2012 London Olympics

Munich silence ban: Rogge refuses to deny anti-Israel bias

By Jennifer Lipman, July 26, 2012

The two Munich massacre widows who came to London to plead with IOC president Jacques Rogge for a minute's silence at the London Games emerged devastated and heartbroken from their 30-minute meeting with him on Wednesday night.


The double standards of the International Olympic Committee

By Jennifer Lipman, July 26, 2012

A video that highlights the IOC's refusal to hold a memorial for the Munich victims - despite having commemorated Olympians in this way before.


Rogge refuses to deny anti-Israel stance

By Jennifer Lipman, July 25, 2012


The widows of two of the Israelis murdered at the Munich Olympics emerged distraught and heartbroken following a meeting with IOC President Jacques Rogge this evening.

Ankie Spitzer and Ilana Romano spent half an hour pleading with Mr Rogge to change his stance on holding a minute’s silence at Friday’s London 2012 opening ceremony.


Munich widows ask Londoners to stage own silences

By Jennifer Lipman, July 25, 2012

Forty years after her husband was murdered in Munich by Palestinian terrorists, Ilana Romano is still hopeful that the International Olympics Committee will reconsider and officially commemorate the 11 slain Israeli athletes at the opening tonight.


London Munich silence planned for Olympic opening ceremony day

By Jennifer Lipman, July 24, 2012

A silence is to be held on the day of the Olympic opening ceremony in central London to mark 40 years since the Munich massacre.

In response to the repeated refusal of the International Olympic Committee to hold a minute's silence during the opening ceremony or at all during the course of the Games, individuals have decided to take matters into their own hands.


'Germany warned' about Munich Olympics massacre

By Jamie Michaels, July 23, 2012

Germany received a tip-off from a Palestinian informant in Beirut that Palestinians were planning an "incident", three weeks before the 1972 Olympic Games Munich massacre, a German news magazine has disclosed.


BBC claims 'online lobby' generated complaints over refusal to identify Israel's capital

By Marcus Dysch, July 23, 2012

The BBC has claimed that complaints over its refusal to identify Jerusalem as the capital of Israel in its online Olympic guide were “generated by online lobby activity”.

In response to a viewer’s complaint, the corporation’s complaints department responded: “We feel it is worth explaining that a considerable number of complaints have been generated by online lobby activity.”


So let me get this straight

By Jenni Frazer, July 23, 2012

Jacques Rogge is president of the International Olympic Committee.

Jacques Rogge, in this capacity, has consistently and repeatedly refused to hold a minute's silence in memory of the 11 murdered Israeli athletes. Their deaths, incidentally, took place at the Munich Games at which Rogge himself represented his country as an Olympian.


IOC's Rogge holds Munich memorial but stands firm on official silence

By Jennifer Lipman, July 23, 2012

The president of the International Olympics committee has observed a silence in memory of the Israeli athletes murdered by Palestinian terrorists at the Munich Olympics.

Jacques Rogge, who has repeatedly refused calls to hold an official silence during the Games themselves, reportedly staged the memorial in the athletes' village on Monday morning.


Boris Johnson honours Munich victims at Hackney ceremony

By Jennifer Lipman, July 22, 2012

A plaque has been unveiled near the Olympic village to honour the victims of the 1972 Munich massacre.

London Mayor Boris Johnson was joined by Yosef Romano, nephew of one of the murdered Israelis, as wreaths were laid during the commemoration in an art gallery near Hackney Town Hall, organised by Councillor Linda Kelly and Martin Sugarman.