The IOC refused to permit a moment of silence for the Israeli athlete victims of the Palestinian terrorists at Munich. The Palestinians claimed that such a moment of silence would be "racist".
Originally Posted by ralph wiggum
Palestinian official on Thursday weighed in on the debate surrounding demands for a moment of silence during the opening ceremony of the Olympic games. He claimed that expressing solidarity with the 11 victims of a terror attack at the 1972 Munich Olympics would constitute “racism,” the Palestinian media watchdog Palestinian Media Watch reported.
Jibril Rajoub, the former head of the Preventive Security Force and current president of the Palestinian Olympic Committee, sent a letter Tuesday to IOC President Jacques Rogge thanking him for his refusal to allow a moment of silence in memory of the slain Israeli athletes during the opening ceremony of the Olympics July 27.
“Sports are a bridge for love, communication and the spreading of peace between nations and should not be used for divisiveness and the spread of racism,” Rajoub wrote Rogge, according to PMW.
The opening ceremonies had a couple of interesting moments, the best being the parachute jump by the Queen and James Bond (a stunt double and Daniel Craig, in character, in a video that featured the real Queen stepping into a helicopter with "Mr. Bond"). The worst was the insipid commentary of Matt Lauer and Meredith Viera. I'd ask if NBC could have found someone who wasn't a complete moron to narrate the opening, but given their news division's conduct with doctored audio and video lately, I guess that we're lucky that they didn't put on Rachel Maddow and Ed Schultz.