B’nai B’rith International supports the World Zionist Organization’s “1 Minute for Munich” campaign calling on people “to stand in silence with us, and pay personal tribute to those who lost their lives in the 1972 Munich Massacre.” This minute of silence is scheduled for July 27—the day of the opening ceremonies—at 6:00 a.m. ET.
At the 1972 Summer Olympics, terrorists entered the Olympic village and captured 11 Israeli athletes, coaches and referees, who they later killed.
B’nai B’rith International has spoken out against the International Olympic Committee’s (IOC) decision not to hold an official minute of silence at the opening of the 2012 Olympic Games. B’nai B’rith has signed an online petition sponsored by Ankie Spitzer, the widow of one of the slain athletes, to encourage the IOC to hold the minute of silence and praises countries such as the United States, England, Australia, Belgium and Germany for supporting these efforts.
B’nai B’rith also has called on all global television networks with broadcast rights to the games to hold their own moments of silence.
The Washington Post has also called on the IOC to have a formal minute of silence. Click here to read the editorial.