2012 London Olympics

Fings ain't what they used to be around Olympic Village

By Ivor Davis, July 20, 2012

'Known for its cutting-edge bars, off-beat galleries and ethnic restaurants, East London is by far the city's trendiest area…" so trumpeted the New York Times in April.

Was this chic neighbourhood - now the site of the Olympic village - the one in which I spent the first 21 years of my life?


British Olympian honoured in America

July 20, 2012

One of British Jewry’s rare Olympians has been singled out for a special honour by New York’s National Jewish Sports Hall of Fame and Museum.

Ben Helfgott, who captained the British weightlifting teams in the 1956 and 1960 Games, has won the Dick Steinberg Good Guy Award.


Obama backs Munich silence despite IOC stance

By Jennifer Lipman, July 20, 2012

The US President has given his backing to the calls for a minute’s silence at the London Olympics in memory of the Munich massacre 40 years ago.

White House official Tommy Vietor said on Thursday that the president “absolutely” supported the campaign for this tribute, launched by the widow of one of the 11 Israeli athletes murdered by Palestinian terrorists at the September 1972 Games.


Israel will take it one step at a time, says Zinger

By Simon Griver, July 19, 2012

Having served as Secretary General of the Olympic Committee of Israel (OCI) since 1995, Efraim Zinger will be leading Israel’s delegation to his fifth Games.

“I still get thrilled about the Olympics,” he told the JC. “If I didn’t get excited it would be time to step down.”


Zohar's going for gold

By Danny Caro, July 19, 2012

As Israel’s athletes start to filter into the Olympic Village in Stratford, Zohar Zimro will be looking to put a controversial few months behind him and conquer the world.

The Israeli marathon runner was given the green light to compete by a disciplinary committee despite failing a drugs test.


Peter Tatchell: IOC 'abdicated its moral responsibilities' over Munich silence

By Jennifer Lipman, July 19, 2012

The human rights campaigner Peter Tatchell has criticised the International Olympic Committee for denying the request of the widow of one of the Israelis killed at the Munich Games for a minute's commemorative silence.

Mr Tatchell expressed his shock over the continued stubbornness of Lord Coe and Jacques Rogge, respectively the London Games chair and the IOC president, on the matter.


The Olympic orchestra born on YouTube

By Jessica Duchen, July 19, 2012

The Aldeburgh Festival, based in Benjamin Britten’s home town on the Suffolk coast, is an annual highlight of the UK’s classical music calendar. Less attention, though, is generally focused on the year-round activities that take place at its Snape Maltings concert hall and the surrounding complex of studios.


Chief Rabbi's prayer for Munich victims

July 19, 2012

The full text of the memorial prayer composed by the Chief rabbi to mark th 40th anniversary of the Munich massacre.

Almighty God:

We, the members of this holy congregation,

Together with members of the United Hebrew Congregations of the Commonwealth,

Join our prayers to the prayers of others throughout the world,

In remembrance of the eleven Israeli athletes


Chief Rabbi's prayer for victims of Munich Olympic massacre

By Jennifer Lipman, July 19, 2012

The chief rabbi has issued a prayer to be read on the first Shabbat of the Olympic Games in memory of the victims of the 1972 Munich massacre.


BBC refuses to identify Israeli capital on London 2012 Olympics site

By Jennifer Lipman, July 19, 2012

Paris, Rome, Tbilisi and even Tehran and Damascus appear on the site, but the BBC has refused to identify the capital of Israel on its Olympic website.

As part of its reporting on London 2012, the BBC has created dedicated web pages for each Olympic nation.