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.”