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January 19, 2016 3:42 pm

British Paralympic Star Calls for Minute of Silence at Rio Games in Memory of Israelis Murdered at Munich Olympics

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Ade Adepitan, a well-known wheelchair basketball player in the UK. The athlete called for a minute of silence to be held at this year's Rio Games in honor of the Israeli athletes murdered at the Munich Games. Photo: Wikimedia Commons.

Ade Adepitan, a well-known wheelchair basketball player in the UK. The athlete called for a minute of silence to be held at this year’s Rio Games in honor of the Israeli athletes murdered at the Munich Games. Photo: Wikimedia Commons.

A leading British Paralympic star insisted that a minute of silence be held at the opening ceremony of this summer’s Rio Olympic Games, in memory of the Israeli athletes murdered at the 1972 Munich Games, the UK’s Jewish News reported on Tuesday.

Ade Adepitan, a wheelchair basketball medalist, told the UK publication, “It was an atrocity which was committed in the Olympic Village, and of course that’s how we should remember and commemorate within the Olympic world.”

The UK Jewish community and families of the 11 murdered Israeli athletes failed in their lobbying to have a minute of silence at the London Games in 2012. However, Jewish News reported, they are again trying to persuade the International Olympic Committee (IOC) to memorialize the murdered Israelis at this year’s Olympic games, which start Aug. 5 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Adepitan was a guest speaker this week at the annual dinner of UK Friends of Yad Sarah, an Israeli charity that lends people wheelchairs, crutches and other equipment.

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  • Kol Hakavod(Well done) Adi Adepitan. Mr Adepitan works or worked for the BBC, so even better.

  • Len Sigal

    4+ Decades to late !!!

  • Markus Elkana Brajtman

    The Olymic commitee would never do this. After all, ‘IT WAS ONLY JEWS WHO WERE MURDERED”
    Imagine, had it been Muslims, the Olymics would have at least a two minute silence..

    Thanks to the great athlete. He is a ereal hero

  • tan

    Well done Ade. I thank you.

  • Ephraim

    That is a really great sentiment. Good luck in convincing the antisemitic Olympic committee to do the right thing.

  • Nice idea but will never happen. Every Muslim in the world has an orgasm when Jews are murdered.

  • Mickey Oberman

    Bravo, Mr. Adepitan.

    I salute you.

  • Thank you for insisting that they have a minute of silence to remember the athletes
    Murdered by terrorist you are my hero love from new york

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