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St. Louis Jewish Light

The New York Post uses its Aug. 8, 2012 cover to shine a light on gold-medal-winning gymnast Aly Raisman after she told reporters that she would have honored a moment of silence in memory of the Israeli athletes killed at the Munich Olympics in 1972.

Raisman says she was for Munich 11 moment of silence

JTA REPORTPublished August 8, 2012

Jewish-American gymnast Aly Raisman expressed her support for a moment of silence at the Olympics for the Israelis killed at the 1972 Munich Games. Raisman was speaking to reporters Tuesday following her gold medal performance in the floor exercise. “Having...

Munich 11 widows Elana Romano, second from left, and Ankie Spitzer, right, with Australian Ambassador to Israel Andrea Faulkner and Israeli Deputy Foreign Minister Danny Ayalon at a meeting in Jerusalem, July 3, 2012.

IOC’s Rogge hears sharp criticism at London memorial for Munich 11

By Miriam Shaviv, JTAPublished August 7, 2012

LONDON — The president of the International Olympic Committee came under attack from successive speakers at a London memorial for the Munich 11. Jacques Rogge, who was in the audience on Monday night, was blamed for refusing to allow a minute of silence...

Alex Gilady, second from right, shaking hands with British Ambassador to Israel Matthew Gould in Tel Aviv as Zvika Vershaviak and Efraim Zinger of the Olympic Committee of Israel look on, March 14, 2011.

Some see Alex Gilady, the IOC’s Israeli, as villain in minute of silence defeat

By Miriam Shaviv, JTAPublished August 6, 2012

LONDON -- Was the only Israeli on the International Olympic Committee instrumental in stopping a tribute to the Munich 11 at the opening ceremony of the 2012 London Games? In the past few weeks, a war of words has erupted between the official, Alex Gilady,...

Congressmen to hold moment of silence for Munich 11

By Neil Rubin, JTAPublished July 25, 2012

WASHINGTON — Members of the U.S. House of Representatives will hold a moment of silence for the 11 Israeli athletes and coaches slain by Palestinian terrorists at the 1972 Munich Olympics. “We’re going to give one-minute speeches on the House floor...

Ankie Spitzer speaking at Clarkstown High School South in West Nyack, N.Y., about the Munich Massacre, Nov. 2010.

How the Munich 11 petition went viral

By Neil Rubin, JTAPublished July 25, 2012

WASHINGTON — It began two years ago as an idea by volunteers at a suburban Jewish community center and turned into a major international campaign, galvanizing everyone from President Barack Obama to the mayor of London. And in case you haven’t heard...

The colorful home page for Mindy Meyer, a 22-year-old Orthodox Jewish candidate for the New York State Senate.

Jason Alexander’s Aurora tweets, Dunham’s Jewish Emmy response, Bieber endorses Jewish singer

By JTA Staff, 6NoBaconPublished July 24, 2012

NEW YORK — When tragedy struck last week in Aurora, Colo., Jewish celebrities were among those who took to Twitter to express their shock, outrage and sadness at news that a gunman had opened fire in a crowded theater showing “The Dark Knight Rises,"...

Graphic from the official Palestinian Olympic Facebook page, featuring the five Palestinian Olympians for the 2012 Summer games in London.

Palestinian Olympic participation brings conflict to the fore

By Ben Sales, JTAPublished July 19, 2012

RAMALLAH, West Bank -- A portrait of the two most prominent Palestinian leaders -- current Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas and former President Yasser Arafat, who died in 2004 -- hangs in the conference room of the Palestinian Olympic Committee...

Israel’s Olympians heading to London thinking medals, remembering slain countrymen

By Ben Sales, JTAPublished July 9, 2012

TEL AVIV — Israelis and their Summer Olympics athletes are eyeing the upcoming London Games with excitement and disappointment. The athletes are hoping that for the sixth straight summer Games, at least one of them will come home with a medal. Yet they...

The Tower Bridge in London, decorated with the five Olympic rings in preparation for the 2012 Summer Games, June 2012.

As London’s Jews prepare for Olympics, Munich 11 on their minds

By Miriam Shaviv, JTAPublished July 2, 2012

LONDON — For the British Jewish community, the most memorable moment of the London Olympics may be a somber one.On Aug. 6, several hundred people are expected to attend a commemoration for the 11 Israeli athletes and coaches murdered by Palestinian...

A man dressed as Elmo from Sesame Street is shown yelling anti-Semitic slurs in New Yorks Times Square, June 2012.

Friday Five: Ankie Spitzer, Hateful Elmo, Aaron Sorkin, Mikhail Fridman and Pamela Geller

By JTA StaffPublished June 29, 2012

The global chorus is getting louder: Lawmakers and leaders from countries around the globe are calling for a moment of silence at this year’s summer Olympics to remember the 11 Israelis murdered by terrorists at the 1972 Olympic Games. One of the most...

Ankie Spitzer, right, with David Kirschtel, CEO of JCC Rockland, in front of the JCCs recently installed memorial sculpture dedicated to the 11 Israelis who died at the 1972 Munich Olympics.

Munich 11 widow Ankie Spitzer keeps up her fight for a minute of Olympic time

By Marla Cohen, JTAPublished June 28, 2012

WEST NYACK, N.Y. — The room was splashed in blood, the walls riddled with bullet holes. Ankie Spitzer stood amid the chaos and made a vow. “If this is the place where Andrei spent the last hours of his life, he and his friends, I am not going to...

Letters to the Editor, week of March 7, 2012

Published March 7, 2012

Letter provokes responses Norman Pressman raises an interesting point in his objection to the all-girls musical productions of Block Yeshiva and Bais Yaakov (Letter to the editor, Feb. 29). He is correct that I will not be able to attend my own daughter’s...

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