Because the International Olympic Committee has refused to hold a minute’s silence during the opening ceremony of the London 2012 Olympics on Friday, in tribute to the 11 Israeli team members murdered in the 1972 Munich massacre, the Zionist Federation UK has launched its own Minute For Munich event. It is encouraging people to take a minute of silence at 11 a.m. wherever they are in the world on Friday.

At time of writing over 17,000 people had indicated they were “attending” the event via its Facebook page; more than 130,000 have been invited.

The Zionist Federation will be holding a memorial ceremony at the Israeli Embassy, which it plans to broadcast via live stream.

The campaign has been run alongside a petition started by widows Ankie Spitzer and Ilana Romano, which attracted over 100,000 signatories and was presented to IOC President Jacques Rogge on Wednesday.

Minute For Munich has been endorsed by such institutions as Hillel Russia, Aliyah Chicago, American Zionist Movement, European Jewish Parliament and the World Union of Jewish Students.

Support has also stemmed from organizations in the UK, including youth movements, the United Synagogue, Liberal Judaism, Christian groups and charitable groups.

Rt Hon John Bercow MP, Speaker of the House of Commons commented, “I am pleased to send my support for the worldwide 1 minute silence taking place on 27 July for the eleven victims of the 1972 Munich Olympic Games massacre. I also wish to pay tribute to those who campaign so tirelessly for this terrible event to be commemorated.”