In 1972, eleven Olympic athletes were brutally killed simply for being Israeli. In the years that have passed, the International Olympic Committee has failed time and time again to honour the memory of these athletes in a public and appropriate way.
As this year’s Olympics mark the 40th anniversary of that tragedy, there has been a concerted push to ensure that some form of proper tribute is paid. In early June, The House of Commons unanimously adopted a motion that called on the IOC to hold a moment of silence at the 2012 London Olympics to honour the slain Israeli athletes of the Munich Games. This meaningful action was important both concretely and symbolically – again identifying Canada as a leader in the international arena.
Guri Weinberg, son of slain Israeli athlete, Moshe Weinberg, describes the impact of this neglect as overwhelming – noting that while the torture and eventual murder of the Israeli Olympians took 48 hours, the IOC’s torture of the families and the memories of those esteemed athletes has lasted 40 years.
Today, as the opening ceremonies launch the games, the IOC has refused the request of the victims’ families, Jewish communities around the world, and world leaders, please take a moment to reach out to and thank your MP for calling on the IOC to do the right thing.