TORONTO, June 12, 2012 /CNW/ - This summer marks the 40th anniversary of the Munich Olympics, at which 11 members of the Israeli
national team were murdered by Palestinian terrorists. Despite requests
from the state of Israel and others in the global community, the
International Olympic Committee (IOC) has so far refused to allow a
minute of silence in honour of the victims of Munich at the opening
ceremonies of the 2012 Games.
In recent weeks, the Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs has engaged
with key officials in Canada's federal government, as well as leading
members of the opposition, to urge Canada to call on the IOC to reverse
its decision. As a result of these efforts, the Centre is pleased to
announce that an official letter expressing disappointment on behalf of
Canada has been sent to the IOC by Minister of Foreign Affairs John
Baird and Minister of State for Sport Bal Gosal. A parallel Liberal
Party parliamentary initiative to have a motion in the House, led by MP
Irwin Cotler, speaks to the cross-party consensus from which Canada's
stance has emerged.
In response, David Koschitzky, Chair of the Centre for Israel and Jewish
Affairs, issued the following statement:
"We applaud the Government and members of the opposition for this
principled initiative. In calling on the IOC to reverse its shameful
decision to refuse to honour those slain at Munich, Canada once again
stands out as a moral leader on the world stage.
"As Jewish Canadians recall the horrors of the Munich Games, at which 11
innocent men were targeted simply because they represented the Jewish
state, we are grateful that Canada has joined this growing
international campaign. There is still time for the IOC to do the right
thing, and we are hopeful it will finally heed the calls issued by
Canada, Israel, and others around the world."
The Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs is a non-partisan organization
that serves as the Canadian Jewish community's official spokesperson to
government and media.
To read the letter from Minister Baird and Minister Gosal to the
International Olympic Committee, click here.
SOURCE Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs
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