2012 London Olympics

Israeli official: ‘honouring Munich victims is divisive’

By Marcus Dysch and Simon Griver, June 7, 2012

An Israeli Olympic official has caused outrage after he refused to support the call for a minute’s silence at the London Olympics in honour of the 11 Israelis murdered by Palestinian terrorists 40 years ago.


Beach balls and human rights

By Peter Rosengard, June 6, 2012

With 56 days to go to the Olympics, I'm already excited. Everybody is. My friend Simon is so excited that he and his family are leaving London the week before and only coming back when the games are over.

"Are you crazy?" I asked. "Where's your Olympic spirit? Your patriotism? You'll miss the two most exciting weeks of your lives."


Dismore calls for silence to remember Israeli Olympic victims

By Marcus Dysch, May 31, 2012

London Mayor Boris Johnson has been urged to back calls for a minute’s silence at the Olympics to mark the 40th anniversary of the Munich terror attack which killed 11 Israeli team members.


Iran's Ahmadinejad wants to come to the London Olympics

By Jennifer Lipman, May 18, 2012

Iran's Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has "no business" attending the London Olympic Games this summer, the World Jewish Congress said this week.

The Iranian leader told the country's official news agency that he wanted to go to the games to watch some of the 50 Iranian athletes who had qualified compete for gold.


IOC: No silence for Munich at London Games

By Marcus Dysch, May 15, 2012

The International Olympic Committee has confirmed it will not hold a minute’s silence at this summer’s games to mark the 40th anniversary of the terrorist attack at the Munich Olympics.

Israel’s deputy foreign minister Danny Ayalon had written to the IOC last month supporting the widows of two of the victims after they called for a specific memorial during the London Olympics.


Munich massacre widow calls for silence at London Olympics

By Jennifer Lipman, April 23, 2012

The widow of one of the Israeli men murdered 40 years ago at the Munich Olympic Games has launched a petition asking for a commemorative silence to be observed during this summer's competition in London.


Israel boycott activist to take part in Olympic poetry festival

By Jennifer Lipman, April 18, 2012

Israeli and Palestinian poets will be on the bill at an international poetry festival later this year as part of the Cultural Olympiad.

Anat Zecharya, a Tel Aviv-born writer and photographer, will be one of the up to 204 poets from Olympic nations taking part in the week-long celebration of verse at the Southbank Centre.


Emma Thompson backs Israel boycott for Shakespeare festival

By Jennifer Lipman, April 2, 2012

British Oscar-winning actress Emma Thompson has added her name to a list of high-profile figures in the arts world calling on the Globe Theatre to cancel its invitation to an Israeli company to next month's Cultural Olympiad event.

Israel's national theatre company, Habima, was invited to stage one of 37 Shakespeare plays in foreign languages as part of the Globe to Globe festival.


Community carries the Olympic torch

By Jessica Elgot, March 22, 2012

Polish-born dinah Gould, 99, from Kenton, will be the oldest of nearly 8,000 torchbearers selected to carry the Olympic flame through the streets of the UK this summer. The Liberal Jewish Synagogue member will be 100 when she carries the flame through Barnet. Mrs Gould still runs exercise classes for residents of her block of flats.


Israeli Olympians return to Munich 40 years after massacre

By Jennifer Lipman, February 27, 2012

Seven Israeli Olympians who lost their teammates in the Munich Games massacre nearly 40 years ago returned to the city this week.