Olympics: Moment of silence for Munich 11 in New York

A moment of silence to commemorate the 40th anniversary of the massacre at the Munich Olympics will be streamed live from a suburban New York JCC on Aug. 12.

Ankie Spitzer, the widow of an Israeli coach killed at the 1972 Games, will join the JCC Maccabi Games at the JCC Rockland in West Nyack for the moment of silence to be streamed between 8 p.m. and 9 p.m. (EST) on www.jccrockland.org.

The JCC Rockland had initiated a petition drive, which turned into an international campaign, to hold a moment of silence at the London Olympics in memory of the 11 Israeli athletes and coaches killed by Palestinian terrorists at the Munich Olympics. The International Olympic Committee turned down the request.

Spitzer and other Munich victims’ families and the JCC Rockland say they will lobby the IOC for a moment of silence at the 2016 Games in Rio de Janeiro.

The petition can be found at www.change.org. — jta