As the world looks forward to the 2012 Summer Olympics in London, many have called on the International Olympic Committee to recognize one of the darkest days in sports history, the murder of 11 athletes and coaches form the Israeli Olympic team at the 1972 Munich Olympics by Palestinian terrorists known as “Black September.”

the U.S. Senate unanimously passed a resolution urging the  International Olympic Committee to mark one minute of silence during the opening ceremony of the London 2012 Olympic Games , joining Deputy Foreign Minister Danny Ayalon and more than 81,000 signatories of a petition.

“The Munich tragedy was an outrageous attack against innocent athletes and against the unifying spirit of the Olympics,” said co-sponsor of the bill Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY).

Senator Kirsten Gillibrand explained “Observing a moment of silence at the 2012 Olympic Games Opening Ceremony, when the world’s attention is focused on this symbol of international cooperation and peace, would pay tribute to the slain athletes and coaches and would send a powerful message of unity in the fight against terrorism.”

Source: The Embassy of Israel in Washington, DC

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