| LONDON, July 27
LONDON, July 27 Israel's sports minister, Limor
Livnat, said she would mark the memory of the 11 Israelis killed
by Palestinian gunmen at the 1972 Munich Olympics during a key
moment of the London Games opening ceremony on Friday.
Livnat, Israel's most senior politician at the ceremony,
said she would stand for a symbolic minute's silence as
International Olympic Committee (IOC) President Jacques Rogge
speaks during the opening of the Games, Israeli media reported.
Senior international figures including U.S. President Barack
Obama and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton have called for a
tribute to the 11 men who were killed in a standoff in Munich
with Palestinian Black September gunmen.
Family members of the athletes, coaches and officials who
were killed, have tried for four decades to persuade the IOC to
organise an official commemoration.
Rogge led a surprise tribute in the athletes village in
London on Monday but that low-key event failed to satisfy the
victims' relatives and Olympic organisers rejected calls to hold
a minute's silence during the opening ceremony.
At the official send-off for the Israeli delegation in
Jerusalem earlier this month, Livnat criticised compatriot and
IOC member Alex Gilady for failing to support a call to
commemorate the 11 men.
She said Gilady had told her that he would not support a
move that could jeopardise the unity of the Olympic movement and
"he would not give (Israel's) enemies an excuse to boycott the
"(Gilady is) the only Israeli in the IOC, the one who should
be at the forefront of the Israeli struggle to commemorate the
11 at the opening ceremony, the Israeli whom the whole of
Israeli society expects to represent the bereaved families that
asks that its sons be recognised," Livnat said at the time.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who met the
Olympic delegation later, said the events of Munich had damaged
the Olympic ethos.
"I think that after 40 years, the time has come to stand for
a moment of silence ... this is our demand of the IOC,"
The IOC told Reuters that Rogge was expected to attend a
commemorative event organised by the Israeli Olympic Committee
during the second week of the Games, on Aug. 6
(Editing by Alison Williams)