Congresswoman Nita Lowey (D-NY) today issued the following statement on President Obama's support for a minute of silence at the upcoming Olympics to honor the Israeli Olympic team members who were killed at the 1972 Games in Munich:
I am pleased the President Obama has added his voice to our calls to the International Olympic Committee (IOC) to observe a minute of silence to honor the Munich 11 at the opening ceremonies of this year's Olympics. I am disappointed that so far, the IOC has refused to do so. A minute of silence would honor the memories of the Israeli athletes, coaches, and referees who lost their lives while representing their nation at the 1972 Olympics, and it would remind the world of the terrible consequences of hatred and intolerance. I hope that the President's support will prompt the IOC to reconsider.