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July 26, 2012 11:41 am
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Palestinian Authority Rejects “Racist” Call for Olympic Silence

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The Palestinian Authority (PA) is opposing a moment of silence at the London Olympics to mark the 40th anniversary of the Palestinian “Black September” terrorist group’s killing of 11 Israeli team members in Munich, in 1972, Palestinian Media Watch reports.

On July 25, the PA’s daily publication wrote, in a headline, that sports “are meant for peace, not for racism.” Jibril Rajoub, President of the Palestinian Olympic Committee, wrote International Olympic Committee (IOC) President Jacques Rogge thanking him for not granting Israel’s request of a moment of silence at the opening ceremony.

“Sports are a bridge to love, interconnection, and spreading of peace among nations; it must not be a cause of division and spreading of racism between them [nations],” Rajoub, wrote in the letter, which appeared in Al-Hayat Al-Jadida.

The PA publication does not refer to the Munich murders as terrorism, simply calling the events of 1972 “the Munich Operation.”

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