Italian Olympic Team Holds Moment of Silence for Israeli Victims of Munich Massacre

Italy honors massacre victims.

Members of the Israeli Olympic team at the Munich Olympic stadium for the memorial ceremony paying tribute to their countrymen killed by Palestinian terrorists. (Photo credit: Getty Images, 1972)

The Italian Olympic team held a moment of silence outside the quarters of the Israeli team in London. About 30 members of the team, staff and athletes, were present at the ceremony.
Arutz Sheva reported:

The Italian Olympic team at the London Olympic Games made a noble gesture Sunday and stood in silence outside the quarters of the Israeli team, in memory of the 11 athletes slain in the Munich Olympics 40 years ago, Voice of Israel radio reported Sunday.

About 30 Italians were present at the ceremony, including Italy’s Minister of Sport, the heads of the Italian Olympic Committee and athletes. Israeli Olympic Committee head Tzvi Varshaviak and Olympic delegation leader Efraim Zinger also took part.

According to an unverified report on the internet, the pilot and crew of a British airliner headed for Israel Thursday did what the Olympics Committee refused to do, and observed a moment of silence in memory of the Israel athletes murdered in Munich in 1972.

The “USA Stands with Israel” Facebook page, with over 10,000 subscribers, reported that the heartwarming gesture was made by a pilot for EasyJet, on a flight headed from the firm’s home base of Luton, England, to Tel Aviv.

NBC sportscaster Bob Costas led an improvised tribute to the Munich victims as the Israeli athletes walked into Olympic Stadium on Friday night.

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  • Redwine

    Wow! Bless them. The Italian team has the courage that the OIC does not.

  • Taqiyyotomist

    That is just beautiful, and heartwarming.

    The article goes on to describe another tribute:

    “The pilot came on the intercom and informed the passengers that the crew will be observing a minute of silence as they fly over Munich and he invited the passengers to join them in remembering the Israeli sportsmen who were murdered there at the Olympic Games 40 years ago,” according to the report.

    God bless us all, and turn to Him those of us who cannot see.

    This is the time… the Red Carpet is being rolled out for Christ’s return.

  • Granny

    God blesses those who bless Israel.

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  • Taqiyyotomist

    Jim’s last link:

    Despite the International Olympic Committee’s (IOC) refusal to hold a minute of silence to commemorate the 11 Israeli athletes who were brutally murdered 40 years ago at the 1972 Olympic Games in Munich, NBC sportscaster Bob Costas led his own, improvised, tribute as the 2012 Israeli athletes walked into Olympic Stadium Friday.

    “There have been calls from a number of quarters for the IOC to acknowledge that with a moment of silence at some point in tonight’s ceremony, the IOC denied that request noting it had honored the victims on other occasions,” Costas said on the telecast, as the athletes entered the stadium behind flag bearer Shahar Zubari.

    “Still, for many, tonight with the world watching is the true time and place to remember those who were lost and how and why they died,” he continued.

    Following his comments, Costas went silent for five-seconds before going to a commercial break.

    A short ceremony was also held at Israel’s embassy in London on Friday, July 27, followed by a global minute of silence.

    READ THE COMMENTS below the article.

    God is doing His subversive best right now, and even some of our newscasters, whom we mostly hold in derision and contempt, have stepped up — against nearly all hope — and (dare I say, and to the slight degree possible) redeemed themselves.

    May the Redeemer, God Almighty in Christ Jesus, continue to wake people up, and force them to shake off the fog which has, for so long, had them blinded to the truth.

  • Taqiyyotomist

    Aside from Brian Williams and Bob Costas:

    Jon Stewart and Jay Leno come to mind.

    Both are being awakened, and have been for quite some time.

    But they can’t be too obvious about it. They must be subversive.

    God bless them, and others like them. It takes a certain bravery to do what they are doing, in the industry (and the world) in which they are doing it.

  • bg


    Thank You Italy!!

    [On Monday, IOC head Jacques Rogge held a moment of silence in the
    Olympic Village, the first time the deaths have been commemorated in
    the athletes’ home during the Games.

    Along with Obama and now Romney, the U.S. Senate, the German
    Bundestag, the Canadian and Australian parliaments, about 50
    members of the British Parliament, the Israeli government, Jewish
    organizations worldwide and about 100 members of Australia’s
    Parliament have urged the IOC to hold a moment of silence.]

    “This flag dips for no earthly king.”
    — American shotputter Ralph Rose


  • Taqiyyotomist

    #8 bg

    From your first link: like Jim Hoft tends to do sometimes, sadly, a VERY misleading sub-headline…

    Republican presidential candidate, who refused to allow moment of silence at the 2002 Winter Games which he directed, now adds his support

    And when you read the article itself, Romney didn’t actually “refuse to allow” anything in 2002.

    COME ON, headline-writers. Quit with the deception.

  • Taqiyyotomist

    To a partisan,

    “not voicing similar support for a moment of silence” = “REFUSED TO ALLOW!!11eleventy!!”

  • Joe College

    Bravo, Italiani. Grazie a tutti.

    Now we know who’s still civilized.

  • Taqiyyotomist

    Someone give me evidence that Romney “REFUSED TO ALLOW” a moment of silence, like a heavy-handed dictator.

    You can’t.

  • bg


    Taqiyyotomist #9 July 30, 2012 at 12:22 pm

    i know, that’s why id didn’t use the title
    and posted the pertinent, imo, excerpt..

    too many sources of information on both sides of the isle aren’t helping
    by more or less asserting headlines are facts v presenting the issue “in
    context”.. some times i think the Star would be a read up so to speak..

    it’s a shame i couldn’t find a more conservative link expressing the reality,
    but there doesn’t seem to be one, and that too is an unfortunate reality..


  • bg


    Taqiyyotomist #12 July 30, 2012 at 12:25 pm

    evidently EVERYONE who didn’t honor ISRAEL at
    their OLYMPIC games REFUSED TO ALLOW IT!! :roll:

    aah, some people, i dunno, you just can’t fix stupid..


  • lizzy84

    Echoing thanks to the Italians and also to Costas.
    I’m not a fan of his, but he did good in this.

    Why the IOC will never memorialize the ’72 Munich massacre

    We will not forget.

  • bg


    lizzy84 #15 July 30, 2012 at 12:40 pm


    connecting the past to the present

    The Turban and the Swastika


  • lizzy84

    thnx for the links bg.

    I’d also recommend Glenn Beck’s ‘The Revolutionary Holocaust’ to anyone who has not viewed it..the socialist/progressives despise it because it spotlights their ICONS saying the most astounding things.The whole thing can be found here:

  • Patty


  • MicahStone

    Italian Olympic Team Holds Moment of Silence for Israeli Victims of Munich Massacre

    …and did the leftist a-holes at the IOC then kick them out of the olympics?

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  • reliapundit


    GEN 12:3

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  • dnb

    Thank you very much Italian olympians. You are a class act. May God bless you and yours.

  • Big Al

    God bless the Italians for their courage and thoughtfulness. I read an article that the slaughter in 1972 has NEVER been recognized by or at the Olympic games.. Can that be right? I couldn’t believe it. That is a complete and total outrage.

  • Taqiyyotomist

    #23 Reliapundit

    You will be right, guaranteed.

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  • bg


    lizzy84 #17 July 30, 2012 at 1:08 pm

    you’re welcome, and thank you..


  • bg


    Patty #26 July 30, 2012 at 2:30 pm

    uhg, they all need to shut up and take care of business first, as in fact
    finding vs mealy mouthed inferences, that goes double for journalists..


  • RickZ

    The unbending spirit of Fabrizio Quattrocchi lives on.

    Well done, Italian Olympic Team.

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  • Peter

    What a beautiful, thoughtful and compassionate thing to do. Bless those people!

  • glenda urmacher

    I refuse to watch or support the olypmics since the munich massacres.
    this is a disgusting organization and they are responsible for the massacre
    they refused Israel’s right to post guards, once the hostages were taken, they refuse Israeli sharpshooter access to the team mates who were slaughters, tortured, castrated while still alive.
    who would go to this circus of supporters of murderers
    thank you to all who remember and paid tribute to the heros of the munich olympics-

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