THE HERALD SUN: “MPs ask for minute’s silence for Israeli athletes” 26Jun12 June 26, 2012

The Herald Sun    -   26 June 2012

AUSTRALIAN MPs will ask the International Olympic Committee to grant a minute’s silence at the London Games to remember 11 Israelis athletes killed in 1972.

NSW MP Paul Fletcher and Victorian MP Josh Frydenberg today put forward a motion for Australia to call on the IOC for a special commemoration on the 40th anniversary of the massacre in Munich.

Mr Fletcher said he would now write to the IOC, after the motion was passed unanimously.

”There is a particularly compelling case for the International Olympic Committee to take this action in memory of the 11 victims of this appalling terrorist attack,” he said.

In 1972, the Palestinian terrorist group Black September killed two Israeli athletes and took nine others hostage, demanding the release of prisoners held in Israeli and German jails.

The nine hostages were later killed.

Mr Frydenberg said a moment of silence out of respect for victims should already have happened.

”This Olympics in London is the perfect opportunity to right the wrongs of the past,” he said.

”Plaques and memorials only go so far. What is now needed is a minute of silence.”

A similar push has been endorsed by the Canadian Parliament.

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