Munich Massacre: Israeli Athletes Remembered

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It was a somber moment at the London Olympics as officials remembered the 11 Israelis murdered by terrorists during the 1972 Munich Olympics.

On Monday British Prime Minister David Cameron led tributes to the victims on this 40th anniversary of the Munich massacre. He said the world must never forget.
    
During the Munich games, Palestinian terrorists broke into the Olympic Village, and murdered 11 Israeli athletes and coaches.

"The attack in Munich and other attacks in both Israel and around the world remind us that even after the horrors of the Holocaust the scourge of anti-Semitism is still present and needs to be confronted every day in every country, including our own right here in the United Kingdom," Cameron said.

"It reminds us of the need for right-minded people around the world to stand shoulder to shoulder with the Jewish people and proclaim: never, ever again," he continued.

Many families of the slain athletes have campaigned for decades for a moment of silence during the games' opening ceremony.
 
But the International Olympic Committee said the opening ceremony was not an appropriate arena to remember the dead, despite pressure from politicians in the United States, Israel, and Germany.

A committee started by a Jewish organization in Rockland, N.Y., gathered more than 100,000 signatures for the moment of silence and counts President Barack Obama among its supporters.

Cameron also said that Britain, too, had suffered at the hands of terrorists, recalling the transit attacks on July 7, 2005, that killed 52 commuters the day after Britain won the Olympics.

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