Dignitaries attend official memorial for Munich’s murdered Israeli athletes

Click photo to download. Caption: The logo for the 2012 London Olympics. Credit: London 2012.(JNS.org) After the International Olympic Committee’s (IOC) refusal to hold a moment of silence during the Opening Ceremony of the London games for the Israeli athletes killed by Palestinian terrorists during the 1972 Munich Olympics, the Olympic Committee of Israel, the Jewish Committee for the London Games and the Embassy of Israel held an official memorial ceremony to commemorate the 40th anniversary of the attack on Monday.

Held at the Guildhall, the ceremony was attended by the victims’ families, IOC chief Jacques Rogge, chairman of the London Organizing Committee for the Olympic Games Lord Sebastian Coe and Prime Minister David Cameron. Candles were lit in memory of the 11 murdered Israeli athletes and coaches.

“This evening we mark the 40th anniversary of one of the darkest days in the history of the Olympic Games,” Cameron said, according to the Jerusalem Post. “A sickening act of terrorism that betrayed everything the Olympic movement stands for and everything that we in Britain believe in.”

Posted on August 7, 2012 .