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Our Moment for Munich

Tablet will go dark at noon on Friday; we invite you to join us.

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This Friday, Tablet will commemorate the 1972 tragedy by going dark starting at noon and lasting for several minutes. During that time, Tablet will ask our readers to join us in paying tribute to the memories of those killed in Munich.

As readers know, Deborah Lipstadt wrote a powerful piece on the refusal by the International Olympic Committee to hold a moment of silence during the Olympic Opening Ceremony despite an Israeli request. Sadly, the only official act has been a hastily assembled moment of silence in London yesterday, which understandably underwhelmed and insulted an already skeptical Israeli and Jewish public.

The ersatz event–“a spontaneous suggestion” in the words of IOC President Jacques Rogge–took place seemingly without the knowledge of anyone, least of all the families of the murdered Israeli athletes and coaches. With London Mayor Boris Johnson and a few other IOC officials present, Rogge made a few brief remarks on Monday in the Olympic Village and then held a moment of silence.

Ankie Spitzer, the widow of murdered Israeli fencing coach Andre Spitzer, said this about the IOC event:

“This is not the right solution, to hold some ceremony in front of 30 or 40 people. We asked for a moment of silence at the opening ceremony not for someone to mumble something in front of a few dozen people.”

Spitzer, along with Ilana Romano, the widow of murdered Israeli weightlifter Yossef Romano, saw the move as a means to preempt a press conference the two will hold tomorrow in London to restate their demands that the IOC honor the victims of the Munich massacre with a moment of silence during the opening ceremonies on Friday. If so, this act wasn’t just weak, it was a calculated (and craven) deflection.

We hope that the IOC will change its mind before Friday, preempting the need for such a small gesture. If it does not–as it increasingly looks–we hope you will join us.

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Umish Katani says:

You cant force the moment of silence unless you are able to exert political pressure on the IOC and the british government. The IOC has no shame and are blatantly anti Jewish, which is nothing new for them. So hit them where it hurts,, the pocket and the politicians….. IF they say no to Obama, Romney, and others of their ilk,the IOC are schmucks and pro arab/terrorist but we already know that. It is true holding a moment of silence with 40 peope in private does not go to the issue. This is a wound that will not heal. What else is there to say. As Jews we should be used to the slights and insults from the goyim. Still a shame though

Is that noon Eastern Time on Friday, or are you suggesting that everyone perform their observance at their local noon?

I will be doing the same. I am also NOT watching the Olympics.

brynababy says:

We too will not be watching the Olympics. Their refusal of a minute of silence, bowing to pressure from the very Arabs whose terrorists did the murders, is reprehensible!

brian2907 says:

This is not the doing of the British government, only the IOC and it and Rogge would obviously rather upset a few Jews than the whole Islamic World. Insults are a two-way street and no more pleasant when coming from Jews than anyone else. ‘What is hateful to yourself, do not do unto others. This is the whole Torah, go and learn”!

Umish Katani says:

Do me a favor and keep your torah to yourself, this has nothing to do with the torah, and throwing it out as a weapon only shows you dont understand and are trying to stop the conversation. The torah saysl…. thats it ! god has spoken! er hat gemacht oy!, well not really, god may have spoken to you , but we humans have the last word. You haven’t learned that to fight the enemy you need a gun of sorts, letting the IOC off the hook is tantemount to giving them carte blanche to keep their nasty behavior going, don’t provoke the bully! . Its better not to upset the arabs then worry about a few Yids….. Time to take a stance and say enough.. or isnt it enough for you yet.

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