German policemen stand guard at the fence of the Munich Olympic village in September 1972
German policemen stand guard at the fence of the Munich Olympic village in September 1972, after the hostage-taking of Israeli team members by a Palestinian commando. Israel has asked the International Olympic Committee for a minute's silence at the opening ceremony for the London games in July to remember its athletes killed at the Munich games in 1972. © - AFP/File
German policemen stand guard at the fence of the Munich Olympic village in September 1972
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Last updated: April 24, 2012

Israel wants minute's silence for Munich dead

Israel has asked the International Olympic Committee for a minute's silence at the opening ceremony for the London games in July to remember its athletes killed at the Munich games in 1972, the foreign ministry said on Tuesday.

"Deputy Foreign Minister Danny Ayalon has written officially to the IOC asking that the 2012 games in London open with a minute's silence remembering the members of the Israeli squad killed at the 1972 games in Munich," a ministry statement said.

A spectacular hostage-taking by Palestinian militants from the Black September organisation at the Olympic Village that year climaxed in the killing of 11 Israelis and a German policeman as well as five militants.

The London games open on July 27 and run to August 12.

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