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Sunday, April 29, 2012

Remembering the Munich Massacre

By George:

This Sunday morning, as  usual, I was listening to "Religion on the Line".  When I turned the show on, they were conversing with Ankie Spitzer, who has dedicated her life to the memory of the horrific terrorist event of the Munich Massacre.

I realize that most young people today have never heard of the Munich Massacre, but that is probably why it is most important that event this come to light again.  We have become so acclimated to acts of terrorism today, that the murder of a dozen people may not make much of a ripple on the news front.  But 40 years ago, this was big news EVEN to people who were not Jewish.

A group of Palestinian murderers had gained entrance to the Israeli contingent at the 1972 Olympics being held in Munich.  Before it was over, 11 Israeli athletes were murdered while the world looked on.  Then after  it was over, the world quickly forgot about it.

It is now 40 years later, and Ankie Spitzer, whose husband was one of the Jewish lives snuffed out by terrorism at this event, is trying to get the Olympic committee to devote a moment of silence during this year's olympic event.  As you can probably imagine, they want nothing to do with it.  But she will not give up.

Ankie has gotten signatures from the athletes who are now assembling for the 2012 London Summer Olympics, and she is trying to get signatures from all of US to present to the Olympic committee. We who care about victims of terrorism everywhere, we who want to keep the memory of the eleven murdered Israeli athletes alive, are requested to sign this petition.

You can go to their website established for this purpose and add your voice to the rising chorus.  The chorus that declares to the world "We Will Remember, because we Care."

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