US House Committee Seeks Tribute to Israelis Slain at ’72 Olympics
A U.S. House of Representatives panel is urging the International Olympic Committee to pay tribute to 11 Israeli team members killed by Palestinian terrorists at the 1972 Munich Games. The measure asks for a moment of silence at this year’s games and all future Olympics.
The House Foreign Affairs Committee approved the non-binding resolution by voice vote.
This year marks the 40th anniversary of the killings. Last month, the IOC rejected Israel’s request for a minute of silence at the start of this summer’s games in London, saying it had paid tribute to the victims before.
Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, chairwoman of the committee, said the IOC’s refusals were indefensible. She said she recently wrote to IOC President Jacques Rogge urging him to reconsider.