Australian lawmakers urge moment of silence at Olympics

Australia’s prime minister signed a letter calling for a moment of silence at the London Olympics in memory of the 11 Israelis killed at the 1972 Munich Olympics.

The letter, addressed to the International Olympic Committee, came in the wake of committee president Jacques Rogge’s rejection of Israel’s suggestion that the 40th anniversary of the Munich tragedy should be recognized during the opening ceremony of next month’s Games. Rogge said that instead he would attend a special service in London and IOC officials would attend memorials organized by the Israelis. — jta