Jewish leaders observe a minute’s silence at 11am to remember the eleven Israeli athletes and coaches killed in Munich on 5 September 1972.
The one minute’s silence was held at Benefactors Hall, Darlinghurst in Sydney.
Vic Alhadeff, CEO of the NSW Jewish Board of Deputies, spoke in some detail about the Munich massacre and how the event unfolded.
He spoke about the campaign to call for a minute’s silence at the opening ceremony of the 2012 Olympic Games.
He deplored the consistent refusal of International Olympic Committee (IOC) President Jacques Rogge to heed these calls and his decision to hold a low-key memorial ceremony away from the public eye.
Vic Alhadeff then read out the names of those who had been killed, before those present, numbering just fewer than fifty held a minute’s silence.
More images of the event can be seen here.
London 2012 OlympicsThe Telegraph reports that British Prime Minister, David Cameron, has refused to back calls for a minutes silence to remember the eleven Israelis murdered by Palestinian group Black September at the Munich Olympic Games, forty years ago.
He considered planned memorial events to be the proper way to remember what had happened.
Ankie Spinker and Illana Romano, whose husbands were amongst those killed in the attack handed a petition to IOC President Jacques Rogge, on 24 July, containing more than 105,000 signatures in support of a minute’s silence.