Ankie Spitzer to lead worldwide minute of silence Sunday for Munich 11
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Ankie Spitzer to lead worldwide minute of silence Sunday for Munich 11

Widow of Israeli coach who was killed at the 1972 Games will join the JCC Maccabi Games opening ceremonies

Israeli Ankie Spitzer, widow of the Israeli Olympic fencing coach Andrei Spitzer killed by Palestinian gunmen at the 1972 Munich Olympics, talks to the media during a news conference ahead of the 2012 Summer Olympics, in July (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)
Israeli Ankie Spitzer, widow of the Israeli Olympic fencing coach Andrei Spitzer killed by Palestinian gunmen at the 1972 Munich Olympics, talks to the media during a news conference ahead of the 2012 Summer Olympics, in July (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)

WASHINGTON (JTA) — Ankie Spitzer will lead a livestreamed, worldwide minute of silence to honor the 11 members of the Israeli Olympic team killed in a terror attack at the 1972 Munich Games.

Spitzer, the widow of an Israeli coach who was killed at the 1972 Games, will join the JCC Maccabi Games opening ceremonies at the JCC Rockland in suburban New York for the moment of silence to be streamed on http://www.jccrockland.org/maccabi on Sunday at 8 p.m. local time.

The JCC Rockland had initiated a petition drive, which turned into an international campaign, to hold a moment of silence at the opening ceremonies of the London Olympics in memory of the 11 Israeli athletes and coaches killed by Palestinians terrorists at the Munich Olympics. The International Olympic Committee turned down the request despite high-profile supporters such as President Obama, presumptive Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney and governments around the world.

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