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Tablet’s Moment of Silence

On the eve of the London Olympics, our tribute to the 11 Israelis murdered at the 1972 Munich games

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You can’t see this post right now, because Tablet Magazine has gone dark in memory of the eleven Israeli athletes and coaches who were murdered at the 1972 Olympic Games in Munich. As this year’s Olympics get underway tonight, on the 40th anniversary of that horrific event, the International Olympic Committee has repeatedly refused to mark the occasion or honor the memory of the slain Olympians. Tablet is observing our own moment of silence by closing down our website for five minutes at noon today.

Last week, the Holocaust historian Deborah Lipstadt wrote in Tablet about the IOC’s stunning decision to refuse this request for a tribute. An international chorus of lawmakers, media personalities, and dignitaries from the United States, Canada, Germany, Italy, and Australia have either called for the IOC to observe moment of silence or made their own tributes to the murdered Israelis. This is our effort, and we invite you to join us in marking this moment by sharing this tribute with whomever you think might find it meaningful.

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Tablet’s Moment of Silence

On the eve of the London Olympics, our tribute to the 11 Israelis murdered at the 1972 Munich games

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