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Rogge expected to get heat at Munich 11 Jewish memorial service

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August 3, 2012 | 11:16 am

IOC President Jacque Rogge in London on July 23. Photo by REUTERS/Paul Hackett

IOC President Jacque Rogge in London on July 23. Photo by REUTERS/Paul Hackett

Jewish speakers are expected to criticize International Olympics Committee president when he attends a memorial ceremony for Israeli coaches and athletes murdered at the 1972 Munich Olympics.

Monday’s service, which is a Jewish community event, has created a “dilemma” for organizers, according to the London Jewish Chronicle.

IOC president Jacques Rogge refused international appeals including from that of President Barack Obama to the Israeli widows of the Munich 11 to legislators around the world to hold a moment of silence during last week’s opening ceremonies of the London Olympics for Israelis slain by Palestinian terrorists during the Munich games.

British Jewish leaders said they did not feel that they could withdraw an invitation to Rogge because they did not formally offer one, according to the Chronicle. Rogge has said he will attend the event and he has met privately with two widows of the murdered Israelis.

One of those women, Ankie Spitzer, told the Chronicle, “I have been asked to speak. What I am going to say to the IOC will not be nice. But that’s too bad. I do not want to see them there … I will tell them they are two-faced hypocrites and should have stayed at home. ”

Her husband, Andre, was the Israeli fencing coach in 1972. Jewish Board of Deputies president Vivian Wineman said that Rogge should be present to see the intense emotions surrounding the issue.

“It’s good that he should be there to see how people feel and he should witness it. It will bring the message home to him,” she told the Chronicle.

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