! FORGET THE POLITICS AND DON’T BE AFRAID TO DO WHAT’S RIGHT.

Leave a Reply

Please note: comments may be published in the Algemeiner print edition.


Current day month ye@r *

More...

  • Jewish Identity Theater Hollywood’s Revisiting of Passover’s Exodus Story a Part of Throwback ‘Year of the Bible’

    Hollywood’s Revisiting of Passover’s Exodus Story a Part of Throwback ‘Year of the Bible’

    JNS.org – In a throwback to the golden age of cinema, Hollywood has declared 2014 the “Year of the Bible.” From Ridley Scott’s Exodus starring Christian Bale as Moses, to Russell Crowe playing Noah, Hollywood is gambling on new innovations in technology and star power to revisit some of the most popular stories ever told. “It’s definitely a throwback to the 1950s and early ’60s,” Dr. Stephen J. Whitfield, an American Studies professor at Brandeis University, told JNS.org. Starting with The [...]

    Read more →
  • Arts and Culture US & Canada ‘Jewish Giant’ Headlines New York Jewish Museum Exhibit

    ‘Jewish Giant’ Headlines New York Jewish Museum Exhibit

    Eddie Carmel, dubbed “The Jewish Giant” by American photographer Diane Arbus, is the centerpiece of a new exhibit opening April 11 at The Jewish Museum in New York. Arbus met Carmel, who was billed “The World’s Tallest Man,” at Hubert’s Dime Museum and Flea Circus in 1959 but waited until 1970 to photograph him at his parents’ home in the Bronx, according to the museum. The son of immigrants from Tel Aviv, Carmel posed for Arbus with his head bowed to [...]

    Read more →
  • Music US & Canada Disney Hit ‘Frozen’ Gets Passover Themed Makeover With ‘Chozen’ (VIDEO)

    Disney Hit ‘Frozen’ Gets Passover Themed Makeover With ‘Chozen’ (VIDEO)

    A Passover themed cover of hit songs Let It Go and Do You Want to Build a Snowman? from Disney’s Frozen has attracted tons of media buzz and a cool 65,ooo views on YouTube within days of going online. The work of Jewish a capella group Six13, the track is aptly named Chozen. We are celebrating “our freedom, our favorite festival, our fabulous fans, and aspiring Disney princesses everywhere” the group said. The Chozen music video tells the story of [...]

    Read more →
  • Arts and Culture Jewish Identity Retreat Gives Young Artists New Platform to Engage With Jewish Ideas

    Retreat Gives Young Artists New Platform to Engage With Jewish Ideas

    JNS.org – Many young Jewish artists struggle to define who they are personally, artistically, and religiously. Against the backdrop of that struggle, the recent Asylum Arts International Jewish Artists Retreat provided a space for some 70 young Jewish artists to explore Jewish ideas, to build community and a culture of reciprocity, and to learn skills to assist their career development. “We are trying to encourage and excite people to engage in Jewish themes,” says Rebecca Guber, director of Asylum Arts. [...]

    Read more →
  • Arts and Culture Jewish Literature Darren Aronofsky Adds Psychological Depth, Little Else to ‘Noah’

    Darren Aronofsky Adds Psychological Depth, Little Else to ‘Noah’

    JNS.org – Has the era of large-scale biblical epics returned? Not since “The Ten Commandments” has there been so much torrential water on the big screen (not counting weather-related disaster films such as “The Impossible”) than in “Noah,” the latest blockbuster from writer and director Darren Aronofsky. “Noah” takes the traditional tale and splices it in an eco-friendly and psychologically driven plot. After Adam and Eve got booted out of the Garden of Eden and after Cain killed Abel, mankind [...]

    Read more →
  • Food Israel Israeli Arab Microbiologist Wins on Israel’s ‘MasterChef’ Reality Show

    Israeli Arab Microbiologist Wins on Israel’s ‘MasterChef’ Reality Show

    JNS.org – An Israeli-Arab microbiologist and mother of three won the fourth season of Israel’s most popular reality TV show, “MasterChef.” Nof Atamna-Ismaeel, 32, who holds a PhD in microbiology and is from the Israeli-Arab town of Baqa al-Gharbiyye, described winning as the “the most exciting moment in her life.” She said she plans to use the prize money to open up an Arab-Jewish cooking school. MasterChef is a popular reality TV show that originated in the U.K. It is [...]

    Read more →
  • Europe Theater Play About Muslim Man Who Discovers His Parents Are Jewish Seeking Funds

    Play About Muslim Man Who Discovers His Parents Are Jewish Seeking Funds

    Jewish comedian and writer David Baddiel is seeking public support to help produce a musical based on his film about a British Muslim man who discovers his parents are Jewish. London’s Theatre Royal Stratford East is in development to premiere The Infidel in October, London’s Evening Standard reported on Wednesday. However, the theater needs another £55,000 on top of around £200,000 already raised in order to produce the show. Baddiel, 49, retained the stage rights to the story when he wrote the [...]

    Read more →
  • Europe Relationships Love Guru Says Kaballah Practitioners Tend to Have ‘Less Satisfactory’ Relationships

    Love Guru Says Kaballah Practitioners Tend to Have ‘Less Satisfactory’ Relationships

    British relationship expert Andrew Wallas said Kaballah practitioners are likely to be less satisfied in their personal relationships than other couples, Britain’s Daily Mail reported Wednesday. “All the research is that individuals who have an interest in psychology or spirituality or who practice something like Kaballah (the branch of Jewish mysticism popularized by Madonna) are less likely to have satisfactory relationships,” he said. “A lifetime spent doing self-improvement workshops can just be a case of someone running away from reality.” [...]

    Read more →



Sign up now to receive our regular news briefs.