The widow of the one of the 11 Israelis murdered by Palestinian gunmen at the Munich Olympics in 1972, voiced her anger at the International Olympic Committee during a commemoration in London on Monday.
Guests at the service included senior British and German political figures as well as Jacques Rogge, President of the International Olympic Committee (IOC).
Relatives had campaigned for a minute’s silence during the opening ceremony of the London Games. They were unsuccessful and Ankie Spitzer, the widow of one of the victims, did not hold back her anger:
“So shame on you, International Olympics Committee because you have forsaken the 11 members of your Olympic family. You’re discriminating against them only because they’re Israelis and Jews.”
Her accusation drew loud applause from the audience.
The service was organised by Israel as it has been for every games since Sydney 2000. But relatives say the Israelis were killed on Olympic soil and the appropriate way to remember them was during the opening ceremony.