Israel's deputy foreign minister is taking to social media to pressure the International Olympic Committee to reverse its stance against a moment of silence at the London Games for 11 Israeli athletes and coaches killed at the 1972 games.
"We will not let this issue rest and we will be launching a concerted campaign to have the IOC reconsider their position," Danny Ayalon posted on his Facebook page on Thursday. "All we ask for is 'Just One Minute!'"
Ayalon repeatedly tweeted a plea for support early Friday, directing people to an online petition sponsored by a Ankie Spitzer, whose husband - fencing coach Andre Spitzer - was among those killed by the Palestinian terror group Black September.
IOC President Jacques Rogge, in a letter to Ayalon received this week, did not directly mention the request for a moment of silence. But he said the IOC "officially paid tribute" to the memory of those killed on several occasions and will continue in consultation with the Israeli Olympic Committee.
"Please rest assured that, within the Olympic family, the memory of the victims of the terrible massacre in 1972 will never fade away," Rogge wrote.
Ayalon said the response was unacceptable.FULL STORY