May 18th, 2012
05:01 AM ET

'Just One Minute,' Israelis demand for athletes, coaches killed at '72 Games

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.


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soundoff (24 Responses)
  1. Thats it

    Im done commenting on cnn my personal life has been intruded upon good bye

    May 18, 2012 at 7:19 am | Report abuse |
  2. Illuminator

    Just one minute of brazen propagandizing and guilt mongering? Thanks for the invitation, but no thanks.

    It's water under the bridge. Bad things happened. They happened to many groups. Oh, by the way, Jewry perpetrates much badness. If all victims had their minute to propagandize and guiltmonger, there would be no time left for the games.

    Quit being self-absorbed narcissists, shut your yap, and compete in the events or stay home. Don't ruin my good time with your ceaseless whining.

    May 18, 2012 at 9:20 am | Report abuse |
    • Thinker23

      I hope someone will say similar words at your funeral, Illuminator, or at the funerals of your children. I'm sure that your and their souls will be pleased.

      May 18, 2012 at 1:07 pm | Report abuse |
  3. BOMBO ©

    London should make the final decision on this. Where do they stand?

    May 18, 2012 at 12:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • Cpt Obvious

      On their own two feet. 😛

      May 18, 2012 at 12:19 pm | Report abuse |
  4. saywhat

    Well this crime should be commemorated if Israel insists.
    But then the King David Hotel massacre by the Israeli terrorist group Irgun on July 22, 1946 in which 92 Britons, Arabs and Jews were killed.
    The 1982 massacre in the refugee camps of Sabira & shatila and then Jenin in which hundreds of innocent Palestinians died.
    The Oct 8,1990 massacre by Israeli forces at Al-Aqsa mosque where 23 Arabs were killed and 850 injured.
    Feb 24,1994 Israeli terror attack on Ebrahim mosque killing scores.
    The list is end less. All these crimes should be commemorated.

    May 18, 2012 at 1:11 pm | Report abuse |
  5. banasy©

    At the Olympic Games?

    As Israel has been asking for this for four decades, it is highly unlikely that it will be granted.
    I also find the ti tle of this article a bit disengenuous; there is a big difference between lobbying and demanding.

    Whatever one's stance on Israel is, this is a shameful part of Olympic history.
    It is highly doubtful that these athletes and coaches had anything to do with the political machinations between Israel and the Palestinians.
    I think of them every time I watch the games.
    I haven't forgotten.

    May 18, 2012 at 1:39 pm | Report abuse |
  6. saywhat

    Not at the Olympic games @ banasy. But commemorated as crimes of terror.
    And recounting that story two atheletes were killed by the terrorists and others died during the clumsy, failed attempt at rescue by German authorities.
    Those affected by crimes of terror against innocents anywhere havn't forgotten, my good friend.
    It would be unjust to take one case and make it serve as reminder.

    May 18, 2012 at 2:46 pm | Report abuse |
  7. banasy©

    Would you feel the same way had it happened to, say, any other nation?
    They've been denied for forty years; they'll be denied this time also.
    Crimes of terror are crimes of terror, no matter what nation is commiting them; the athletes (and all who died that day, no matter WHO did the killing) deserve a measure of respect, no matter if one cannot stand their country of origin...isn't that what we tell people about the Muslim people all the time?
    These athletes Tand all who perished that day) are no more responsible for what their country did than you or I am for what ours does...I'm not talking about the big picture here, or making any statement.
    I think that the Olympic Commitee has already spoken; so, in
    essence, they must agree that these lives were of no value in regards to the Games.
    I think that's just sad.

    May 18, 2012 at 3:08 pm | Report abuse |

    At the time of UN event Isrseli hit squads were even killing people in this country never mind rest of world.
    This was just a spillover from a dirty little war that began in the late 40s and is still ongoing
    To say that members of Israeli teams hsd no part in that warfare is to be either blind or deliberately ignorant of how Israeli, and Palestinian arab society functioned, in those days.
    Games have always had a political bent to them, I remember two american athletes being censored gor giving s black power salute that was applauded by mot just black athletes but by whites from around the world who sympathised with the need for equality movement of blacks worldwide

    It was the upper CLASS WHITES who screamed the loudest, and the loudest of all were whites in US, to remove their justly deserved medals

    May 18, 2012 at 8:59 pm | Report abuse |
  9. mickey1313

    I for one lost 100% of my respect for the IOC when they gave the largest human rights violators (china) the games. I didn't watch any of those games, and will never again watch or support the Olympics.

    May 18, 2012 at 9:34 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Girl Hitler

    What happened was tragic, but it was 40 years ago. The Israeli government is overrun with martyr complex nuts who think everyone is out to get them, or demand attention and preferential treatment due to past injustices. I wish the news would just ignore Israel/Palestine completely, the stories are all the same no matter which side is squawking. "Our people are oppressed. That's why we had to kill all those civilians. You're with us or against us." Wall the whole mess in and let them murder each other like animals.

    May 19, 2012 at 9:12 am | Report abuse |

    The. Olympic program has become a Corporate, equivelent to USA Superbowl Weekend, or Worlds Soccor playoffs.
    Pampered, glorified celebrity athletes and all payed and subsidized by mainly Corporates.
    It is not the same as inthe past where any youth could enter Olympic trials, today it takes years of participation in "Approved" Olympic events, and inmost cases on US a family income way above what most familys could ever hope to afford.
    Winners of medals means millions in athletes pockets, especially in Euro/Centric nations, and almost all participants are year round proffesionals.
    At least today with the end of hundred year lies of being amature sporting event and full opening to proffessional athletes at least every nation can have access to other nations training facilitys.
    Talk about politics and civil rights abuses, what amd the hrll eas Australias token Aboriginals and the US token Native American BS about?

    May 19, 2012 at 11:14 am | Report abuse |
  12. Cold Play

    The Olympic Games are irrelevant to anyone except, of course, to the atletes who dream of paricipating their entire lives. How sad that the Games have become nothing more than another pawn in the World Political Games. How sad that an event that happened S0 years agi is shoved asided as irrelevant because worse things have happened since then, even it they didn't happened at the GAMES. This world is sick, and I pray that every hypocrite and every hater gets what they deserve.

    May 19, 2012 at 11:48 am | Report abuse |
  13. saywhat

    Good afternoon @ banasy
    I read your response today.
    My feelings for victims of mindless crimes and terror should be well known to fellow bloggers. And I share your sentiments of this particular incident being sad.
    What is sadder though is that we and our allies always try projecting one nation as the 'victim' and force that view over others. Whereas there have been and are thousands of victims of atrocities of terror groups and state terrorism on the 'other' side too. Deliberately forgotten and the crimes suppressed.

    May 19, 2012 at 12:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mary

      Adding to your point of nations projecting themselves as the *injured* party, I'd like to site a point and case that involves the Good ole US Media...
      "June 5, 1967: Israeli committed its biggest, most treacherous and premeditated aggression against Egypt, Syria and Jordan. After destroying Arab aircraft on the ground in a lightening attack, Israeli forces invaded and occupied the rest of Palestine, that is, the West Bank, Gaza Strip, East Jerusalem, the Syrian Golan Heights and the Egyptian Sinai Peninsula. In the first days of its aggression and in plain disregard of the truth, Israel fabricated a charge of aggression against its victims and presented it in a dramatic manner to the U.N. Security Council. Western media spread this fabricated story and the whole world sympathized with the supposed victim"

      Shame on western media, even worse, shame on the passive American willing to except the written word of said media.

      May 19, 2012 at 1:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • Thinker23

      No one "projects" one nation as a victim... except YOU, perhaps. The fact is that Israel is the ONLY nation who's very right to exist is being questioned by its enemies.

      May 20, 2012 at 8:56 am | Report abuse |
    • Thinker23

      Mary... It were the Arab nations who attacked Israel EVERY SINGLE TIME. No amount of lies will change this simple truth.

      May 20, 2012 at 8:57 am | Report abuse |
  14. michael

    You live in a country that invaded and killed thousands of people that had not the slightest intent of ever doing harm to your country, you leave the people bleeding and working like fols while delivering mounds of flesh that should be children all duwe to your nations depleted uranium and you dare talk of a few Israelis being shot by soe AArabs and yes inded most tf those Israelis were shot due to plain stupid German policemens action.
    Remember the request was for a way out of Germany as a political statement.
    the hypocracy of people today is unbeleivable. The world is one brutial place and just because in the past mommys and daddys babied their young ones does not mean that today anyone is safe from one form of violence or another. We canot return to the womb.

    May 19, 2012 at 5:36 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Sam Orbit

    Can't spare a minute?

    Name me another country whose athletes were assassinated at the Olympics?

    May 19, 2012 at 10:19 pm | Report abuse |
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