BOB COSTAS FULFILLS his promise to remember those athletes killed 40 years ago, calling out the IOC for not taking a moment tonight to remember.
From the Hollywood Reporter:
“The Israeli athletes now enter behind their flag-bearer Shahar Zubari,” said Costas. “These games mark the 40th anniversary of the 1972 tragedy in Munich, when 11 Israeli coaches and athletes were murdered by Palestinian terrorists. There have been calls from a number of quarters for the IOC to acknowledge that, with a moment of silence at some point in tonight’s ceremony. The IOC denied that request, noting it had honored the victims on other occasions. And, in fact, this week [IOC president] Jacques Rogge led a moment of silence before about 100 people in the athlete’s village. Still, for many, tonight, with the world watching, is the true time and place to remember those who were lost, and how and why they died.”
NBC OLYMPICS is offering livestreaming coverage from the web or your mobile device for the first time in Olympic history.
On a political note regarding Israel, on the day before Mitt Romney visits that country, Pres. Obama strengthened Israeli-U.S. military tied, as well as funded the missile defense package called “Iron Dome.” From Reuters:
President Barack Obama signed a measure on Friday to strengthen U.S.-Israeli military ties, a move that could score points with American Jewish voters on the eve of Republican rival Mitt Romney’s highly publicized visit to Israel. Obama also used the White House bill-signing ceremony to announce he was releasing $70 million in approved funding for Israel’s short-range rocket shield known as “Iron Dome,” a project backed strongly by the powerful U.S. pro-Israel lobby.