In advance of the Olympic Games, which begin next week in London, Senators unanimously approved a resolution sponsored by Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) intended to memorialize the horrific events at the Munich Olympics forty years ago. In 1972, eleven members of the Israeli Olympic Team and a West German police officer were killed in a terrorist attack by the Black September Palestinian terrorist group at the Games.
The Senate resolution declares, “the International Olympic Committee has an obligation and the ability to fully and publicly promote the ideals embodied in the Olympic Charter, which states, `The goal of Olympism is to place sport at the service of the harmonious development of humankind, with a view to promoting a peaceful society concerned with the preservation of human dignity.'” Given that, the resolution states that the Senate will hold a moment of silence in honor of the victims of the 1972 Munich Olympics attack and it urges the International Olympic Committee to arrange the same at the 2012 Olympics Opening Ceremony next Friday. President Obama has weighed in with support for this effort, but thus far the International Olympic Committee has been cool to the idea.
By Aaron Mercer, Vice President Government Relations