(Communicated by the Deputy Foreign Minister's Bureau)
Deputy Foreign Minister Daniel Ayalon met on Tuesday, 3 July 2012, with the
Australian Speaker of Parliament, Mr. Peter Slipper. Mr. Slipper is in Israel
for his first visit in his role as Speaker of Parliament. Also at the meeting
were Ilana Romano and Ankie Spitzer, the widows of Yosef Romano and Andrei
Spitzer, who were murdered by Palestinian terrorists at the Munich Olympic Games in
DFM Ayalon thanked Mr. Slipper for his personal support and the support of
the Australian Parliament for the Just One Minute campaign: "The Israeli people
thanks you and the Australian people for your moral and decent decision to hold
a minute of silence in memory of the athletes murdered in Munich simply because
they were Israelis."
Mr. Slipper's visit comes just one week after the Australian Parliament
unanimously passed a resolution calling on the IOC to hold a minute of silence
at the opening ceremony of the London Olympic Games to commemorate 40 years
since the slaughter of the 11 athletes. After the resolution passed, all of the
Parliament members spontaneously stood up for a minute of silence.
Australia was among the first states to express support for holding a minute
of silence at the opening ceremony in London at the end of the month. A letter
of support on this subject, signed by Australia's prime minister, head of the
opposition and the foreign minister, among others, had been sent earlier to the
IOC President Jacques Rogge, after the latter turned down the request to hold a
minute of silence.
DFM Ayalon, together with the families of the murdered athletes, has for the
last few months been leading a global
campaign called "JustOneMinute" in an attempt to reverse the IOC decision
not to hold a moment of silence at the Olympic Games opening ceremony. The
campaign has aroused great interest among parliaments, international media
networks, Jewish organizations and communities around the world, and has won
wide-spread support from many states.