Hadassah Endorses Congressional Resolution to Memorialize 1972 Munich Massacre of Israeli Olympic Team Members and German Police Officer

Wednesday, August 3, 2022


Sarah Rothfleisch

NEW YORK, NY – To mark the 50th anniversary of the kidnapping and slaughter of eleven members of the Israeli Olympic team and others by a Palestinian terrorist group at the 1972 Munich Olympics, Hadassah has endorsed Congressional Resolution 1292, put forward by Representatives Brad Sherman, Burgess Owens and Shontel Brown, calling for a minute of silence at every Olympic Games going forward.

Hadassah president Rhoda Smolow and CEO Naomi Adler have issued the following statement, which was included in a July 28 news release issued by Representative Owens’ office:

"Hadassah shares the Olympic values of building a better and more peaceful world. A minute of silence should be part of the opening ceremony at every Olympic Games moving forward to remember the eleven Israeli Olympic team members brutally murdered by a Palestinian terrorist group during the 1972 Games in Munich and the police officer who died in the massacre.”

The statement continues: “It is critical to never forget the victims of antisemitic and anti-Israel attacks. We thank Representative Owens, Representative Sherman, Representative Brown and the families of the victims for their leadership in advocating for a way to honor the memory of those who lost their lives and for continuing to fight antisemitism in all its forms.”


Hadassah, The Women’s Zionist Organization of America, Inc. (HWZOA), is the largest Jewish women’s organization in the United States. With nearly 300,000 members, Associates and supporters, HWZOA brings women together to effect change and advocate on such critical issues as ensuring the security of Israel, combating antisemitism and promoting women’s health. Through the two hospitals of the Hadassah Medical Organization (HMO) in Jerusalem, HWZOA helps support both exemplary care for more than one million people every year and world-renowned medical research. HMO serves without regard to race, religion or nationality and earned a Nobel Peace Prize nomination in 2005 for building bridges to peace through medicine. Additionally, HWZOA supports several Youth Aliyah villages that set at-risk children in Israel on the path to a successful future. For more information, visit www.hadassah.org or follow Hadassah on Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn and Twitter.