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London Olympics pauses to honor dead Brits, not Israelis
|Last Edited||Jason Jul 28, 2012 01:47am|
|Media||Newspaper - USA Today|
|News Date||Saturday, July 28, 2012 09:00:00 AM UTC0:0|
|Description||In the worst decision of the Opening Ceremony, the International Olympic Committee allowed one moment of silence to be held - just not the one that it should have permitted for the past 40 years. |
After saying there would be no moment of silence to honor the 11 Israeli athletes and coaches who were killed at the 1972 Munich Olympics , the IOC permitted a video tribute to the 52 people who were killed in the suicide bombings in the London transit system the day after the city won the Games in 2005.
That was kind, and fitting, but it only served to highlight the extraordinarily bad judgment the IOC has shown in the matter of the Israelis, who were killed simply because they were Olympians living in the Olympic village. As has been the case for 40 years, the IOC recently refused repeated requests from world leaders and families to honor the Israelis, including President Obama , Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and leaders of Canada, Australia, Israel and Germany, among others.