Wednesday, June 13, 2012
I am glad HM Canadian Government has joined this campaign. I signed a petition to do this a while ago. Canada’s Conservative government has joined a growing international campaign aimed at persuading the International Olympic Committee to reverse its decision disallowing at this year’s London games an official moment of silence to remember Israeli Olympians murdered by terrorists at the 1972 Munich games massacre. A spokesperson for Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird said the minister called IOC president Jacques Rogge on Monday morning and “re-iterated his strong support” for the official commemoration of the 40th anniversary of the attack. The Israeli government initially presented the proposal for the tribute to the IOC nearly two months ago, on behalf of two widows whose husbands were among the 11 murdered Israeli athletes and coaches. This terrorist attack targeted not only Israel, but the spirit and goals of the Olympic movement Ottawa’s call follows a June 7 letter — sent by Mr. Baird to Mr. Rogge, and obtained by the National Post — voicing Canada’s disappointment with last month’s decision to deny Israel’s request and explicitly asking the committee to reconsider.