Just One Minute

Could You Spare a Minute

  •   "Just One Minute" for murdered Israeli Olympic athletes
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    Could You Spare a Minute Mr. Rogge?
    Forty years ago, during the 1972 Summer Olympic Games in Munich, 11 Israeli athletes and coaches were brutally massacred in a well-coordinated terrorist attack perpetrated by Palestinian terrorists. During the 40 years, and 9 Summer Olympic Games, which have passed since 1972, a memorial service for the victims of this horrendous act of terror has never been held during any of the opening ceremonies of the Olympic Games.
    One minute. That is all the families are asking for. Sixty seconds and not a second more. Just imagine how quickly 60 seconds pass:  By the time you finish reading this article, more than 60 will have passed by. There are 3600 seconds in one hour, 60 minutes in one hour, and 1440 minutes in 24 hours. The upcoming Summer Olympic Games in London will last for approximately 24 480 minutes, however, the International Olympic Committee (IOC), led by Mr. Jaques Rogge, has been reluctant to spare even one of them for commemorating the 11 Israeli athletes who were massacred in Munich.
     The Victims of Munich
    Forty years have passed since that dreadful day in in 1972. Forty years and not a day goes by when Oshrat Romano, who was only 6 years old when her father,  weightlifter Yosef Romano, was butchered while representing Israel in Munich. Oshrat doesn't need this one minute in order to remember her father; for her, the memory is constant and daily, a memory that follows her wherever she goes. But for many others throughout the world, and apparently to the IOC, reminding the world of this awful episode in the history of the Olympics is not worthy; apparently this incident must be shunned away and forgotten, as if it had never occurred. 
    And it's not that there hasn't been a precedent for commemorating the memory of fallen athletes at the opening ceremonies of the Olympic Games: During the opening ceremonies of the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver, a moment of silence was observed for Nodar Kumaritashvili, a young Georgian luger who had died after a terrible training accident just a few hours earlier.  This poignant and emotional tribute was led by none other than the leader of the Olympic movement himself - Jacques Rogge.
    Over the past few months, since the families of the 11 athletes initiated their campaign, scores of international politicians and dignitaries have joined them in demanding that a minute of silence be observed during the opening ceremonies in London. Among those joining the campaign are politicians from the UK, Canada, and Belgium, as well as the entire U.S. House Foreign Affairs Committee which passed a unanimous decision on the matter. Many well-known international journalists and columnists have also joined. Israel's Deputy Foreign Minister, Danny Ayalon, has been leading and coordinating the international campaign, entitled: "Just One Minute".
    It is our hope that numerous other high ranking officials, including local influential politicians and the heads of the Olympic Committees in East Africa, join our demand for "Just One Minute" in London 2012, bringing a long overdue justice for the "Munich 11" and their loved ones.
    This OP-ED by Yaki Lopez, Deputy Ambassador of Israel to Kenya, was published in "The Daily Nation" on July 4, 2012.
    Deputy Foreign Minister Daniel Ayalon released a one-minute video as part of a new campaign, titled "Just One Minute" (#justoneminute), in which he calls on the International Olympic Committee (IOC) to devote a minute of silence during the opening ceremony of the London Olympic Games in remembrance of the massacre of eleven Israeli athletes at the 1972 Munich Olympics.