NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwire - Jul 26, 2012) - The Opening Ceremony of the London Olympic Games begins this Friday, July 27th. Yet on the 40th anniversary of the Munich Massacre, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) has repeatedly refused to grant even one minute of silence to honor the fallen Israeli athletes at the Opening Ceremony. In response, Jspace.com has created the Munich 11 Virtual Memorial, a space where everyone can honor and remember the tragic events of September 1972.
At the Munich 11 Virtual Memorial you can read the stories of the Israeli athletes, coaches and judges killed that September, view a timeline of the events leading up to and following the 20-hour hostage standoff in the Olympic Village, visit the Jspace News Munich 11 section, and post comments and prayers on our interactive wall.
Major figures including President Barack Obama, Republican Party Nominee Mitt Romney, Israeli Deputy Foreign Minister Danny Ayalon, Canadian Foreign Minister John Baird, German Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle, and NBC Sportscaster Bob Costas joined the campaign begun by Munich widow Ankie Spitzer urging the IOC to dedicate just one minute of silence during the Opening Ceremony to the Israeli athletes killed on Olympic soil. The IOC has officially rejected their petition. Jspace, along with our partner organizations, is speaking out to honor and remember the Munich 11.
Meara Razon, VP of Community Outreach for Jspace.com, said, "The larger Jewish community has rallied behind this issue and we, here at Jspace, felt that it was important to provide a forum for individuals to both learn about the controversy and express their feelings. The IOC's refusal to properly honor these athletes is tragic, so we must take that responsibility upon ourselves."
Remember the lesson of the Munich 11. Never forget the consequences of hatred and intolerance.
Jspace.com is proud that so many organizations from its .ORG section have rallied behind and are helping to promote this important campaign.
Jspace.com would like to thank the following Organizations for their help and support:
3GNY, AJC ACCESS, Allied Jewish Federation of Colorado, American Associates of the Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, American Committee for Shaare Zedek Medical Center in Jerusalem, American Friends of Meir Panim, American Friends of the Israel National Museum of Science, American Jewish Committee, American Society of the University of Haifa, American Zionist Movement, Amit, ATID, Atlanta Jewish Gene Screen, The Blue Card, The David Project, Dor Chadash, Dror for the Wounded, Hasbara Fellowships, He'bro: For Gay Jews, Honest Reporting, Israel Way - Oranim Project, Israeli Guide Dog Center for the Blind, JStreet NY, Jewish Agency for Israel, The Jewish Community Relations Council of New York, Jewish International Connection New York, Jewish National Fund, Kings Bay Y, Manhattan Jewish Experience, March of the Living International, OTZMA, RAJEon, Reut Institute, Sh'ma Journal, Simon Wiesenthal Center, StandWithUs, Strength to Strength, Superheros Anonymous, Taglit Birthright Israel, ViZion YLD, YAD Allied Jewish Federation of Colorado, Yalla Israel Magazine, Yeshivat Chovevei Torah Rabbinical School, Tzofim Friends of Israel Scouts, Young Judaea, ZOA.
Jspace.com is a social portal designed with a user-friendly social network interface and includes a comprehensive worldwide city guide, nonstop coverage of Jewish news, event listings, information about Jewish holidays and practices, local and national nonprofit organizations, and Jewish dating.
Members can turn to Jspace to connect locally and in any other Jewish communities they may be visiting or relocating to. There is no cost associated with joining and using the site; it is free for users and organizations.