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  • IOC contributes $250,000 to Munich Games memorial

    June 5, 2014 | 11:15 am

    The International Olympic Committee will contribute $250,000 toward a memorial to the  nine Israelis killed by Palestinian terrorists at the 1972 Munich Games.

    The donation was approved by the IOC, the organization confirmed Thursday to the Associated Press.

    The German Olympic...

  • Lane of shame: Doha erases Israeli flag in international meet

    October 24, 2013 | 11:52 am

    The international sportswriters’ association, which goes by the acronym AIPS, held its two-day executive committee meeting this week in Doha, Qatar. The meeting’s guest of honor was Sheikh Saoud bin Abdulrahman Al Thani, the secretary general of the Qatar Olympic Committee, who is...

  • New IOC chief should quit group that aids Israel boycott, AJC says

    September 10, 2013 | 5:17 pm

    The newly elected president of the International Olympic Committee heads a German-based organization that helps companies to guarantee that their products do not contain anything from Israel.

    Thomas Bach, a German who was elected Tuesday at an IOC session in Buenos Aires, is...

  • FIFA to help solve Palestinian sports dispute with Israel

    May 29, 2013 | 10:07 am

    FIFA president Sepp Blatter promised Palestinians on Wednesday that soccer's world governing body would help put an end to the long-running problems with Israel that severely restrict sport in the territories.

    Blatter, who went to the region two years ago to try to help improve...

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  • Wrestling with it: U.S. vs. Iran

    May 15, 2013 | 2:36 pm

    Iran is a mainstay in international wrestling. The United States has a long and proud wrestling history, too. In February, the International Olympic Committee’s (IOC) policy-making executive board moved to exclude wrestling from the 2020 Summer Games program. Sports officials in...

  • German Jewish leader slams IOC at memorial for Munich 11

    September 6, 2012 | 9:22 am

    The head of Germany's Jewish community at a memorial ceremony for the Munich 11 lamented the "icy coldness" of the International Olympic Committee in refusing to mark the 40th anniversary of the massacre.

    Dieter Graumann, head of the Central Council of Jews in Germany, said...

  • Beyond silence

    By David Suissa

    August 29, 2012 | 5:34 pm

    One of the most moving letters you’ll read this year was written by Irwin Cotler, a Canadian member of parliament, to the president of the International Olympic Committee (IOC), Jacques Rogge, imploring him to hold a minute of silence for the 11 Israeli athletes murdered by...

  • IOC’s Rogge hears sharp criticism at London memorial for Munich 11

    August 7, 2012 | 11:08 am

    The president of the International Olympic Committee came under attack from successive speakers at a London memorial for the Munich 11.

    Jacques Rogge, who was in the audience on Monday night, was blamed for refusing to allow a minute of silence during the opening ceremony of the...

  • Costas recalls Munich 11 during Olympic opening ceremony

    July 30, 2012 | 10:52 am

    Sportscaster Bob Costas remembered the 11 Israelis killed in the 1972 Munich Olympics on air as the Israeli delegation entered the Olympic stadium in London.

    “These games mark the 40th anniversary of the 1972 tragedy in Munich, when 11 Israeli coaches and athletes were murdered by...

  • Munich's indelible stains

    July 26, 2012 | 10:28 am

    Under the headline “Indelible Stains,” the Los Angeles Times listed “10 Olympic controversies that forever leave their mark on the Summer Games.”

    Subsequently, the Times published (a part of) my letter written in response to the egregious omission from their article:

    ...
  • Congressmen to hold moment of silence for Munich 11

    July 26, 2012 | 10:18 am

    Members of the U.S. House of Representatives will hold a moment of silence for the 11 Israeli athletes and coaches slain by Palestinian terrorists at the 1972 Munich Olympics.

    “We’re going to give one-minute speeches on the House floor and devote a substantial moment of that to...

  • PA opposes moment of silence for slain Israelis

    July 26, 2012 | 10:14 am

    The Palestinian Authority opposed a moment of silence at the London Olympics for the 40th anniversary of the Palestinian “Black September” terrorist group’s killing of 11 Israeli team members in Munich, Palestinian Media Watch reported.

    On July 25, the PA’s daily publication...

  • IOC denies in-person appeal for minute of silence

    July 26, 2012 | 10:00 am

    The International Olympic Committee rejected an in-person appeal for a minute of silence at the opening ceremonies of the London Games by the widows of two of the 11 Israelis slain at the 1972 Summer Olympics in Munich.

    Ankie Spitzer and Ilana Romano presented their request to IOC...

  • L.A.‘s little-known plaque and grove of trees honor ‘Munich 11’

    By Jonah Lowenfeld

    July 24, 2012 | 4:54 pm

    In the summer of 1984, when Los Angeles hosted the Olympics, then-Mayor Tom Bradley and the local organizers of the Olympic Games unveiled a large bronze plaque honoring the 11 Israeli athletes murdered by Palestinian terrorists at the 1972 Summer Games in Munich. The Israeli Olympic...

  • Australian Jewish leaders call for national minute of silence

    July 24, 2012 | 10:24 am

    Australian Jewish leaders have urged all Australians to hold a moment of silence in honor of the 11 Israelis murdered at the 1972 Munich Olympics.

    In a joint statement released Tuesday, Dr. Danny Lamm, head of the Executive Council of Australian Jewry, and Philip Chester, head of...

  • Romney joins calls for Olympics moment of silence

    July 23, 2012 | 3:06 pm

    Mitt Romney joined the campaign for a moment of silence at the London Olympics to remember the 11 Israelis killed at the Munich Olympics in 1972.

    “Gov. Romney supports the moment of silence in remembrance of the Israeli athletes killed in the Munich Olympic Games,” Andrea Saul, the...

  • How the Munich 11 petition went viral

    July 23, 2012 | 2:58 pm

    It began two years ago as an idea by volunteers at a suburban Jewish community center and turned into a major international campaign, galvanizing everyone from President Obama to the mayor of London.

    And in case you haven’t heard yet about the movement to get the International...

  • Palestinian Olympic participation brings conflict to the fore

    July 19, 2012 | 4:51 pm

    A portrait of the two most prominent Palestinian leaders—current Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas and former President Yasser Arafat, who died in 2004—hangs in the conference room of the Palestinian Olympic Committee headquarters.

    The background of the portrait is a...

  • Obama backs moment of silence at Olympics

    July 19, 2012 | 3:09 pm

    President Obama has joined the campaign for a moment of silence at the upcoming London Olympics to commemorate the 40th anniversary of Palestinian terrorists murdering Israeli athletes at the Munich games.

    “We absolutely support the campaign for a minute of silence at the...

  • NBC’s Bob Costas advocates London Olympics moment of silence

    July 19, 2012 | 11:49 am

    NBC sportscaster Bob Costas said he will call out the International Olympic Committee for denying Israel’s request for a moment of silence for the massacre of 11 Israeli athletes and coaches at the 1972 Games.

    Costas, according to the Hollywood Reporter, will add his voice to the...

  • In personal letter, Australia’s PM urges Olympic moment of silence

    July 16, 2012 | 10:49 am

    Australia’s Prime Minister wrote a personal letter to the president of the International Olympic Committee, urging him to hold a moment of silence in memory of the 11 Israelis killed at the Munich Games in 1972.

    In her letter to Jacques Rogge, Julia Gillard said a moment of silence,...

  • Italian lawmakers join Olympics moment of silence push

    July 13, 2012 | 10:17 am

    Some 140 Italian members of the Parliament of Italy have added their voices to calls for a minute of silence during the opening ceremony of the Olympic Games in London to honor the Israeli athletes murdered by Palestinian terrorists at the 1972 Munich Olympics.

    The MPs, from across...

  • Israeli thanks Australia for backing Olympics moment of silence

    July 6, 2012 | 10:27 am

    Israel’s deputy foreign minister thanked Australia for supporting the campaign to urge the International Olympic Committee to hold a minute’s silence at the London Games in honor of the 11 Israelis murdered in Munich in 1972.

    Danny Ayalon met earlier this week with Peter Slipper,...

  • As London’s Jews prepare for Olympics, Munich 11 on their minds

    July 2, 2012 | 10:50 am

    For the British Jewish community, the most memorable moment of the London Olympics may be a somber one.

    On Aug. 6, several hundred people are expected to attend a commemoration for the 11 Israeli athletes and coaches murdered by Palestinian terrorists during the 1972 Munich...

  • Jeremy Hunt, Britain’s secretary for sports, will not call for a moment of silence at Olympics

    June 29, 2012 | 11:45 am

    Great Britain’s secretary of state for culture, media and sport will not join the growing international campaign for a moment of silence at the upcoming London Summer Olympics for the 11 Israeli athletes murdered at the 1972 Munich Games.

    “The decision as to whether a minute’s...

  • German foreign minister joins call for Olympics tribute to Munich 11

    June 28, 2012 | 10:12 am

    German Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle has joined the effort to urge the International Olympic Committee to hold a moment of silence at the London Olympics for the Munich 11.

    Westerwelle joins Canada’s House of Commons, 100 Australian lawmakers and the U.S. Senate in the call...

  • Senate passes Munich 11 moment of silence resolution

    June 26, 2012 | 10:26 am

    The U.S. Senate unanimously passed a resolution urging the International Olympic Committee to observe a moment of silence at the 2012 London Olympics for the Munich 11.

    The Senate resolution, which passed Monday,  is part of a larger global effort calling on the IOC to honor the 11...

  • House panel urges IOC to honor Munich 11

    June 7, 2012 | 3:15 pm

    The House Foreign Affairs Committee unanimously passed a resolution urging the International Olympic Committee to honor the Munich 11 with a moment of silence at the 2012 London Olympics.

    The non-binding resolution, which was sponsored by Reps. Eliot Engel (D-N.Y.) and Nita Lowey...

  • IOC officially rejects moment of silence for Munich 11

    May 17, 2012 | 10:56 am

    The International Olympic Committee officially rejected a request to hold a moment of silence for the Munich 11 at the London Olympics this summer.

    The request to hold the moment of silence at the Opening Ceremonies was initiated by the families of the athletes. This summer will...

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