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Maccabi World Union Hosts Minute's Silence from Brussels Synagogue: 100+ Synagogues Took Part

The Maccabi World Union, the largest Jewish sports organization spanning 5 continents, 450 clubs and over 60 countries, organized this evening, 27th of July, a commemoration in more than 100 Synagogues across the world in remembrance of the 11 Israeli athletes who were killed in the 1972 Munich Olympics. A few hours before the 2012 London Olympics opening ceremony, the European Synagogue of Brussels participated in this symbolic and significant event for world Jewry. A part of the Jewish community of Brussels took part in this act to pay tribute to the families of the murdered athletes and to the athletes themselves. This year marks the 40th anniversary of one of the most terrible events in history. The European Jewish Parliament and Maccabi Brussels coordinated the Maccabi World Union's initiative in the European capital. The Jewish community is still shocked by the International Olympic Committee's reluctance to observe a minute's silence at the Olympic Games in memory of the 11 Israeli athletes killed in Munich, 40 years ago. Israeli officials even think that since Munich a commemoration should've been organized every 4 years. Such events will help people remember one of the darkest days in sports history. But these experiences should not always be organized by Jewish associations themselves. If the international sports authorities encouraged people not to forget these sad moments, it would surely have a considerable impact worldwide. Frédéric Darmuzey, JN1, Brussels.
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