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July 20, 2012 12:24 pm

Obama Backs Minute of Silence at London Games

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President Barack Obama addresses Shimon Peres after honoring the Israeli leader with the Medal of Freedom on June 13, 2012. Photo: White House.

Yahoo News – President Barack Obama strongly supports holding a formal moment of silence at the opening ceremony of the Olympic Games in tribute to 11 Israeli athletes and coaches killed by Palestinian extremists at the 1972 games in Munich, the White House said Thursday.

“We absolutely support the campaign for a moment of silence at the Olympics to honor the Israeli athletes killed in Munich,” National Security Council spokesman Tommy Vietor told Yahoo News by email.

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