A request has been made for a minute of silence at the opening of the Olympic Games in memory of the eleven Israeli athletes and coaches who were murdered by Black September at the Munich Olympics forty years ago this year. The International Olympic Committee has denied this request, twice, saying that such an action is inappropriate.
The request was made by Israel.
The request is supported by:
The Canadian government,
The Australian parliament,
The German Bundestag,
The United States Senate,
140 members of the Italian parliament,
About 50 members of the British parliament,
And the President of the United States, Barack Obama.
This list includes both the country hosting the Olympics where the murders took place and the country hosting the current Olympics.
Bob Costas, who is heading NBC’s Olympic coverage, has decided to hold his own minute of silence on the air when the Israeli delegation enters the Olympic Stadium. He told the Hollywood Reporter:
“I intend to note that the IOC denied the request. Many people find that denial more than puzzling but insensitive. Here’s a minute of silence right now.”
All this leaves me with a question:
Can you imagine a request made under similar circumstances by any other country being denied?
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